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.
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.
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.
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 super tuners have launched an online configurator for the Ferrari 599 and 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 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.
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.
The only thing cooler than a F-430 Scuderia, is one that can evade police with a quick color change and fly undetected by their radar. Unless perhaps it would be powered by the Italian automaker’s future turbo/hybrid power plant, or possibly the next F-450, but we’ll still have to wait for that one.
It was shocking to say the least when we saw the video of the Ferrari F-40super car getting bested by the new 599 GTB. So how did the Top Speed review board feel when we saw this video of our friend’s at Autocar putting the 20 year old twin turbocharged red rocket ship up against an F-430 Scuderia? You will just have to find out like we did.
Owning a Ferrari F-430 is something that we all daydream of achieving. Unfortunately for the majority of us automotive enthusiasts lusting after the exotic Italian machine is all we are capable of because they are just so damn expensive. However, this prancing horse that recently unveiled at Computex 2009, the Chinese technology show is a much more practical version of the Italian super car. No $1,000 oil changes or $4,000 brake jobs the only maintenance that you will be doing on this Ferrari is changing the CD. The best part is that your wife won’t yell at you for keeping it in the bedroom. Besides, this F-430 is a lot more fun to play with than any carbon fiber Ferrari notebook.
If driving an R8 through the streets of Maranello was a slap in the face for Ferrari from the German automaker. Then the Italian super car builder should send this F-430 over to Sant d’Agatha, to rustle a few feathers. The little Italian town is the home of Lamborghini, a member of the VW family, just like Audi.
What makes this particular Scuderia stand out from all other Ferrari’s is the car’s matte finish. The Marrone Apus color that covers the prancing horse is the exact same paint from the latest super Lambo, the Reventon. As if to say, anything you can do we can do better, this F-430 Scuderia would surely frustrate a few Lamborghini fans because the fighter plane inspired super car’s stealth like exterior is not so exclusive anymore. However, we do have to say, the Ferrari pulls it off quite well.