Ferrari 430

Ferrari 430

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.

Posted on by Terence 1

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.

More spy video after the jump.

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.

Source: GT Spirit
Posted on by Terence 3

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.

If the Ferrari F430 Spider doesn’t look sporty enough for you from the factory, the guys at Inden Design have come up with a customization program that improves both the vehicle’s performance as well as the sports car’s handling.

Ferrari F430 Spider by Inden Design

Inden’s target was to make the F430 hit 186 MPH. In order to do do this, the tuner has added a modified front-spoiler to push the front end down and keep air from going under the Italian super car. The side skirts seal off the lateral edges of the undercarriage while the carbon fiber diffusor and rear valance work together to channel whatever air did enter the underside and create a low pressure zone behind the back bumper to plant the rear axel as well as creating a vacuum underneath the Ferrari that sucks the entire vehicle onto the pavement. This allows the lightweight wheels to not only look good, but gain a little grip.

With an extra 35 HP thanks to a stainless steel sports exhaust system with sound control and test pipes replacing the catalytic converters, the Inden F430 is the perfect choice for any speed lover.

Press release after the jump.

There’s no better feeling than saving a young boy’s life, even at the expense of seeing your own Ferrari taking a dip into a lake.

That was the scene earlier this week when the owner of a fabulous Ferrari F430 narrowly avoided hitting a young boy on a bicycle while driving along Lake Oakdale in Dallas, Texas.

As the strapping man was taking his F430 on one of his usual joyrides along the park,

At the last second, he swerved his car away from the boy and onto the not-so-inviting waters of Lake Oakdale. Half of the car’s rear ended up being submerged and when all efforts were made to try to get the F430 back to dry land ended futilely, the man relented and called in the towers.
We normally don’t condone the idea of wrecking a supercar but we’re going
to give this selfless man a pass. His quick instincts not only saved the young boy’s life, but he’s also earned our respect and admiration for not even thinking twice about wrecking his car just so he could save the boy’s life.

Kudos Amigo!

Ever dream of having your own highly modified Ferrari from the experts at Novitec Rosso. Unfortunately they aren’t having a sale, but the Ferrari Ferrari super tuners have launched an online configurator for the Ferrari 599 and Ferrari 430 Ferrari 430 models. The program really shows off the difference between the original design from Maranello and what Novitec has done. If you want to see for yourself, check out the link below. Although you can’t bring it home with you, it would still make a nice decoration fro your workspace.

Novitec Rosso is the division of the aftermarket manufacturer that is exclusively dedicated to tuning prancing horses from Maranello, and they do a damn fine job of it. This can be seen with their latest take on the Ferrari Scuderia Spider 16M , the high performance version of the factory tuned mid engine roadster will be produced in a limited number of only 499.

Novitec starts off by twin supercharging the 4.3 Liter V8, adding on items like a special intake manifold, high flow air filters, larger injectors and a reprogrammed engine computer to make nearly 700 HP from the high revving eight cylinder. To make sure that operating temperatures stay in a manageable range each cylinder bank gets its own water to air intercooler. The meticulous tuning results in a maximum output of 696 HP, 186 HP over the normal Scuderia 16 M.

The exterior is upgraded with understated touches like blacked out lens covers, but monstrous 20 inch wheels will stick out like a sore thumb. Measuring 12 inches wide in the rear, the rollers are wrapped in 325 series Pirelli rubber and ride on a set of Novitec sport springs. The upgraded suspension also feaures a convenient hydraulic lift that raises the nose to clear obstacles like curb stones and steep inclines, don’t worry about catching any air, the system automatically lowers itself at 80 MPH if you don’t. The Novitec Rosso tuned Scuderia Spider 16M sprints from 0 to 60 MPH in just 3.5 seconds and can hit 300 Km/h after only 23.8 seconds from takeoff and goes past 330 Km/h to a top speed of 205 MPH.

Press release after the jump.

You might remember the tuner ASI from their recent work with a Bentley Continental GTC . The aftermarket parts manufacturer applies the same expert Japanese technical analysis to create a body kit for this Ferrari F-430 . The aero kit consists of a new front bumper, side skirts and a redesigned rear bumper, these pieces have all the fit and finish advantages of the factory body pieces except their lightweight construction allows the kit to reduce the F-430’s curb weight by over 50 pounds.

Aside from the obvious performance advantages, ASI’s aero package turns the F-430 into a thoroughbred racer. The slightly larger air intakes up front along with the subtle scoop in front of the rear wheels, make ASI’s Ferrari look like it came straight from a round of FIA GT competition. We especially like the choice of black BBS racing wheels to finish off the white on black look. This vehicle’s racing charm doesn’t end with the exterior, if you notice the backs of those red racing buckets; they have the word BRIDE stitched across their fronts, one of the hottest brands in the world when it comes to JDM goodness.

The ASI F-430 is an interesting machine, starting life as an Italian exotic, only to be given a very Japanese sense of style. Not your typical Asian treatment either, no oversized wing, no body pieces that jut out into oncoming traffic; this F-430 is clean. The only thing that they are missing is a set of Takata harnesses to complete the very JDM, green on red interior.
Press release after the jump.

Press release after the jump.


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