Moving onto more modern things, you might remember back in June Top Speed reported on the Japanese tuning house ASI upgrading the Ferrari F430 and more recently proposed a modified 458 Italia. But until Ferrari’s newest mid engine super car becomes readily available ASI will have to settle for meddling around with what they already have, and when what you got is an F430, things cant be so bad. However as is the world of tuning, there is room for improvement on even the most capable of Italian exotics, taking a page out of the Scuderia’s catalog, ASI has fabricated a new high mount exhaust system that spits the spent gasses closer together and through the back bumper of the screaming Ferrari. The unit was developed in collaboration with the track specialists Ito Racing, it is made of stainless steel and features a pair of titanium tips for a more refined appearance. The free flowing exhaust will offer owners more power give the F430 a very unique exhaust note, and all it will cost them is $9000.
Although you may not have heard of the the Japanese petroleum group, the Nippon Oil Corporation, however you may be familiar with the name Eneos. Even though we don’t have any of their gas stations here in the U.S. you might have seen the red Eneos sticker stuck to the front of synthetic oil products in almost any automotive parts store here in the States. Aside from the lovely ladies posing for photos and signing autographs, they also had a few high end vehicles on display at their booth at the 2009 SEMA Show in Las Vegas last week.
The first item of interest was a very clean Bentley Continental wearing a subtle body kit that mimics the more powerful Super Sports model. The other cool car in the Eneos display was a triple black kitted Ferrari F-430. Starting off with a flat black finish the Ferrari rode on a set of matching matte black mesh rims that gave us a good look at the braking hardware underneath. However one of the nicest touches on the mid engine prancing horse were a pair of Scuderia inspired glossy black striped running the entire length of the vehicle.
Dana White is known for a lot of things: brash, confident, cocky, and visionary. But as it turns out, one thing he’s not is a good driver.
That dinged up custom Ferrari F430 belongs to the outspoken UFC president after he figured in an accident that resulted in the front right side of his F430 getting all smashed up. Knowing what White is like, he probably began cursing out whoever was responsible for his beloved Ferrari getting all tonked out.
An accident involving a Ferrari Novitec Rosso 16M Scuderia Spider happened a few days ago on the Autobahn from Mindelheim to Stetten, Bavaria, Southern Germany. The Serbian owner of the special edition Scuderia Spider was testing his brand-new purchase when he inexplicably lost control of his new ride, causing it to come off the road where if rolled over a couple of times before settling in its upright position.
Needless to say, the Novitec 16M Scuderia Spider was thoroughly trashed with damages expected to reach up to $440,000.
As far as the Serb driver and his friend that came along, they were seriously injured as a result of the accident an no developments regarding their status have been released.
Imagine what you can do with a self-shifting Ferrari F430 Challenge. For this one owner, it turns out that you can sneak in a text message to your friend, finish a personally-knitted sweater, and finally, drink wine and get yourself intoxicated.
Of course, all of the gimmicks didn’t actually happen while this guy was driving the F430 around the track. If you look closely at the way he steers the wheel of the car, it’s not exactly consistent with the track layout. So, yes, this is nothing more than a spoof.
Nevertheless, as far as shifting gears is concerned, the man has it easier than the rest of us. Calling it the ‘Ferraromatic’, he cleverly illustrates just how fun it is to drive a supercar without even bothering to shift gears every few seconds.
It takes a German tuner to make an exotic Italian sports car into this much of a purpose built performance machine. Novitec Rosso specializes in taking Ferraris and turning them into true super cars with more aggressive styling and an even more ferocious bark. With the upcoming 458 Italia the automaker from Maranello with be ceasing production of their current mid engine high performance machine, the F430. So Novitec is comemorating the model by taking Ferrari’s factory tuned F430 Scuderia, invert the stripes and upgrade the running gear to handle a maximum output of 747 HP; thus the name Edizione 747.
The big boost in power comes from Rosso’s Bi Compressor engine that takes the high revving naturally aspirated 510 HP V8 and makes it a twin supercharged screamer that now delivers an astounding 747 HP at 8,500 RPM and allows the F430 to sprint from 0 to 60 MPH in less than 3.4 seconds, reach 124 MPH in only 9.4 seconds and up to a magical 300 Km/h, or 186 MPH, in just 22.9 seconds while the Ferrari’s top speed rises to a status confirming 195 MPH.
The Novitec Rosso Edizione 747 comes with a blacked out hood and roof treatment complimented by a set of tinted taillights and side markers. What sets the livery of the 747 apart from the standard Ferrari super car is that where the normal Scuderia model wears a pair of bronze stripes, the Novitec’s brilliant yellow paint shines through. The interior of the modified Ferrari is equally as eye pleasing, featuring a Supersport steering wheel made out of just the right amount of leather to go along with the carbon fiber construction. The Edizione 747 from Novitec rides a little over an inch closer to a set of three piece NF3 split five spoke rims measuring 20 inches in diameter over the standard F430, however in an attempt to combat curb stones and entrance ramps, the front end can be raised by almost two inches at the touch of a button.
