The third installment of the new Ferrari 458 Italia prerelease extravaganza entitled Performance is an up close look at what will make the future Ferrari excel as a driver’s car. Considering that the last installment, Design, was narrated by Paolo Pininfarina, the heir to the historic Italian design studio it is only fitting that the latest member of the Formula One elite and the man who brought the Italian racing team back to greatness in the sport throughout the 1990s and into the new millennium.
Wearing a very casual outfit, Michael Schumacher candidly talks about the new sports car’s suspension that is comfortable to drive and sporty when it needs to be, the car’s previously unseen braking performance and the 458’s tremendous acceleration is due to the refined gearbox. The Ferrari design team has also incorporated more of the car’s controls onto the steering wheel, a move learned from F1 increasing both the Italia’s precision and accuracy.
Ever since Michael Schumacher retired from the activity that awarded him seven world championships, five of which came behind the wheel of a Ferrari , he has been hanging around Maranello conducting new product testing and participating in their high performance sports cars development at the Fiorano circuit; Schumi has even been spotted from time to time hanging around the Scuderia’s paddock on grand prix weekends so he would be the man to talk to about what the new Ferrari 458 Italia is like from the driver’s seat.
Press release after the jump.