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2006 Ferrari F430

2006 Ferrari F430
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  • Ferrari F430
  • Year:
    2006
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  • Engine:
    V8
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    490 @ 8500
  • Torque @ RPM:
    343 @ 5250
  • Displacement:
    4.3 L
  • 0-60 time:
    4 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    196 mph
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In 1999, Ferrari replaced the F355 with the Ferrari 360. It boasted a 3.6-liter Tipo V-8 that produced 400 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque. It could hit 60 mph in 4.2 seconds and climb to a top speed that was close to 190 mph. That wasn’t good enough, because in 2004, Lamborghini unleashed the Gallardo with a 5.0-liter V-10 that delivered 493 horsepower and 376 pound-feet of torque. Being Ferrari’s biggest rival, Ferrari needed to move quick, and in 2004, it debuted the Ferrari F430 at the Paris Auto Show.

The F430 was a direct replacement for the Ferrari 360 and featured a 90-degree, 4.3-liter V-8 that delivered and impressive 490 horsepower and 343 pound-feet of torque. Of course, Lamborghini answered back quickly with an update to the Gallardo in 2005, which included a 20 horsepower increase bringing it up to 513 horsepower. But that’s okay because it still wasn’t enough to best the F430’s performance – in fact, it was just enough to match the F430’s 4.0-second sprint to 60 mph.

The F430 was offered in a number of different trims, including the F430 Spider, F430 Challenge, 430 Scuderia, Scuderia Spider 16m, F430 GTC, F430 GT3, and the 430 GT3 Scuderia. Ferrari even displayed a bio-fuel-powered F430 Spider at the 2008 Detroit Auto Show that ran on ethanol and came with a mild torque increase of four percent. The Gallardo topped out at 196 mph, as did the F430. Needless to say, the two were pretty damn equal as far as performance goes. So, now that you know a little of the story behind the F430 and its competitor, the Gallardo, let’s take a closer look at the overall design of the F430 and what Ferrari did to keep the competition between its main competitor so strong.

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Did Trump's Name and Previous Ownership Condemn this Ferrari F430?

Did Trump’s Name and Previous Ownership Condemn this Ferrari F430?

Turns out, the beautiful car and his distinctive signature just wasn’t enough

Back in 2007, Donald Trump spent a little bit of cheddar on himself and purchased a 2007 Ferrari F430 F1 Coupe. You’ve got to hand it to the man for having good taste, and it could be the only president-owned Ferrari in existence, but when it rolled across the auction block this weekend, it failed to sell, falling $10,000 short of the $250,000 reserve.

All told, it’s a fine example. It’s got that 4.3-liter V-8 with 490 horsepower and 343 pound-feet of torque. It was purchased brand new by Donald Trump, as shown by the original title that has his signature. With just 6,000 miles on the clock and a history of being service by Ferrari-Maserati of Long Island, everything seems as kosher as possible, right? Well, despite the car’s history, being cared for properly, and coming with not only the original title and window sticker, it still rolled off the auction block unsold. Does it prove that even car enthusiasts and collectors hate our newest POTUS?

Maybe not…

See, it rolled off the block unsold, but hours later, it was sold in a private sale for $270,000, as reported by Auctions America. There aren’t any details available at this point outside of that, but it looks like it did find a new home at the last minute.

Keep reading for the rest of the story

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Gotham Dream Cars is Making Supercar Driving Cheap and Easy

Gotham Dream Cars is Making Supercar Driving Cheap and Easy

As an auto writer, I do get the chance to sit in some cool cars like the Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder I drove in Gumball or the Nissan GT-R I reviewed, but what if you aren’t a writer and you still want to experience the thrust of a Ferrari? There are a few companies out there that do special track days and even daily rentals of exotic cars, but those experiences are usually thousands of dollars and you usually need to travel to a really big city or race track. What if you are one of the millions who just can’t tick all those boxes to try a car? I have a solution.

Gotham Dream Cars has a new program called Dream Car Sprint that may help you out. It’s a traveling program that visits nearly 50 cities around the country, and they set up a full autocross course for you to play on. The best part is the cost; $250. I have yet to find a cheaper way to bury your foot in the throttle of cars like the Ferrari F430.

They have other more traditional programs with varying costs, but this traveling circus of horsepower sounds the coolest. They are coming to a local spot near me soon, and I am going to give it a shot. Keep your eyes here to see what I think about that.

Read more about the Gotham Dream Car Sprint and their other programs below.

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Video: Ferrari 458 Speciale vs 458 Italia vs 430 Scuderia

Video: Ferrari 458 Speciale vs 458 Italia vs 430 Scuderia

The British magazine EVO put head to head the recently launched Ferrari 458 Speciale, its base version the 458 Italia and its predecessor, the hardcore 430 Scuderia. All three cars were driven by Jethro Bovingdon, on a racetrack in the UK.

In terms of output figures it’s 605 horsepower (458 Speciale) vs. 570 horsepower (base 458 Italia) vs. 503 horsepower (430 Scuderia), so it appears that the 458 Speciale has a huge advantage on the racetrack, but we all know that it’s not all about horsepower on the racetrack. Check out the video to see what Jethro Bovingdon thinks of the three supercars and which one did best on the track.

As a reminder, the 458 Speciale is powered by the same 4.5-liter, V-8 powerplant from the base 458 Italia, but with the output increased to 605 horsepower and 398 pound-feet. It goes from 0 to 60 mph in just only 3 seconds and up to a top speed of 202 mph.

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Hertz Launches "Dream Car Program", Offers Plenty Of Supercar Rentals

Hertz may not be the first company you think of when conversations turn to granting wishes, but the rental company effectively did just that with the launch of its "Dream Car Program".

For a world-renowned car rental company that typically offers the usual cadre of midsize econo-boxes, Hertz’z decision to finally add a list of exotic and luxury cars to its collection of thrashed rental buckets is the kind of thing that excites Average Joes like us.

With the "Dream Car Program," Hertz is set to offer some pretty interesting models, almost all of which we’d love to get our hands on if only we had the financial resources to do so. There’s a Lamborghini Gallardo, a Porsche 911, a Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, and a Ferrari F430., among other exotics.

For only $395, you can get your hands on either a Porsche Boxster or a Tesla Model S. If you’ve got $1,000 at your disposal, you get to whip an R8 or a Vantage. Tack on another $500 and you can level up to the Italian exotics.

Sounds like a pretty good deal to us.

Granted, a lot of car rental companies are already offering supercar rentals like the one Hertz is dipping into, but none of them have the mainstream cache as this company. So, if you’re interested in renting any of these exotics, Hertz’s rental program will be implemented in 35 markets across the US, including Las Vegas, Los Angeles and San Diego. You can see all of the available cars and the markets they are available in on the Hertz Dream Car site.

Click past the jump to read about some of the hottest cars that are now part of Hertz’s "Dream Car Program"

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Video: Supercars on Trailer in Thailand go up in Flames

Video: Supercars on Trailer in Thailand go up in Flames

When it comes to cars, nothing breaks our hearts more than seeing a supercar go up in flames. So, imagine the depression in the room when we watched this video.

