Carbon body kits may not look all that impressive from afar, but believe us, up close and personal, they’re about as mouth-watering as any type of body kit you can come up with – unless of course, you find one made of gold, which, surprisingly, there are a lot of running around in this world.
Anyway, just to hammer out our point regarding the awesomeness that is a carbon body kit, the folks over at GT Spirit came across this ultra-exclusive Ferrari 430 Scuderia Spider 16M Carbon Edition. Looks pretty much like any other 430 Scuderia Spider, right?
Take a close look then.
Now if you’re not a big fan of the carbon body kit with an additional set of four carbon wheels, then that’s your call. But if you don’t find this limited-run 430 Scuderia Spider 16M – the ‘16M’ label is a reference to Ferrari’s 16th Formula One Constructors Championship - not the least bit attractive, then there’s something wrong with you.
The car may not be as tidy as we’d hope but we’re giving the owner the benefit of the doubt. Besides, not everyone has the resources to buy a Ferrari, let alone a special edition 430 Scuderia Spider like this one.
In the pantheon of all-time wasted car crashes, you can’t get any rarer than a Ferrari and a Lamborghini crashing into each other. While those incidences don’t occur too often, they, unfortunately still do, as evidenced by this Lamborghini Murcielago crashing into a Ferrari F430 during a VIP wedding reception for one of the ruling political parties in the town of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
While the cause of the accident remains unclear, both drivers managed to escape the crash without any major injuries, although their bruised egos could have led to the rather heated incident after the crash.
Witnesses said that the two drivers involved in the crash – one of which, is a hitman-for-hire, by the way – got into a scuffle with some of the folks who were trying to take photos of the crash. Apparently, these two guys didn’t take too kindly to the folks trying to capture their embarrassing crash on film.
In any case, it’s a shame that two perfectly awesome supercars ended up crashing unceremoniously, courtesy of these two fellows who seem to have taken the phrase ‘wedding crashers’ to an entirely new level.
You’re going to have to excuse those people who think that the sounds of revving engines are nothing more than just noise. It’s not their fault that they can’t appreciate what we consider as music to our ears. After all, musical taste is subjective and for us car enthusiasts, the sound of a roaring engine is enough to put us on a catatonic state of euphoria.
You might remember the old blue and red STP livery that covered Richard Petty’s #43 NASCAR machine in the 1980s, and while STP Racing won’t be bump drafting at Daytona or climbing the high banks of Talladega, they are getting back into racing. This time the automotive liquid giant has teamed up with the Chad Racing Ferrari 430 Scuderia GT3 race car in order to compete in the 2010 Avon Tyres British GT Championship.
According to the team’s manager, Piers Masarati: "It’s great to have such an iconic brand as STP with us, and we are confident that the Daniel Brown/Chris Hyman line-up in our new 430 Scuderia will mount a serious challenge at the front of the GT3 field this year. We started an intensive test programme last November and broke the lap record at two of the championships circuits. For sure, we will be stronger than last year and with our two cars, we feel confident we can mix it with the other strong pairings in the championship this year."
We just can’t wait to see those colors back in action.
The holidays may be a time of giving and the spirit of the season may leave you feeling that your offspring deserve a bit of special attention, however the consequences of handing over the keys to an exotic Italian sports car with more horsepower then their heavy little right feet can handle can be a risky proposition. Form our friends at Wrecked Exotics we can show you these firsthand accounts of two different family instances that their father’s would rather not talk about to make you think twice about spreading Christmas cheer.
The first accident happened in Newport Beach, CA on Christmas Eve. The 90 year old California native gave his 70 year old son a brand new Ferrari F430. They then let the grandson go for an unsupervised spin in the F430 with his cousin riding shotgun, unfortunately the car lost control and crossed into oncoming traffic where the Ferrari crashed head on into a tow truck. Tragically the passenger did not survive the impact and the driver remains in critical condition. The second occurrence happened in Romania and this time involved a drop top Ferrari F430 Spider. The kid driving the car lost control and crashed into an opposing car, however unlike the previous accident, he was unharmed.
With 2009 a few weeks away from closing its curtains, there’s still no shortage of supercar crashes occurring all over the world, making us wonder if this year is cursed for owners of those expensive toys.
The latest one to break news is a Ferrari 430 that crashed along Nicoll Highway in Singapore. The accident occurred around 7 in the morning on December 19 after the driver of the 430 wrecked his ‘Prancing Horse’ by crashing into a guardrail. Not content with the damage incurred from the crash, the 430 ricocheted off the rail before hitting a tree.
Miraculously, the driver escaped the horrible accident with just a few scrapes and bruises on his arms and forehead, which is amazing considering the wasted wreck the 430 ended up becoming.
Another day, another super car bites the dust. This yellow F430 owner might have been driving a little too close to this Student Express shuttle when for some unforeseen reason the super car dove under the back of the van and did a bit of damage to the Ferrari’s front end and put an even bigger dent in the driver’s ego. So far there are no details about how this happened, but the lack of any skid marks means that we can presume that the van’s driver hit the brakes a bit suddenly. So much for those carbon ceramic rotors, it looks like they really do need to get some temperature in them before they bite. Luckily the F430 only suffered cosmetic damage, being that the engine is in the rear, his insurance is only going to have to cover the Scuderia’s expensive Italian paint job.
For some automotive enthusiasts the dream of owning anything that comes from the factory with a Rosso Corsa paint job is a lifelong ambition, however there are a few Ferraristas who will readily trade in their racing red paint job for a more stealth like flat black finish. That is where the guys from E25 step in to completely wrap this Ferrari F430 with one of their matte black vinyl conversion, and just watching them work might be worth it. However the best part about a vinyl wrap as opposed to a re spray is that for one the only mess you have to clean up are the scraps of black vinyl that fall to the floor as opposed to multiple stages of sanding and then priming before you can even paint; but if you grow tired of the stealth fighter look all you have to do is peel back the plastic to reveal that beautiful Rosso Corsa finish.
When it comes to Ferrari tuning there are few who are truly up to the task of improving upon exotic Italian perfection. However the folks at Wimmer RS have done quite an impressive job with this particular F430 and will have it on display at the Essen Motor Show for all of Europe’s tuning enthusiasts to see, and while some of their creations challenge reason with the amount of power that they are making this package for the Ferrari is all about simply enjoying your F430.
Although the exterior appears about as stock as a special edition Scuderia model, Wimmer did manage to get their hands dirty. Under the rear deck lid they started off by reprogramming the engine software before adding an adjustable exhaust system, the combination is good for an additional 38 HP and translated into performance terms, this means that the drop top super car can sprint from 0 to 60 MPH in a very exact 3.84 seconds and cross the 300 km/h barrier in 34.9 seconds. As great as a 193 MPH top speed might sound, owners will get even more enjoyment about being able to remotely open and close the exhausts sound controlling valves that can keep the prancing horse muted while pulling out of your driveway early in the morning without worrying about waking the neighbors and then with the flip of a switch it will be able to produce a deafening tone at wide open throttle on long stretches of highway. Another adjustable convenience feature is the hydraulic lift system that can lift the Ferrari’s front end by 45 mm so that you don’t have to worry about scratching up that very expensive front end on parking ramps or curb stones.