2014 Ferrari 458 Speciale Review, Price and Release – Welcome to Neocarsuv.Com, we will provide the latest information about the Ferrari 458 Speciale Redesign. 2014 Ferrari 458 Speciale is one brand new car from Ferrari that will be release in 2014. We will also review about the price, interior, exterior and engine of the 2014 Ferrari 458 Speciale.
The Ferrari 458 Speciale joins the Ferrari range alongside the 458 Italia and 458 Spider and, like all special-series Ferraris, is aimed at a specific kind of owner, in this case those looking for an even more focused sports car that offers extreme driving emotions.
Whether on the road or on the track, drivers will feel immediately at one with the 458 Speciale thanks to the speed with which it responds to every input and the consequently natural control that it offers, even in extreme manoeuvres. This finely-tuned handling balance enables the car to reach the highest performance levels of any Ferrari V8.
Ferrari’s core engineering philosophy centres around pushing the envelope with each new model whilst maintaining the innate chassis balance and handling that ensures that even non-professional drivers can extract maximum performance and driving pleasure. With the new Ferrari 458 Speciale all clients will be able to drive on the limit on the track as well as experience the exhilaration of genuinely sporty driving even at lower speeds on demanding roads.
Pricing hasn’t been revealed yet.
Aerodynamic requirements guided the work of the Ferrari Styling Centre which collaborated on the project with Pininfarina to sculpt forms that are more performance-oriented than ever, balancing aerodynamic requirements while staying true to Ferrari’s aesthetic philosophy.
Most of the bodywork panels have been redesigned without modifying either the passenger cell or the signature design features of the 458 Italia. The thickness of the glass used has been reduced to cut weight, while the rear windscreen is now a Lexan© panel.
The composite bumpers have been redesigned and the front bonnet now features two deep air outlets to channel away the air exiting the radiator.
The air outlets to the side of the headlight assemblies now also include three louvers reminiscent of Ferraris of the past, from the 250 GTO to the F40. The rear features a Kamm tail with a full-width grille and twin exhausts.
The first thing that stands out on this cranked-up 458 is its sexy red paint combined with blue and white stripes down the center of the car.
Up front, the changes to the Italia are fairly drastic, as it now features a reverse-vented hood to help allow freer airflow and reduce drag. Additionally, Ferrari installed a heavily modified front skirt that features “moveable aerodynamics” — whatever Ferrari means by this — that help lower drag and increase downforce. The other aerodynamic-enhancing mods are pretty obvious and they include slits on the outer edges of the front apron, a more open mouth in the apron and the aforementioned reverse-vented hood.
From the side, we can only make out two changes. These changes include the addition of louvers on the front-fender vents and small wings just rear of the doors to help guide the airflow and increase stability.
Around back, the changes become slightly more intense. Ferrari installed a full-length grille on the rear end — as opposed to the grille on each side — to keep the engine cooler and to allow freer airflow. Just below the grille we see a new exhaust setup that features a pair of split pipes in place of the in-line trio of tailpipes found on the base 458. Just below these pipes is the big addition: a massive rear diffuser to help minimize aerodynamic lift and to guide the air smoothly from under the supercar.
Additionally, Ferrari dropped the 458’s weight to just 1,290 kg (2,844 pounds), which is down from the stock weight of 1,380 kg (3,042 pounds). Unfortunately, Ferrari did not reveal how it cut nearly 200 pounds from the supercar’s stock weight, but we’re sure it’ll reveal more in Frankfurt.
Overall, the bodywork is far from over the top and it is easy to see that this entire setup has a possibility of making its way to production. Kudos to the folks at Ferrari for saying away from an extreme-looking concept.
The cockpit features a distinctly racing-inspired atmosphere, with simplicity the order of the day. Lightweight exclusive technical materials, such as Alcantara and carbon-fibre, are used extensively but meld seamlessly with the superb craftsmanship and sophistication typical of all Ferrari interiors, courtesy of exclusive details, contrasting hand-stitching, aluminium triangular-pattern tread plates and sills with a pewter grey finish, and particularly fluidly sculpted door panels.
The glove compartment on the dash has been replaced with convenient odds and ends pockets on the tunnel and doors. This has significantly streamlined the volumes under the dash adding practical padding at knee level.
Onboard ergonomics are absolutely functional with all controls clustered around the driver and on the steering wheel. This concept has been further enhanced by the use of the iconic bridge, a carbon-fibre wing that extends over the central tunnel section, putting the F1 gearbox controls at an ideal angle to the driver. There is also a comfortable leg rest cushion on the driver’s side of the tunnel.
The Sabelt seats have carbon-fibre shells and boast excellent side bolstering thanks to an ergonomic design which also helps contain weight. The shoulder-rests are trimmed in Alcantara for improved grip while seated and the backrests are padded with a breathable 3D fabric to guarantee excellent air circulation and comfort.
The Ferrari 458 Speciale is being unveiled in an unusual red livery featuring a blue and white central stripe inspired by the historic NART (North America Racing Team) livery which is available on request. Characterised by five exceptionally slender spokes, its newly designed forged wheels are available in gold, dark grey and black.
The 458 Speciale’s mid-rear-mounted 4497 cc GDI engine is the most powerful naturally aspirated Ferrari 8-cylinder ever developed, punching out 605 cv at 9000 rpm and maximum torque of 540 Nm at 6000 rpm, while its record 135 cv/l specific power output is also the highest ever achieved by a naturally-aspirated road-going engine.
F1 technology transfer to the Ferrari 458 Speciale was of fundamental importance to its development, including the production processes. The engine is produced in the factory’s in-house foundry using the same machinery and processes as employed by the F1 team for complex components with the extreme structural and dimensional characteristics needed for a naturally-aspirated engine capable of hitting 9000 rpm.
To achieve these results, Maranello’s engineers have maximised the 458’s V8 potential, carrying out detailed refinements to all the components to optimise combustion, volumetric and mechanical efficiency.
Maximum combustion efficiency is guaranteed by a highly evolved knock control system which senses the ionisation across the spark plug gap thereby optimising combustion across the entire rev range.
The other main challenge aside from boosting power was to improve torque across the entire power curve. This involved increasing the compression ratio to an exceptional 14:1, the highest value ever achieved by a naturally-aspirated V8, which was achieved by modifying piston geometries.
The fluid-dynamics of the combustion chamber were revised to optimise both the intake and exhaust phases. The intakes feature new geometry, both with regard to the manifolds and the cylinder heads, with shorter inlet ducts (-10 mm) in the former instance, and in the latter a higher valve lift (+5%). A new cam profile not only increases valve lift but also helps reduce average pressure during the pumping cycle.