A trailer full of exotics - four of them, actually - all turned into scrap metal after a fire in a BMW eventually led to all four cars getting completely engulfed in a fiery blaze. According to news reports in Thailand, the cars were an unidentified BMW, a Lamborghini Murcielago, a Ferrari F430 and a Bentley Continental.

The cars were being towed on a trailer with the driver saying he was transferring them from a showroom in Bangkok to a gas station in the Si Sa Ket province on the Thai-Cambodia border, where an "unknown person" would be there to pick them up. Sounds like a shady transaction, huh?

But all that changed when all four exotics caught fire, not only destroying some fine supercars but also costing a total of 100 million baht, which is about $3.3 million based on current exchange rates.

This isn’t the first time a supercar has unexpectedly gone up in flames. Click past the jump to see previous occasions where an exotic met a rather untimely and fiery demise.

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Video: Very Young Kids Driving a Ferrari F430

Video: Very Young Kids Driving a Ferrari F430

For most kids in the world, the biggest joy will be to drive the bike he or she always dreamed about. But how about a Ferrari F430? No, not a toy one; a real-life one with a 483-horsepower, V-8 engine under the hood and that sprints to 60 mph in just 4.5 seconds. Yeah, that one.

Apparently, to these two Indian children, who look no older than 8-years old, this powerful supercar is a toy. This is all too evident with just how well they handle this machine on the public roadway.

Apparently, the two childrens’ parents were there, or at least some adults were there filming, so we can only assume they had permission. However, we cannot stress enough to you just how stupid it is to let your kids take control of any car, let alone a powerful supercar. Especially when the need the New York City telephone book to see over the steering wheel…

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2011 Ferrari F430 Scuderia Carbonio by DMC

2011 Ferrari F430 Scuderia Carbonio by DMC

DMC’s special edition program for the Lamborghini Aventador may be getting all of the buzz, but don’t sleep on the German aftermarket company’s ability to multitask when they’re tuning vehicles.

That’s exactly the case now because, in addition to the Aventador, DMC’s also working on a new iteration of a previous program for another Italian supercar: the Ferrari F430 Scuderia. The project is called Carbonio, and as the name evidently suggests, it involves the prevalent use of carbon fiber in dressing up the F430 Scuderia.

The photos DMC released don’t paint the entire picture of the soon-to-be carbon-fiber-clad supercar. There are hints of what to expect, particularly the entire front bumper, which has already been fitted with carbon fiber. Notice also the front lip, called "the Sword,” that you can fit into the front bumper.

There’s still more details left to be discussed, but it seems that DMC is keeping all the info to itself until the entire project is completed. Either way, we expect a whole lot more, especially with the F430 Scuderia’s 4.3-liter V8 engine. We already love its 483 horsepower and 343 pound-feet of torque numbers, but we’d love to see some output spikes on this Italian bad boy, too. We’ll see if DMC delivers the goods or not soon enough.

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Our carwash dreams come to life with two babes cleaning a Ferrari 430 Scuderia and a Bentley Continental GT

Our carwash dreams come to life with two babes cleaning a Ferrari 430 Scuderia and a Bentley Continental GT

Ever drove into one of those car washes and a portly, middle-aged man proceeded to give your car the soap and water treatment? Doesn’t do much in the way of your imagination, does it?

Well, what if we told you that you can replace Larry the Cable Guy with two gorgeous models identified as Veronica Popa and Bryana Holly?

See, now we have your undivided attention. Featuring a Ferrari 430 Scuderia and a Bentley Continental GT, together with Popa and Holly, the photo spread shows the two beautiful babes cleaning, posing, and downright flirting with the two exotics.

All in their microscopic bikinis, no less.

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Lamborghini GoldRush Gets a Scantily Clad Accessory

Lamborghini GoldRush Gets a Scantily Clad Accessory

When you’re a photographer plying your craft in the auto industry, it must be a sweet job getting some alone time with some of the finest supercars on the planet. So excuse us if we have a slight tinge of professional envy when it comes to photography studios like ItzKirb Photography.

In one of ItzKirb’s more recent photo spreads, the man was able to get a hold of a GoldRush Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera and a Ferrari F430. Pretty sweet, right?

But what if we told you that they also have Grace, a voluptuous and downright flirtatious model that bared a lot of skin in the photos. There aren’t a whole lot of explanations on this one because the pictures pretty much speak for themselves.

Two supercars and one hot model equates to a photo spread that’s certainly worth your time. So have at it and check out ItzKirb Photography’s new spread in the gallery below.

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Caitlin Hixx flirts with a Ferrari 599 and an F430 Scuderia Spyder 16M

Caitlin Hixx flirts with a Ferrari 599 and an F430 Scuderia Spyder 16M

By all accounts, Caitlin Hixx looks like a nice, smart girl who’s got a good head on her shoulders. We get all that, but there’s one thing that we just can’t seem to let go. This blonde is so hot it hurts us to even type these words.

When you put her on top of a hood of a Ferrari 599, then all bets are off. We’re throwing ourselves over a bridge.

But before we actually consider that, it’s important to show that on top of the 599, Hixx is also shown playing around with an equally hot Ferrari F430 Scuderia Spyder 16M.

Give the props to professional photographer Nino Batista for being able to capture these images like only he can.

Nino wants to provide us with photos of hot women with hot cars. In this instance, he really smacked one out of the park. Check out the gallery featuring Catie Hixx and the pair of Ferraris below.

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Porsche Carrera GT with Sophia Michaelson by Nino Batista Photography

Porsche Carrera GT with Sophia Michaelson by Nino Batista Photography

When you have the gift of capturing images through a camera lens, it’s something that you can make a good living doing. Nino Batista is one of those people with that particular set of skills and to our good fortune, he’s taken his talents into the world of auto photography.

One of his newest photo sets features sexy hottie, Sophia Michaelson, but it’s not just this long-legged brunette that got our attention. Batista also managed to gather some of the finest exotics in the land to be part of the photo shoot.

There’s a Porsche Carrera GT in there, as well as a modified Porsche GT3, a Ferrari F430 Scuderia Spyder 16M, and yes, even a Maserati Cambiocorsa Spyder GT. Somehow, we couldn’t escape the idea of having one girl flirting with all these supercars.

Makes us think that we probably should be in there too, only because we think Sophia’s getting too cold wearing that skimpy bikini. Then again, if we can’t make it in the photos, we’re perfectly fine staring at them.

Check out Nino Batista’s spread of Sophia Michaelson in the gallery below!

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Sexy Jenna Baisley Cozies up to a Ferrari F430

Sexy Jenna Baisley Cozies up to a Ferrari F430

Secret Entourage photographer, Ronnie Renaldi, never fails to deliver. Whether it’s a brunette, a blond, or even a combination of both, the man has an incredible eye on the camera.

But girls aren’t just what makes Renaldi one of our fave photogs; the man also knows his exotic super cars. In 2011, Renaldi took his lens and did a photo shoot featuring Jenna Baisley and a garage-worthy list of super cars, headlined by the Ferrari F430.

