To celebrate the 16th driver’s championship in Formula 1, Ferrari decided to reveal all the details on their newest F430 16M Scuderia Spider model. With a hardtop roof, California‘s 4.3-liter V8 engine that sports 510 hp, a smart super-efficient, dual-clutch 7-speed transmission the new F430 sure looks like a winner. So if you’re one of those rich sheiks in the Gulf then you’d better prepare some cash because Ferrari is only going to build 499 units of the F430 16M Scuderia Spider. You don’t wanna miss on that one …. right? – via Teamspeed.com
Those jerks guys at FIA are trying to push a new regulation starting with the 2010 F1 championship and that is standard engines for all teams. I’m not going to ramble on why I think that’s a very very very bad decision because you probably feel the same. However, I plan on telling you that hearing rumors that such a major rule might be in place from next year, Ferrari and Toyota already made up their minds. They’re going to pull out unless those brainless guys that rule F1 change their minds. I’m hoping for an alternative solution to spiraling costs associated with engine development, because standard engines is not yet a viable one. – via F1-live
Do you remember Ferrari California? Do you remember the way it looks? it doesn’t matter if you said yes or no, the most important thing is … can you afford one because we know how much it will sell for (at least in the UK). The Brits already know price for the new Ferrari California and it’s £143,000. What you get for the money? Great looks that cover a 4.3-litre V8 beast that does 460 bhp at 7500rpm, weighs 1735kg, features a 7-speed double-clutch transmission and does 0 to 100km/h in under 4 seconds. Amazing? You betcha!
The Paris Motor Show this year, has a lot (A LOT) of hot stuff going on. For example, Ferrari’s new baby, the California has been unveiled (officially) and boy that thing looks neat. I can see it designed for the lovely sunny beaches in California, it has an aluminum hardtop – keeping weight down – that only takes 14 seconds to open or close.
With a cute “little” 4.3-litre V8 engine inside that develops nothing less than 460 hp the new Ferrari California goes to 100km/h in less than 4 seconds and tops at 310km/h. But the engine seems to be very well optimized … It will take 13.1-l of fuel for every 100km you drive, but … will emit 305.6 g\km in harmful CO2 (that I don’t like). If you can afford it, then you should know it comes with various suspension settings, a new 7-speed double-clutch gearbox, satellite navigation and some other goodies for large pockets.
Igor Krasnov is a Russian designer on cardesign.ru, with great skills. What you see above is his view on Ferrari’s Four-Door Coupe. It’s a supercar gone wild with a great long body, small but sharp headlamps, a red interior and some James Bond styled wheels to make the whole image complete. We’re not sure if Ferrari reads it or if they’re going to use any shapes from this rendered speculation, but we do know that it’s gorgeous and that the sheiks are selling oil at high prices to buy it if the Italians will build it.
How would you improve it. What is it that you love and what is it that you’d change ? – via WCF
The official pics of the California GT have been released and soon enough it will be launched at the Paris Motor Show in October. This mid-sized roadster will only be built as a convertible with Ferrari‘s first folding hardtop.
Ferrari always being renowned for its power and performance does not disappoint with the California GT with its 4,3 litre direct injection V8 engine producing 460bhp, mounted in the mid-front. This prancing horse can reach 0-100km/h in less than 4 seconds.
Its gearshifts are via a seven speed dual clutch transmission with F1-Trac traction control. It also houses Brembo carbon ceramic brakes which should help to bring this speedy horse to a sudden stop. Also in keeping with the rest of the new generation Ferrari’s, it will be built on an aluminium chassis as well as aluminium body panels.
More details about this car is expected to be releases prior to the Paris Motor Show. In the meantime join in on the Ferrari California GT countdown at www.ferraricalifornia.com
If you were hoping of owning a Ferrari F1 car and the FXX pedal car just wasn’t enough for you here is another idea. A chocolate Ferarri F1. Believe it or not this real-sized F1 car, despite the fact that it doesn’t have an engine, has 2,000 kg of chocolate to keep you busy.
“The project started one year ago, just for fun, but then the Club Pasticceri Italiani started to get really enthusiastic and eventually it became a life-sized model. They started melting the chocolate in 2007, at first copying a small-scale model of the Ferrari F2008, then getting the full scale model done using chocolate imported especially from Belgium.” said Luigi Liberti, president of the Scuderia Ferrari Club Napoli.
The chocolate car was used as a display piece at a Ferrari party and now they are eating it. If you want one and you can wait 1 year you will be able to buy one for about $24,000.
Three weeks before the start of the 2008 Formula One Championship and Jarno Trulli just announced that he thinks Ferarri is going to win it this year. He doesn’t give other any chances and says “the championship already looks over to me before it has started”. The guy tested Toyota and Ferrari cars in Bahrein and is very happy with what the new F2008 is offering being noticeable quicker (half a second quicker).
On the other hand, Trulli said that for Toyota’s TF108 is “unrealistic to talk about podiums.”