Status Design, a Russian tuning firm, has unveiled a styling and performance package for the Ferrari F430, proving that a car with that much power as it is can still be tweaked to give it even more boost. Overkill? Perhaps, but that’s how Russia rolls, right? Give them a vacuum cleaner and they won’t waste a minute putting some rocket boosters in it.
But we’re digressing. To be honest, we actually love what Status Design has done with this F430 using their SU35 kit. For starters, they gave the supercar’s already powerful 4.3-liter V8 engine a recalibrated engine control unit and an off-the-wall exhaust, which spikes up the car’s overall power to 525 horsepower with a top speed of over 200 mph. For those who think that figure’s still a little on the turtlish side, Status Design will be offering these whack jobs a supercharging kit courtesy of Novitec, which boosts the F430’s power to an eye-popping 700 horsepower.
As for aesthetics, the SU35 package comes with an integrated carbon lip with a rear bumper and a rear wing made from carbon fiber. Speaking of carbon fiber, the SD-tuned F430 has loads of it all over the car. In addition to the wing, there’s also more of the material in the mirrors, side skirts, rear wing, and hood.
Like what you see here by Status Design? Well check out the BMW X6 they featured a couple weeks ago. These guys seem to know what they are doing.
Back in March, Premier4509 unveiled the first details on their new tuning package for the Ferrari F430 with the promise that the package would be available starting in June. Thankfully, it seems the tuner has kept their promise as a gorgeous red Ferrari F430 Premier4509 has been spotted in Germany.
There will only be 300 units of this beautiful car out there, each coming with new bumpers front and rear, new side skirts, a new diffuser, and a big spoiler. The car also comes with 19-inch and 20-inch wheels on the front and rear, respectively. Customers can also opt to receive a rear wing and exhaust tip for their beautiful vehicle.
We just hope that as many customers as possible will choose this incredible red instead of that fade white firstly unveiled by Premier4509. The red follows suit with the Ferrari spirit much better!
More often than not, valets are a pretty sketchy bunch. You give them the keys to your car and for the next few hours or so, they can pretty much do whatever they want with it, including giving it to another person who doesn’t even own the car.
According to The Herald Sun, that’s precisely what happened in Australia when professional poker player Van Marcus dropped by the Crowne Casino in Melbourne for a nice, little poker action. After having his Ferrari F430 picked up by valet parking, a certain Adam Ramsey somehow ended up taking the car and driving it home. It turns out that after seeing the F430, Ramsey approached the valet folks saying that he had lost his ticket. Whether it was a case of a flawed policy or just plain idiocy, the valet crew merely asked Ramsey to jot down his personal information before handing him the keys of the F430.
Predictably, Marcus was a little pissed off when he found out that his prized F430 left without him - and with someone else driving it away. Fortunately for Marcus, the Melbourne police were quick on the job, tracking down the car six hours late when Ramsey had to stop for gas - or petrol, as our Aussie friends call it. Ramsey’s now facing charges for vehicle theft and will most likely serve time for boosting the F430.
The lesson here is pretty simple. Valet parking should be a last resort, especially for those with cars that are of the exotic variety. And Marcus, well, he said the car just didn’t feel the same after being taken for a little joyride by a total stranger. We feel for you, buddy.
If you missed the previous sighting, it’s time to show you another strange looking Ferrari F430 Spider. It seems that everyone is going wrap-crazy and creating more stimulating designs that do anything, but camouflage the actual vehicle. Case in point: this F430 is painted in matte white with black wraps. The wrap is more military-style and is combined with black and white wheels and yellow brake pads. Even the mirrors are all wrapped up and the rear lights are blackened.
The guy that spotted the car also said it featured a new exhaust system that produces an incredibly Ferrari-authentic sound.
Of course, at first sight, 182 mph is not a world record. But for a blind man, such a speed is more than just a record. This amazing number was hit by Metin Senturk, a Turkish singer, while driving a Ferrari F430 at the Urfa airport in eastern Turkey.
He entered the Guinness World Records with a top speed of 292.89 km/h (181.9 mph), breaking the previous record of 284 kph (176 mph), held by a British bank manager.