Suffice to say, the photos are awesome. There’s plenty of skin in there - oh my, those legs! - and Baisley’s luscious and inviting stare just draws us to her like moths would to a flame.

Don’t forget about those exotics, too. If there was ever a time to bring out the popular catchphrase "epic!" from the drawers, this is the time to do it.

Jenna Baisley. A Ferrari F430. Ronnie Renaldi. The perfect combination, if you ask us.

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Car and Athlete: Andrew Bynum may no longer be a Laker, but he's still a bonafide car nut

Car and Athlete: Andrew Bynum may no longer be a Laker, but he’s still a bonafide car nut

Philadelphia 76ers center Andrew Bynum - yeah, he’s not a Los Angeles Laker anymore - is a pretty tall dude at 7’0", but even with all that length, not to mention the bulk of being close to 300 lbs, the 24-year old certainly has a pretty strong affinity for top-of-the-line supercars.

As we previously showed in the last installment of Car and Athlete, athletes with this kind of financial security have become more adept at splurging their dollars on something as insatiably satisfying as a limited edition model. Andrew Bynum fits into this mold because the man is more than just a highly-paid basketball player; he’s got the garage to back it up too.

So have you ever wondered what kind of cars Bynum has in his garage? True to his reputation as one of the most popular auto enthusiasts in the world, Bynum’s list of cars run long and impressive.

Find out what kind of cars Andrew Bynum has tried to fit his seven-foot frame into after the jump.

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If You Can’t Own a Supercar, You Can Drive one for Under $100

At one point in every automotive buff’s life, he has a dream about driving a supercar down a racetrack. Then he wakes up, looks out the window and his 1993 Metro is staring him in the face. Well, you can hop into that Metro, drive to New York and live your dream for $99. Yup, an exotic car rental company that typically rents Lamborghinis, Ferraris, Mercedes, and other high-end cars for thousands of dollars per day is allowing people to take these monsters around a racetrack.

Gotham Dream Cars has taken its Dream Car Sprint program to the New York Auto Show, which opened up to the public today. The Dream Car Sprint program typically charges $249 for three laps around their parking lot-based racetrack, but at the New York International Auto Show they have brought along a Ferrari F430 and a Lamborghini Gallardo, and have discounted the three-lap price to just $99 + tax.

The track is roughly one-mile long and you have to drag an instructor along with you. This pretty much means that you can’t really have any fun in these supercars, but just to be behind the wheel is enough to make us happy.

As the auto show progresses, the Gotham Dream cars might add other vehicles to this program, but for now we only know of the Ferrari and Lamborghini. So, if you are over 21, have a valid driver’s license and car insurance, plus a spare $105.93, you can hop in one of these and see just how far the push these cars until the ride-along instructor stops you. We bet one of us could end that drive in about 15 seconds…

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Photo Shoot: The Ferrari F430 has a thing for Blondes

Photo Shoot: The Ferrari F430 has a thing for Blondes

Everyone knows that one of the few things that make a car look better - aside from the work of a tuning company - is a hot girl. And, according to some guys, a hot, blonde girl is that much more appealing. Apparently, the Ferrari F430 whole-heartedly agrees.

The recipe for this photo shoot is quite simple: take a Ferrari F430 and a hot blonde - Corinne Doherty, solely for informational purposes - and put them one next to the other. Then, put an amazing photographer behind the camera - in this case it’s Jordan Shiraki - and throw in a Chevrolet Corvette Z06 to spice things up. These photos were taken at a dry lake bed in Boulder City, NV and the man who requested them was stupid enough not to pay for them, leaving Shiraki with some hot pics.

As a reminder: The Ferrari F430 is powered by a V8 engine that delivers a total of 483 HP and can hit an impressive top speed of 192 mph.

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Video: A collection of supercars courtesy of the China Sportscar Club

Video: A collection of supercars courtesy of the China Sportscar Club

The Chinese automotive market is growing bigger by the day and automakers everywhere are taking advantage of this growing market by throwing a number of special editions their way. One type of vehicle that is ripping through the streets of China is the super car. Anything from Ferrari to Pagani to Lamborghini is making its way over to the land of Dragons and Emperors, and this video was created to show off a number of these vehicles.

Watching this video may incite some ever growing jealousy for the people lucky enough to get behind the wheel of these bad boys. The supercars are all part of the Chinese Sportscar Club (SCC), which got together on an airstrip to show off their rides. The list of the supercars is intense, including a Ferrari Enzo, a Pagani Zonda F/R and Cinque, a Mercedes SLR, a Mercedes SLS, a Ferrari F430, a Ferrari 458 Italia, tons of Lamborghini models, an Aston Martin, and our favorite, the Koenigsegg Agera.

The sheer monetary value of the collected supercars is enough to induce drool.

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2011 Ferrari F430 Scuderia Novitec Airport Edition by ADV.1 Wheels

2011 Ferrari F430 Scuderia Novitec Airport Edition by ADV.1 Wheels

It’s been a few years since noted Ferrari tuning company, Novitec Rosso, worked their magic on the Ferrari F430 Scuderia and in that span of time, we’ve seen a number of different versions of the program, including a special edition "Evoluzion" and even a version re-tuned by ZR Auto. Now, you can another one added to that list, courtesy of our friends over at ADV.1 Wheels. They even have a pretty cool name for it: the Airport Edition.

The tuning program that was used in this particular F430 comes courtesy of Novitec, which means that it comes with a performance upgrade featuring a high-performance mechanical supercharger and a water-cooled intercooler that takes the Italian supercar’s 4.3-liter V8 engine and bumps up the output from 510 horsepower all the way up to 717 horsepower and 532 lb/ft of torque.

With all the technical enhancements already in tow, ADV.1 Wheels fitted the Novitec-tuned F430 Scuderia "Airport Edition" with a new set of titanium-finished 19" ADV05.1 Superlight Wheels.

At the end of all the modifications, the F430 Scuderia Airport Edition can hit 0-62 mph in just 3.5 seconds with an ridiculous top speed of 211 mph. Insane numbers for a supercar looking as bonkers as this one.

Bravo, ADV.1! Bravo, indeed!

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2011 Ferrari F430 Scuderia Art Car by Philippe Pasqua

2011 Ferrari F430 Scuderia Art Car by Philippe Pasqua

Earlier this year, we chanced upon a dressed up Ferrari F430 Scuderia that was turned into a proverbial art car by digital artist Laurence Gartel, the same dude that pretty much taught Andy Warhol the ropes.

Recently, another 430 Scuderia-based Art Car was seen being developed, only this time, it’s the work of one Philippe Pasqua. The French artist took the task of wrapping up the Italian super car’s body in treated cowhide leather before putting his artistic skills to good use, designing the 430 Scuderia’s body in what can only be described as a comprehensive ode to something you’d see from Ed Hardy.

We doubt that Pasqua’s design had anything to do with the American clothing brand, but the intricate detail of Japanese motifs, sea creatures, and frightening skulls certainly speaks to the language of Hardy’s work. What we can take away from Pasqua’s design on the 430 Scuderia is that the man is a hell of an artist. What’s especially impressive is the fact that he was able to work around all of the edges and tiny crevices on the Italian supercar to enhance the beauty of his project.

