The new F430GT is based on the hugey-successful road-going F430 berlinetta. However the swage of cutting-edge driver aids have been swept away along with the road version’s opulent interior. Thus the aluminium chassis, which incorporates the use of carbon fire, nomex and kevlar materials, combine to see the new car racer weight in at just 2425 lbs.
Major wind-tunnel work wa carried out in the development of the F 430 Coupe and this work has been taken a stage further in the development of the F430GT. Likewise the close focus on chassis rigidity that has seen the new F 430 Coupe being much stiffer than the outgoing 360 Modena, has been translated to the F430GT and will be one of the major step forward from the 360GTC, the final evolution on the 360-based racing lineage.
The 3998cc 90-degree V8-engine in the F430GT is based around the F430 Coupe and Spider 4.3 liter unit. With its lightweight aluminium block and cylinder heads, flat-plane crankshaft, extremly compact dimensions thanks partly to integrating the engine bearings into the sump, and major use of F1 derived technology, especially in the cylinder heads, this is an all-new engine that shares no omponents at all with the outgoing 360 Modena’s powerplant.