High-speed driving always invites danger and unfortunately for this poor fellow, his Ferrari F430 ended up paying a steep price for his joyride.
Driving at speeds of over 180 mph in his F430, the man was probably feeling the wind slamming into his face, not a car in the world. Just as he was on the verge of feeling invincible, a sharp crack woke him up from his daydream and sensing that something was terribly wrong, immediately started slowing down. Unfortunately for him, the damage had already been done.
At around 120 mph, the F430’s right rear tire exploded and, mind you, this wasn’t a standard blowout because as soon as tire burst, it ended up completely destroying the F430’s rear quarter panel.
Now, tire blowouts normally don’t do this type of damage to a car but then again, cars running at over 180 mph are probably stretching the limits of their tires a little too thin. Thankfully – and we’re saying this relative to the alternative – it wasn’t any of the front tires that blew out because if that would’ve happened, it would’ve been a lot worse for the driver and his ride.
We aren’t quite sure whether to call the individual that captured this fleet of Ferrari’s newest prancing horses in Maranello lucky or brave, but one thing is for sure, it takes some serious testicular fortitude to hang out camcorder in hand in front of Enzo’s factory. While posted on what must have been a weeklong stakeout this Italian automotive paparazzo was able to capture four preproduction Ferrari 458 Italias wearing the popular camera confusing white stripes to hide the new super car’s beautiful bodylines that most likely won’t be seen until September 15th when the new mid engine sports car is unveiled simultaneously at the Frankfurt Motor Show as well as back home in Maranello.
The latest incarnation of the mid-rear engined berlinetta is a completely new car from every point of view: engine, design, aerodynamics, handling, instrumentation and ergonomics and benefits hugely from the company’s Formula 1 experience. The new car is powered by a 4,499 cc V8 which is the first Ferrari direct injection engine to be mid-rear mounted and delivers a maximum of 562 HP at 9,000 RPM while generating a peak of 398 lb-ft of torque at 6,000 rpm, over 80% of which is available as low as 3,250 RPM.
The videographer was also able to catch both the sights and sounds of two striking red Ferrari California drop tops as well as one mysterious looking F-430. We call it mysterious because this particular example appears to be a bonafide test mule for the new car, wearing a set of Maseratti wheels and a pair of scoops molded to the rear of the deck lid, eerily similar to the new 458’s rear mounted radiator feeding air ducts. Whatever the case may be, it is just nice to be able to both see and hear these exotic Italian machines in action.
There are many ways of adding some appeal to your car. You can have the exterior painted in a matte finish, buy a new set of 22-inch rims, or even just upgrade your car’s sound system and maybe add a couple of TV’s here and there. And if your car happens to be a Ferrari F430, chances are you don’t need to do a lot of upgrading anymore.
Apparently, the owner of this yellow F430 figured that having the ultimate status symbol – a Ferrari badge - at the hood of his car wasn’t enough to draw attention to his vehicle. So he did – what he thought – was the next big thing. The man customized the entire interior of his car in leather. And it’s not just your typical fine leather, the man used crocodile leather! The entire interior – the dashboard, the steering wheel, the seats, central column, and even the roll bars have all been given a full crocodile leather treatment.
We figured that the man was trying to come up with a way to pimp up his ride in a way no one has done before. Mission accomplished, bud. As far as we’re concerned, it’s not exactly a sight for sore eyes. But it’s definitely an acquired taste.
Our friends over at Wrecked Exotics never disappoint with their collections of the planet’s most unfortunate automobile owners. This week’s highlight is a once fabulous Ferrari F-430 that look like a bomb went off inside. The spider’s owner was going for a pleasant afternoon drive just outside of San Diego when inexplicable the car literally burst into flames. Fortunately no one was injured during the conflagration.
The second sad bit of news comes from the Autobahn, where an extremely rare Porsche 959 took quite a nasty spill. Fortunately it appears that the road going version of the car that won both the Paris Dakar Rally and it’s class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans looks to be reparable. When it was first introduced in 1986, the car’s 2.85 Liter twin turbo flat six cylinder engine made 444 HP and was able to propel the Porsche from 0 to 60 MPH in just 3.6 seconds, run through the standing quarter mile in only 11.8 seconds and hit a top speed of 197 MPH. Performance figures that are impressive even by today’s standards, but even more immersive when they were introduced almost 25 years ago.
Last but not least was a lovely Lamborghini Gallardo that, like a few other raging bulls, just decided to start spitting flames from the engine bay.