We’ll give props where they’re due, and in Pasqua’s case, it’s all very much warranted. Now, if you happen to be in Paris next month, be sure to stop by at the Galerie Laurent Strouk to check out the Pasqua’s Ferrari F430 Scuderia Art Car hanging on a wall as an exhibit.

We kid you not.

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Would you be interested in owning a Ferrari F430 for only $8 per hour?

Would you be interested in owning a Ferrari F430 for only $8 per hour?

Even if we squeezed out every penny from our bank accounts, a lot of us still wouldn’t come close to buying a Ferrari. But suppose there was a way to "own" a Prancing Horse without having to dig deep in your pockets. Would you be interested in such a venture?

Jointli.com has come up with a new way of staking claim to a Ferrari with the idea of "shared ownership." What this means is that instead of leasing a Ferrari outright, you can actually reduce your costs by sharing a Ferrari with other customers.

How does it work? According to Jointli.com, a used 2009 Ferrari F430 will cost you around $175,000. Add all the utilities and maintenance you need to spend on and you’re looking at a cost of ownership of $380 per day.

Compare that to when you’re splitting costs with three other owners with the premise that each owner gets to spend a week with the F430 and that cost drastically cuts down to about $95 per day. Now, for every party to recoup their investment, shared ownership of the F430 will only last one year, at which point, the car is theoretically sold for $165,000 , which will then be divided by four.

So if you really look at it, shared ownership of a Ferrari is the most economical way to say that you have an Italian supercar at your disposal, even if you could only say that for seven days a month. The caveat is finding three other owners that not only wouldn’t mind sharing the supercar with you, but also take care of it the same way you would.

There’s certainly a lot of risk with this arrangement. But if it means paying only $8 an hour to "co-own" a Ferrari F430, it’s a risk a lot of people wouldn’t mind making.

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Avert Your Eyes! This is a Ferrari Mashup of Epic Proportions

Avert Your Eyes! This is a Ferrari Mashup of Epic Proportions

It’s always sad when we have to report on a crashed supercar, but this latest accident takes that depression to epic proportions. Not one, not two, but eight Ferraris, as well as a Lamborghini, two Mercedes models, and two Toyota models have been utterly destroyed this past weekend during a terrible crash on a highway in Japan. The Ferraris destroyed were: several F355 units, an F-360, and an F-430. The losses are being estimated at around $1.5 million, but some are reporting losses of up to $4 million! Fortunately no one was seriously injured in the accident, but 10 people sustained bruising and minor injuries, probably to their egos as well as their bodies.

"The accident occurred when the driver of a red Ferrari was switching from the right lane to the left and skidded," said Mitsuyoshi Isejima, Executive Officer for Yamaguchi Prefecture’s Expressway Traffic Police unit. "It was a gathering of narcissists."

The driver responsible, a 60-year-old man may face up to three months in jail or a fine of as much as $1,280 - considering the damage, we’d say he got off easy. The police officers needed about six hours to clear the highway, although it may take the drivers a lifetime to forget this horrific experience ever happened.

Hit the jump for the video.

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Walt Disney World Speedway adds Exotic Driving Experience

Walt Disney World Speedway adds Exotic Driving Experience

Whether you’re a kid or not, the name "Walt Disney" should instantly ignite a certain amount of joy. We’ve all been flipping through the television channels and stopped at a Disney cartoon just for a few minutes. Disney has been around for years bringing that kind of long-lasting joy for people, and now they are bringing it once again with the new additions to the Walt Disney World Speedway.

The Walt Disney World Speedway is a racing facility located on the grounds of the Walt Disney World resort near Orlando, Florida, but don’t expect to see Lightning McQueen racing around the track. The speedway has recently added a new Exotic Driving Experience that includes some of the most amazing supercars in the world – the Ferrari F430, Ferrari 458 Italia, Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4, Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4, Audi R8, and Porsche 911 GT3 RS 997.

If you are interested, the experience will officially begin on January 16, 2012.

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Battle of the Revs: Ferrari 430 versus Audi R8

Battle of the Revs: Ferrari 430 versus Audi R8

There are many ways in which two supercars can upstage one another, but nothing is more glorious to the ears than a good ol’ fashion rev-one-upsmanship.

The protagonists on this video are a Ferrari F430 and an Audi R8. Each car comes with a bonafide monster of an engine - the F430 has a naturally-aspirated 4.3-liter V8 engine with 510 horsepower while the R8 comes with a 4.2-liter V8 engine that has an output of 420 horsepower. Basically, there won’t be any shortage of noise in both of them.

The question now is which of these two supercars is louder than the other. Personally speaking, the German supercar makes for an impressive ear-crackling sound, but in this case, we’ll give the nod to the Italian stallion, which has made a tradition out of producing some of the most powerful machines on the planet.

But at the end of the day, supercar enthusiasts will love waking up to this kind of sound from either of these mammoth beasts, so really, there are no losers here; just the sound of revving monsters that’s music to all out ears.

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2011 Ferrari Scuderia Spider 16M Conversion Edition by Anderson Germany

2011 Ferrari Scuderia Spider 16M Conversion Edition by Anderson Germany

There aren’t exactly a ton of tuning kits for the Ferrari Scuderia Spider 16M simply because there’s not much to change on the special edition to begin with. It’s cool, fast, beautiful, and, unfortunately, sold out. So what’s there to do if the itch for a Scuderia Spider 16M suddenly develops? Well, you can hop on the phone and give Anderson Germany a call, for starters. The tuning firm’s latest package allows ownership of a 16M style vehicle without the limited edition hurdle to jump over. The kit starts off with a Ferrari F430 Spider with a number of additions to not only make it 16M ready, but to allow for more horsepower as well.

The design aspect of the 16M Conversion Edition begins with a Hyper Blackpaint finish that is then combined with Scuderia Stripes in carbon steel with a yellow border. Carbon fiber elements are then put in and make up the engine grille, rear diffuser, mirrors, and covers under the hood. Other features that lend more to the 16M style include a front air dam, side skirts, a rear apron, and an adjustment of the exhaust system. The exterior is then finished off with a new set of 20" three-piece glossy black wheels with a carbon and yellow border to match the Scuderia stripes. The interior is a little less drastic with the addition of carbon black leather and Alcantara and yellow diamond Kederrand seams.

The greatest addition to the standard F430 is the extra horsepower pumping out of the 4,300 cc 90° V8 engine. With the help of a software optimization and new Renn-Kats headers and exhaust system, the 16M Conversion Edition can now run 570 HP, up from even the standard 16M’s 490 HP. The bonus 80 HP is then better handled with an adjustable suspension system.

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Ferrari Scuderia 777 Final Edition by Novitec Rosso

Ferrari Scuderia 777 Final Edition by Novitec Rosso

It was about one year and a half ago that Novitec Rosso unveiled the 747 Package based on the Ferrari 430 Scuderia. This package brought out the good of the Ferrari with an increase of power up to 747 HP, hence the name. One would think that with Ferrari’s release of the 458 Italia, Novitec would move on from their 430 Scuderia projects and start focusing on the newer machine. This is definitely not the case as the German tuner has brought back the Scuderia with an even more menacing package. The new version of the 430 Scuderia is called the 777 Final Edition and follows along the same lines as their previous package with a boost in power and a blacked out hood and roof treatment.

