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The Ferrari F430 is the premier Italian race car. The F430′s styling is derived from the earlier generation F360 Modena. The newer F430 has more aggressive air intakes in front and atop the rear quarters, as well as Enzo-inspired taillights. The F430 driver’s cabin feels more like a fighter pilot cockpit. A manettino switch on the steering wheel provides five different Formula One (F1) modes to control the car’s traction and stability control, E-diff, active dampers, and the transmission. The manettino options include (1) snow, (2) rain, (3) sport, (4) race, and (5) off. The F430 receives its thrust from a naturally aspirated 4.3 liter, Italian V8 engine. The power plant generates a thunderous 490 hp and 343 lb-ft of torque. Improvements to the F1 Transmission allow the car to change gears in a staggering 150 milliseconds.
The powerful F430′s performance is breath taking. It has a top speed of 196mph (315 km/h), a 0-62mph (0 to 100 km/h) in 4 seconds flat, and sprints the quarter in mere 11.43 seconds. Our Ferrari is also equipped with front and rear 6 piston Brembo High Performance Brakes giving even more control to the driver. Like the Enzo, the F430′s steering wheel uses thumb-actuated buttons to start the car and sound the horn. The F430 is powered by a V8 featuring Ferrari’s flat-plane crank (180° between throws). This is an all-new unit that does not share any components with the 360 Modena’s engine. The improvement in terms of performance, weight and reduction of overall dimensions is the result of applying Ferrari’s wealth of F1 experience to its road cars. The F430′s engine displacement is 4308 cc, with Torque at (343 lb-ft at 5250 rpm, 80% of which is already available at 3500 rpm) and Horse power at (490 bhp at 8500 rpm). The engine is extremely compact with a cylinder spacing of just 104 mm. Similarly, Ferrari’s engineers integrated the sump and main bearings in a single casting which, along with a smaller diameter twin-plate clutch and flywheel, has reduced the engine height between the bottom of the oil sump and the crankshaft to just 130 mm.
Some technical features that set the F430 apart is the E-Diff. This solution has been used for years by F1 race cars and has been developed and refined, effectively transferring torque levels to the track under cornering g-forces. The E-Diff is standard equipment on the F430 – the first production car to be equipped with such a sophisticated system. On the track, the E-Diff guarantees maximum grip out of bends. On the road it greatly improves grip eliminating wheel spin. Ferrari’s F1 Gearbox is state of the art, changing gears takes just 150 milliseconds, as measured by the €˜hole’ in acceleration during the change (the overall time from declutching, changing gear to releasing the clutch).
The F430′s interior is spectacular. It reflects the advanced technology and materials employed in the car’s construction, and have carbon-fibre inserts. All the major controls are in front of the driver within easy reach. In the driver’s direct line of sight is the rev counter, which features a yellow background and a metal surround, the digital readout of the gear ratio selected and a multi-function display. Driver control was the inspiration behind mounting the starter button and manettino on the steering while making easy access to necessary changes while driving. The cockpit is quite big and the already excellent passenger comfort is subsequent thanks to a slim central tunnel which houses the gear lever turret on the F1 paddle-shift console.
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