signals the arrival of a brand new generation of V8-engined Ferrari
berlinettas. Every inch of the car was inspired by the engineering
research carried out at Ferrari's Gestione Sportiva F1 racing division.
The result is a highly innovative design, characterised by cutting-edge
technologies perfected for use on a road-going car. Two of these
innovations are world firsts for production cars: the electronic
differential (E-Diff) initially developed by Ferrari for its F1 single-seaters
and designed to make the most of the engine's torque to optimise
traction, and the steering wheel-mounted rotary switch (better known to
the Formula 1 drivers as the manettino) which directly controls
the integrated systems governing vehicle dynamics.
The F430's light, compact 4308cc engine is completely new and gives the
car its name. It punches out 490bhp and delivers a specific power output
of 114bhp/litre and 343lb.ft of torque. Needless to say, performance is
outstanding: acceleration from zero to 62mph (100km/h) in 4 seconds and
a maximum speed in excess of 196mph (315km/h).
Every area of this latest Prancing Horse car has been influenced by
Formula 1. For instance, owners can order a braking system using
carbon-ceramic discs which offer superior stopping power and give the
driver the satisfying feeling of being in complete control of the
vehicle even in the most demanding situations.
The F430's aerodynamics are also highly innovative for a road car: its
shape has been honed to generate special flows to increase downforce and