The standard 4,300 cc V8 engine has been touched up with a bi-compressor kit and a new exhaust system. These additions allow the Ferrari a boost from 510 HP to a galloping 777 HP. The exterior of the vehicle looks similar to their previous package with an extreme body kit featuring plenty of carbon fiber goodies, a new set of wheels, and the same blacked out components previously mentioned. The yellow exterior paint job found in the 747 package has been switched out for a luscious red more befitting of a Ferrari.

Full details will be revealed in the coming weeks.

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Laurence Gartel shows the psychedelic side of a Ferrari F430 Scuderia

Laurence Gartel shows the psychedelic side of a Ferrari F430 Scuderia

Over the years, we have seen a number of art cars introduced, and while some were aesthetically better than others, all these artist-rendered vehicles all have one thing in common: they are always magnets for attention.

One artist that seems to be having a growing fascination with turning supercars into his own personal canvas is Laurence Gartel. As one of the pioneers of digital media, having plied his craft since the 70’s, Gartel has probably seen and did just about everything you can with digital media, including teach Andy Warhol the nuances of the art.

What he hasn’t done is take a Ferrari F430 Scuderia and turned it into a 510-horsepower psychedelic vinyl supercar. And he did all of the designing on a computer. Who said this guy can’t keep up with today’s technology.

According to the artist’s representatives, this particular F430 Scuderia’s value has jumped all the way to a cool $1 million because of Gartel’s work.

Cool digs, but for a million dollars? Yikes.

Press Release after the jump.

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2010 Ferrari F430 by Underground Racing

2010 Ferrari F430 by Underground Racing

Underground Racing is no stranger to tuning up high-powered supercars and making them even more, well, powerful. Sounds a little like going a tad too overboard, doesn’t it? But when it comes to pure speed and unadulterated power, there are just people that can’t have enough of it. Granted, there’s always a cap for what is considered fast and what is considered dangerous, but these guys seem to be able to walk that very thin line carefully without compromising safety.

Having said that, the US-based tuning firm’s take on the Ferrari F430 Spider is nothing short of remarkable. They may have left the exterior and interior untouched during the process, but with engine work as intricate and amazing as what they have done, who cares that they didn’t change the look? The F430 Spider is gorgeous as it is anyway.

UPDATE 02/14/11: We’ve got a fresh batch of photos from Underground Racing and their high-powered, steel-bending Ferrari 430 Scuderia that was given their awe-inspiring Stage 3 upgrade, with over 1,000 horsepower. Granted, we’ve already drooled over this beast, but nothing gets us more nostalgic than seeing new photos of the finished product, armed and ready to pounce the streets with all those ponies under its hood. Check out the new pics in the photo gallery provided!

Hit the jump to check out the different and powerful stages of the Ferrari F430.

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Ferrari F430 gets Carbon Diffuser from Euro Koncepts

Ferrari F430 gets Carbon Diffuser from Euro Koncepts

It is true the Ferrari F430 has already been replaced with the 458 Italia, but a good car will always get lots of attention. So, if you happen to have a F430 in your garage, and an extra $3,200 in your pocket Euro Koncepts comes with a tuning proposition for you: a Carbon Diffuser. Why? Because as the tuner says: "We know how important it is not riding stock. We’re here to offer aesthetically and performance pleasing parts for many high end rides. Carbon fiber is our thing."

You will have the possibility to choose between a plain or a twill 3k carbon weave and comes with with a UV protective coating. For the same money you will also get a black grill. Each carbon fiber diffuser is hand made and take up to 5 weeks before delivery. We know this piece of tuning adds no extra power to your car, but it is just something Ferrari was supposed to offer from factory.

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Video: Supercars pounce on Brazilian roads

Anytime you get the chance to see four exotic cars on the road together continuously trying to one-up one another, it would be a complete crime to not bring out the cameras and videotape the whole proceedings.

Fortunately, the man sitting shotgun inside a Ferrari 430 Scuderia had the wherewithal to take out his camera and videotape the entire action up close and personal. Not to be outdone by the 430 Scuderia, the other three supercars in this video include some of the finest exotic machineries on the planet like a Ferrari 458 Italia, a Ferrari 360 Challenge Stradale, and the only non-Prancing Horse of the group, a Lamborghini Gallardo LP550-2 Balboni Edition.

You normally don’t see a group of cars with this much power oozing out of them together for a joyride along the highways of Brazil, so when it happens, you can definitely expect to have someone recording the action in all its ear-piercing glory.

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2010 Ferrari F430 Veilside Premier 4509 by Wheels Boutique

2010 Ferrari F430 Veilside Premier 4509 by Wheels Boutique

While most tuners are focusing on the new Ferrari 458 Italia, Premier 4509 is looking to bring inspiration towards an older model. The Japanese tuner has previously unveiled a Veilside tuning kit for the old F430 and now Wheels Boutique has upgraded that very same model with, wait for it, a new set of wheels. The full package will still be limited to just 300 units.

For the exterior, the Veilside package includes a new front bumper, side skirts, a new rear bumper, and a rear wing. Now, the car has been made even better with a new set of wheels from Wheels Boutique. They come in 20" for the front and 21" for the rear, and are painted in gloss black with a chrome lip. Finishing off the new wheels will be Pirelli PZero tires.

The only thing missing from this news is actually the piece of information we are most interested in. The tuners have stated that the F430 has received a GruppeM airbox and a new Novitec exhaust system, but the results of those additions have yet to surface.

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2011 Ferrari F430 by Wheelsandmore

2011 Ferrari F430 by Wheelsandmore

Wheelsandmore’s focus has shifted from Mercedes SLR and SLS AMG to a brand with a bit more speed: Ferrari. For the Maranello-based automaker, the German tuner has chosen the F430 to dazzle us with their exterior mods and engine updates.

The engine performance kit includes a recalibrated engine control unit and a lightweight, handmade stainless steel exhaust system. The new exhaust system even comes with a stainless steel rear silencer with valve flaps that can be operated with the use of a remote control allowing the driver to adjust the awesome sound shooting out with the touch of a button. The exhaust system alone produces an extra 20hp for the Ferrari, but altogether the modifications increase the horsepower from a standard 490hp to 537hp. Top speed was also increased to 202mph.

Next to the engine upgrade, the package also includes a new set of black colored wheels with a fine silver race stripe sizing, 8,5x20 front (tires 235/30/20) and 11,5x20 (tires 325/25/20) at the rear. The performance package is completed by a race suitable stainless steel coilover with adjustable compression and rebound.

But that’s just the start of the program. Wheelsandmore has also worked on theF430 Scuderia by adding full exhaust system contending manifolds, sportcatalysts, and a valve controlled rear muffler. Combined with an upgrade of the electronic control units you can get an impressive 565hp and 550 lb-ft.