"I don’t think there are any words to describe this feeling. I am really happy. It was really hard, like a dance with death," said Senturk.
Zeljko Kerum, the mayor of Split, Croatia, should now know better on who to trust with his high-priced supercars. His 20-year old nephew, Joseph Kerum, shouldn’t be one of them especially after the latter ended up crashing his uncle’s beloved Ferrari 430 Spyder in the age old case of driving while in an intoxicated state.
Apparently, the younger Kerum was on his way home from a drunken night out on the town when he lost control of the 430 Spyder at the A1 motorway at Sestanovac and ended up violently crashing the car into a guard rail. The impact was so devastating that the car bounced back from the guard rail and spun a number of times before crashing again, this time on the other side of the motorway.
As the photos of the car plainly illustrate, the F430 Spyder was completely mangled, casting doubts as to whether it can even be repaired.
Fortunately, Joseph Kerum escaped the accident without any major injuries, although that may not be the case after he tells his uncle that his Ferrari 430 won’t be making its way home anytime soon, if ever.
Metin Senturk is a pretty popular man in his homeland of Turkey. As one of the country’s pre-eminent pop stars, Sentruk draws quite a big following. What makes Sentruk such a special figure, though, is not because he can belt out a wide range of songs, but because he’s actually blind.
If you’re one to feel sorry for the man, don’t be. Despite not being given the gift of sight, Sentruk is making the most of his life in more ways than one and not just by selling millions of albums in Turkey. Here’s the thing: despite being blind, Sentruk has an underlying affinity for cars – and fast ones at that.
Recently, the blind Turkish pop star drove – yeah, he drives! – his 600-horsepower Ferrari F430 at a runway of an airport in Urfa, Turkey. Except for a few minor tips from rally driver Volkan Isik, Sentruk singlehandedly blasted the F430 reaching speeds in excess of 181.44 miles per hour. This huge feat allowed him to set a world-record for the fastest speed achieved by an unaccompanied blind person, breaking the previous record held by Mike Newman’s 176.47 mph top speed.
It goes without saying that Metin Sentruk is a hero, not just to the visually-impaired, but for those with disabilities everywhere. Sentruk showed that despite not being able to see, it didn’t stop him from achieving something even the most hardened of car nuts wouldn’t dare to do.
We toast to you, Mr. Metin Sentruk. Job well done, sir!
The Malaysian Grand Prix isn’t scheduled until two weeks, but from the looks of things, Ferrari is already waking waves in Malaysia.
Only it doesn’t even involve the Maranello-based automaker’s Formula One team. In a video that would make every Ferrari fan salivate, three F430’s were shot engaging in a fun Prancing Horse race on a road leading up to the Genting Highlands.
Who wins this race is pretty irrelevant to us. All we care about are those F430s, and three of them in one video is more than enough for us to sit back, relax, and enjoy the video.
By now, we’d be hard-pressed to doubt Underground Racing on their capabilities with upgrading supercars with Twin-Turbo models. Last time they did it, they tuned a customized Lamborghini Gallardo and gave it over 1,000 horsepower. This time, they turned their attention to another Italian sports car: a Ferrari F430 Spider.
Thanks to a new Twin-Turbo System, the F430’s V8 engine delivers an impressive 1000 hp (up from a standard 485 hp). The tuner revealed no details on the car’s performances, but we have big expectation from it.
Underground Racing knows a thing or two about charging up supercars and making them faster than they already are. They did it before with a Lamborghini Gallardo by adding a set of twin-turbo engines and a modified exhaust system to spike up the Gallardo’s power to over 1,000 bhp. Not content with what they’ve accomplished, these guys decided to do the same thing with a Ferrari 430 Spider.
As the video will show you, Underground Racing did a heck of a job again with the 430 Spider. A set of twin-turbo engines and a reviewed exhaust system later, coupled with dyno testing and a test run out on the road, the 430 Spider now boasts of the same power as that previous Gallardo – all 1,000 horsepower of pure, unadulterated madness.