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NWAS takes the Ferrari 430 Scuderia from light blue to matte black in three minutes

NWAS takes the Ferrari 430 Scuderia from light blue to matte black in three minutes

One of the best things about owning a supercar is the opportunity to turn your spanking ride into a matte finished hyperbeast. Sure, just about any car can be dressed up in matte, but a regular car with a matte finish doesn’t hold the same ring to as seeing a Ferrari 430 Scuderia in the same dress up. That’s why we always get giddy whenever we see a supercar like Ferrari get wrapped in matte black right before our very eyes.

The people at Northwest Auto Salon did just that, recording a complete matte black transformation of a 430 Scuderia in a time-lapse video for our viewing pleasure. The light blue paint finish already looks awesome on the 430 Scuderia, but the Awesome Scale was ratcheted up to new levels after NWAS recorded the whole process of wrapping up the 430 in matte black.

Using a Canon 1DS MKII, NWAS recorded the whole transformation and with the power of state-of-the-art editing, compressed the whole event in just over three minutes.

From the light blue paint finish, the 430 Scuderia was transformed using a full body matte black wrap, matte yellow stripes with gloss yellow borders, yellow pin stripes on the wheels, and yellow mirrors.

A must-watch for you matte lovers out there!

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In Canada, it pays to speed in a Ferrari F430 Scuderia

In Canada, it pays to speed in a Ferrari F430 Scuderia

Back in September, a Canadian resident saw his $235,000 Ferrari F430 Scuderia confiscated after it was caught doing 124mph in a 37mph zone. Apparently, the owner of the Ferrari was racing a $75,000 BMW M6 that was also confiscated during the whole speeding ordeal. The two morons almost hit a mother walking with her children, so we don’t blame the Canadian police for taking away the two vehicles and giving the idiotic drivers 15-day driving bans.

"Our laws now work to take vehicles away from reckless drivers before they hurt someone, because they are demonstrating no regard for the safety of themselves or others on our roads," said one of the policemen. "This is probably the first time it’s been used at this level. We decided to use this particular new [forfeiture] section on this particular case, and I’m glad we did."

But there’s always a silver lining to every dark cloud. In this case, that silver lining comes in the form of an auction that saw the Ferrari F430 Scuderia being sold for $306,000 - quite a boost from its $235K price tag. The money will be divided between the vehicle’s owner and the government in an 80/20 split which is surprisingly fair considering the danger the driver put pedestrians in. Basically, the driver of the Ferrari walked out of there with more money than he paid for the car originally. We’re figuring, after the subtraction of the $235K, the owner saw a profit of about $10K. Depending on the fines given to him for his ignorant spectacle, he could actually make money on this deal.

The BMW M6 will be auctioned sometime next week. You never know, this guy may be able to turn a profit as well.

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 ADV.1 Wheels ensures that the Ferrari F430 rolls deep

ADV.1 Wheels ensures that the Ferrari F430 rolls deep

Some cars are just so inherently awesome that there’s no need to do any added work on them. Don’t get us wrong, adding tuning packages to these types of vehicles doesn’t hurt, but they don’t really need them. It’s kind of like giving a genius a book on something he hasn’t quite mastered yet; not knowing doesn’t make him less of a genius, but knowing makes him that much smarter. The Ferrari F430 fits that bill to a tee. You may have a perfectly spectacular Ferrari in your garage, but that doesn’t mean you can’t improve on it.

That brings us, of course, to ADV.1 Wheels, one of the best after market rims suppliers this side of the galaxy. Known for their performance, reliability, elegance, and uniqueness, ADV.1’s latest line of Super Deep Concave rims is the perfect cherry on the sundae on your Ferrari 430. The three-piece forged wheels come in four sizes – 19”, 20”, 21” and 22” and are available in two finishes: Brushed gunmetal lip with glass clear and Matte brushed titanium center. You can check out how it fits with the Ferrari F430 through the photo gallery. Be sure to wipe the drool off your faces when you’re done.

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Two more supercars added to 21-year old's collection

Two more supercars added to 21-year old’s collection

A few months ago, we reported the news about 21-year-old Dhiaa Al-Essa, a Saudi Arabian student who possessed one of the most remarkable collections we’ve ever seen. This guy, all 21 years old of him, doesn’t have any stamp or coin collections. Nope, his collectibles are a little more expensive than that. Check that; his collection is a lot more expensive than that.

Dhiaa Al-Essa loves cars so much that he already has 30 of them. We’re not talking about the garden variety Civics or Impalas here, either. We’re talking about exotics - 30 of the most powerful cars on the planet. One of his cars even made the headlines before – it was a Ferrari 458 Italia – when it burned down at London’s Heathrow Airport while on its way to the Middle East.

Undaunted by the 458 Italia that never was, Al-Essa promptly replaced it without even batting any eyelashes, spending over £ 600,000 to buy two new Ferraris: a 599 GTO and an F430 Scuderia Spider 16M with the latter being production number 499 out of 499.

Most of us would be thrilled by the mere prospect of owning two Ferraris but this guy is not most people. Despite having the two new Ferraris, he still has orders placed on a number of other supercars, including a Koenigsegg Agera, a Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, and a Ferrari SA Aperta.

Talk about living your fantasies vicariously. This guy’s wallet has no spending limit.

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2010 CarGraphic slims down the F430 Scuderia with some new wheels

2010 CarGraphic slims down the F430 Scuderia with some new wheels

When it comes to sports cars, it’s the wheels that have the final word. And while there’s no doubt in our minds that automakers like Ferrari offer some of the most amazing wheels around the world, vehicles can still do better with the help of some skilled tuners. The 430 Scuderia, for instance, is offered with an impressive set of new 10-spoke alloy wheels. However, what was impressive at its launch, isn’t as impressive now that CarGraphic has gotten their hands on this Ferrari.

p>The Ferrari F430 Scuderia is a lightweight version - about 100 kilos lighter - of the standard F430 and CarGraphic has continued with that theme with a new set of 20" alloy wheels. These wheels help the Ferrari achieve that extra weight loss because they are made of lightweight carbon fiber. It’s too bad that the price tag has experienced the same type of weight loss; the cost of these additions is about 7729.05 euro ($10,800).

That may be a little stiff for some, but if you can afford a Ferrari then the cost of these new wheels is just chump change.

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Ferraris invade Monza race track

Ferraris invade Monza race track

If only we could get invited to these exclusive track meets, then we’d be the ones getting videotaped with our fancy Ferraris instead of being the ones watching it from our sofas all while imagining the day when we could get our hands on a Prancing Horse.

That being said, there’s no shame in watching these videos because, well, this is probably as good as it can get for us.

This track video comes courtesy of Marchettino who somehow found himself at
Monza riding with a bunch of Ferrari owners for a nice day of leg stretching around the Italian race track. Watch the video and you’ll notice some of Maranello’s best running around Monza, including a black Ferrari 458 Italia, a Ferrari 599, and what looks to be a Ferrari 575M. Oh and there’s some Ferrari 430s and 360s scattered in the area as well.

If that’s not enough, we get a close-up look of an F430 Scuderia going full blast at 170 mph while producing that unmistakable engine roar to the delight of our speakers.

Not to sound like a jealous man, but…I want one of those!

Admit it, people. You’re all as envious as we are right now.

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2010 Ferrari F430 Novitec by ZR Auto

2010 Ferrari F430 Novitec by ZR Auto

As with any other Ferrari model, the F430 sports car has received star treatment from worldwide Ferrari tuning firm, Novitec Rosso, but apparently Michiel van den Brink and ZR Auto thought the package needed just a few more tweaks before it was just right. In case anyone has already forgotten these Canadian tuners were the ones that created the 1200 HP Gallardo, and Michiel van den Brink is the designer of the famous Ferrari Vandenbrink GTO so we can only imagine that what they added to the F430 is sure to please!

Unfortunately, these creative minds have only provided us with a few images of their version of the F430 by Novitec, but we can only hope that since Michiel van den Brink was in charge of the exterior design, that ZR Auto was given the task of boosting power under the hood. Do we see a 1200hp F430 in our future? Maybe, maybe not, but we’ll get back with more details as soon as they are released.

Until then, just sit back and enjoy the red exterior paint along with those black stripes and ZR Auto. And when you look at the ZR Auto logo just remember that you might be feasting your eyes on a power hungry version of the Ferrari F430. Bon Appetit!

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Toyota MR2 turned Ferrari F430 Spider goes side by side with the real deal

Toyota MR2 turned Ferrari F430 Spider goes side by side with the real deal

You know when people say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery?
Well this dude took it to a whole new level. See, he has a Toyota MR2, a nice sports car that has no chance when parked beside, say, a Ferrari F430 Spider.

Apparently, our MR2 owner found a way to make his MR2 a little more presentable: he dressed up his Toyota sports car to look like a Ferrari F430 Spider. We say “look like” because no matter how hard he tried, you still wouldn’t mistake one for the other.

The story becomes more ridiculous when the owner of the Fauxrarri decided to participate in a sports car meet somewhere in the Netherlands with his dressed up MR2. Upon arriving at the location of the meet, the owner parked his sports car in one spot, oblivious to the fact that another sports car, albeit a lot more powerful, was parked very close by.

Care to venture a guess at which sports car that was?

Yep. It was a Ferrari F430 Spider, and a real one at that.

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Capristo gives the Ferrari 430 Scuderia a little more gallop with a new exhaust system

Capristo gives the Ferrari 430 Scuderia a little more gallop with a new exhaust system

Proving that Prancing Horses can still be given an upgrade or two, exhaust extraordinaire Capristo has come out with a new exhaust system for the Ferrari 430 Scuderia.

Not only does this system allow the car to lose about 24 kilos in weight, but more importantly, the added significance of the lost weight and the upgraded performance of the tuning house’s exhaust combines to give the 430 Scuderia, an already powerful Ferrari by any measure, an added 25 horsepower and 50 Nm of torque.

And to show the Ferrari-loving world just how much of a difference the new exhaust system makes on the 430 Scuderia, the boys at Capristo were kind enough to release a video of the supercar doing some tests before the exhaust was put in, the process of putting their system in the 430 Scuderia, and the resulting difference between the old exhaust and the new Capristo system.

Enjoy!

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2008 Ferrari F430 burns down; owner cries about it

2008 Ferrari F430 burns down; owner cries about it

Now this is as heartbreaking a story as you’ll ever come across. Not that we cried or anything, but we feel for the owner of this 2008 Ferrari F430 Novitech for the ordeal he had to go through. On the flip side, this is also a reminder to all of us that car insurance, while maddeningly expensive, can still be the best thing that ever happened to your car.

In any case, here are the details. That car, as we’ve mentioned, is – or was – a 2008 Ferrari F430 Novitech that caught fire on the German Autobahn recently while going at 80 mph around 5 in the morning after the owner’s eventful night of club-hopping. As soon as the fire began, the owner quickly pulled over at the side of the highway, got out of the car and made a quick getaway, avoiding any injuries in the process.

Unfortunately, his Ferrari wasn’t as lucky. As soon as the fire was stopped, the F430 Novitech was reduced to a twisted heap of hot metal. What’s worse, the car didn’t have any insurance on it, driving the owner, according to people who witnessed the fiery spectacle, to tears after seeing his precious supercar get engulfed in flames.

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2010 Ferrari Scuderia Edition by Anderson Germany

2010 Ferrari Scuderia Edition by Anderson Germany

Anderson Germany is really into tuning Ferrari models. Last month they revealed a tuning package for the California and today they have revealed details on a new tuning package for the F430 Scuderia. And, as usual, the tuner worked on both the exterior and the interior, as well as boosting the engine’s performances.

The exterior package includes an exclusive stealth look coating - à la jet plane - tinted windows, taillights and blinkers, exterior mirrors, a tail diffuser, and several engine compartment coverings all made in carbon fiber. The interior not only gets fine leather applications in alcantara leather and matte carbon look, but it also gets a new high-end sound system which is extremely convenient considering the standard Scuderia doesn’t have a stereo.

As for the engine upgrade, the tuner added a weight reduced valve commanded stainless steel exhaust system and a sports air filter. The result is an impressive 575 HP (up from a standard of 510 HP). The whole package is finished by 20" light alloy black rims combined with 235/30-20 front and 325/25-20 rear high performance tires.

Press release after the jump.

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Carbon fiber Ferrari 430 Scuderia Spider 16M for sale for $650,000

Carbon fiber Ferrari 430 Scuderia Spider 16M for sale for $650,000

So, do you have an extra $650,000 to spare? If you do, then you might fancy this piece of carbon fiber goodness.

This, dear friends, is a carbon fiber 2009 Ferrari Scuderia Spider 16M and for the aforementioned price tag, you can drive home with it and be the envy of just about everybody who sees you behind the wheel of this car. It’s completely one-of-a-kind. It’s got Tubi-sourced titanium exhaust tips, redesigned alcantara and leather interior, full-screen navigation system, front and rear view cameras, and factory designed carbon fiber wheels. Best of all, the car only has a grand total of 126 miles on its odometer.

And did we forget to mention the carbon fiber body, which was commissioned by the car’s last owner from no less than Maranello’s premier bodywork specialist Carrozzeria Zanasi? Yeah, the car comes with that, too.

In the unlikely event that you’re reading this and you own an island somewhere in the Pacific, then you can probably drop by the Ferrari dealership in Beverly Hills, fork over the $650,000 and be on your way.

Not that we’re jealous of you, except that, well, we are.

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Ferrari 430 crashes after making a bee-line towards a tree

Ferrari 430 crashes after making a bee-line towards a tree

If you’re one of those lucky few that calls themselves a Ferrari owner, the past few months have been marked with a number of horrific crashes and unceremonious fires to a number of Ferrari models, most notably that of the fire crisis the 458 Italia has found itself in.

Unfortunately, the total number of Ferrari crashes continues to increase, with the most recent one occurring in Zagreb, Croatia over the weekend. From what we’ve gathered, the accident occurred sometime Sunday evening after the driver of this Ferrari 430 lost control of his car before driving it straight into a tree. As you can see by the photos, the crash left very little of the 430’s hood intact, prompting us to wonder whether this car can still be salvageable.

The only good news to come out of this crash was that the driver of the car escaped the accident without any injuries. And given the extent of damage sustained by his car, that dude should be counting his blessings.

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Video: Gallardo LP570-4 Superleggera vs. F430 Spider twin turbo

Video: Gallardo LP570-4 Superleggera vs. F430 Spider twin turbo

UnderGround Racing has put together two of the most powerful supercars for a little one on one racing action. The participants are a standard Gallardo LP 570-4 Superleggera and an Underground Racing creation: a twin turbo Ferrari F430 Spider.

The Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Superleggera weighs in at around 154 pounds less than the Gallardo LP 560-4. The 5.2 liter V10 engine delivers an incredible 570 hp. The result is a sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 3.4 seconds, from 0 to 124 mph in only 10.2 seconds later, and a top speed that goes up to 202 mph. That’s more than impressive, right?

But wait! Its opponent, the Ferrari F430 is even more impressive. With the addition of a turbo system with modified engine it delivers an impressive 750 HP on standard fuel and 1000 HP on race fuel. So, who do you think will win the competition?

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Auto Veloce gives Ferrari F430 a Lamborghini treatment

Auto Veloce gives Ferrari F430 a Lamborghini treatment

Since time immemorial – or at least since the automobile was invented – man has found countless ways to push the envelope when it comes to super cars. Yet despite their dissimilarities, supercars generally hold a couple of things in common, chief among them are their awe-inducing power and their gaudy price tags.

That being said, it’s hard to mistake a Ferrari for a Lamborghini and vice versa, thanks in large part to the distinct features both Italian supercar makers have from each other. But as is the case with the bold and the ingenious, Japanese tuners Auto Veloce have found a way to infuse design elements found in the Lamborghini and put them into a Ferrari F430.

Not exactly the holiest of collaborations, but the whole Ferrari-Lamborghini look by Auto Veloce works wonders on both the untrained eye of a regular Joe and the steely and scrutinizing mind of a gear head. Notice that this particular F430 now comes with Lamborghini’s distinct front air dam, quarter panel intakes, and rear wing that look suspiciously inspired by a Lamborghini Murcielago Super Veloce. We don’t know if that was the look Auto Veloce was hoping for, but judging by the Lambo-Ferrari mash-up, we pretty much figured what kind of look the tuning house was aiming for.

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2010 Ferrari F430 by Status Design

2010 Ferrari F430 by Status Design

Status Design, a Russian tuning firm, has unveiled a styling and performance package for the Ferrari F430, proving that a car with that much power as it is can still be tweaked to give it even more boost. Overkill? Perhaps, but that’s how Russia rolls, right? Give them a vacuum cleaner and they won’t waste a minute putting some rocket boosters in it.

But we’re digressing. To be honest, we actually love what Status Design has done with this F430 using their SU35 kit. For starters, they gave the supercar’s already powerful 4.3-liter V8 engine a recalibrated engine control unit and an off-the-wall exhaust, which spikes up the car’s overall power to 525 horsepower with a top speed of over 200 mph. For those who think that figure’s still a little on the turtlish side, Status Design will be offering these whack jobs a supercharging kit courtesy of Novitec, which boosts the F430’s power to an eye-popping 700 horsepower.

As for aesthetics, the SU35 package comes with an integrated carbon lip with a rear bumper and a rear wing made from carbon fiber. Speaking of carbon fiber, the SD-tuned F430 has loads of it all over the car. In addition to the wing, there’s also more of the material in the mirrors, side skirts, rear wing, and hood.

Like what you see here by Status Design? Well check out the BMW X6 they featured a couple weeks ago. These guys seem to know what they are doing.

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Ferrari F430 Premier4509 Veilside looks great in red

Ferrari F430 Premier4509 Veilside looks great in red

Back in March, Premier4509 unveiled the first details on their new tuning package for the Ferrari F430 with the promise that the package would be available starting in June. Thankfully, it seems the tuner has kept their promise as a gorgeous red Ferrari F430 Premier4509 has been spotted in Germany.

There will only be 300 units of this beautiful car out there, each coming with new bumpers front and rear, new side skirts, a new diffuser, and a big spoiler. The car also comes with 19-inch and 20-inch wheels on the front and rear, respectively. Customers can also opt to receive a rear wing and exhaust tip for their beautiful vehicle.

We just hope that as many customers as possible will choose this incredible red instead of that fade white firstly unveiled by Premier4509. The red follows suit with the Ferrari spirit much better!

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Ferrari F430 gets jacked when casino valet lets another person drive away with it

Ferrari F430 gets jacked when casino valet lets another person drive away with it

More often than not, valets are a pretty sketchy bunch. You give them the keys to your car and for the next few hours or so, they can pretty much do whatever they want with it, including giving it to another person who doesn’t even own the car.

According to The Herald Sun, that’s precisely what happened in Australia when professional poker player Van Marcus dropped by the Crowne Casino in Melbourne for a nice, little poker action. After having his Ferrari F430 picked up by valet parking, a certain Adam Ramsey somehow ended up taking the car and driving it home. It turns out that after seeing the F430, Ramsey approached the valet folks saying that he had lost his ticket. Whether it was a case of a flawed policy or just plain idiocy, the valet crew merely asked Ramsey to jot down his personal information before handing him the keys of the F430.

Predictably, Marcus was a little pissed off when he found out that his prized F430 left without him - and with someone else driving it away. Fortunately for Marcus, the Melbourne police were quick on the job, tracking down the car six hours late when Ramsey had to stop for gas - or petrol, as our Aussie friends call it. Ramsey’s now facing charges for vehicle theft and will most likely serve time for boosting the F430.

The lesson here is pretty simple. Valet parking should be a last resort, especially for those with cars that are of the exotic variety. And Marcus, well, he said the car just didn’t feel the same after being taken for a little joyride by a total stranger. We feel for you, buddy.

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Ferrari F430 Spider spotted with unique wrap

Ferrari F430 Spider spotted with unique wrap

If you missed the previous sighting, it’s time to show you another strange looking Ferrari F430 Spider. It seems that everyone is going wrap-crazy and creating more stimulating designs that do anything, but camouflage the actual vehicle. Case in point: this F430 is painted in matte white with black wraps. The wrap is more military-style and is combined with black and white wheels and yellow brake pads. Even the mirrors are all wrapped up and the rear lights are blackened.

The guy that spotted the car also said it featured a new exhaust system that produces an incredibly Ferrari-authentic sound.

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Blind Turkish singer sets 182 mph land speed record

Blind Turkish singer sets 182 mph land speed record

Of course, at first sight, 182 mph is not a world record. But for a blind man, such a speed is more than just a record. This amazing number was hit by Metin Senturk, a Turkish singer, while driving a Ferrari F430 at the Urfa airport in eastern Turkey.

He entered the Guinness World Records with a top speed of 292.89 km/h (181.9 mph), breaking the previous record of 284 kph (176 mph), held by a British bank manager.

"I don’t think there are any words to describe this feeling. I am really happy. It was really hard, like a dance with death," said Senturk.

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