2005 Ferrari F430 Spider
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(from Ferrari Press Release) Ferrari’s range of V8-engined sports cars will
be joined by the new F430 Spider when it is unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show
(3-13 March 2005).
Ferrari’s new drop-top includes a number of important technical features which
give hints of the car’s F1 pedigree, starting with the innovative electronic
differential (E-diff) - first developed by the racing division for the
Scuderia’s all-conquering F1 cars – which improves traction and road holding
under all conditions. The Spider also features the steering wheel-mounted rotary
switch, known to the Scuderia’s drivers as the ‘manettino’, which allows the
car’s set-up to be adjusted easily and quickly.
Formula 1 is again the inspiration for the development of the company’s road
cars. Designed by Pininfarina, the F430 Spider’s sinuous lines, in fact, were
fine-tuned using state-of-the-art computer aerodynamics simulation programmes
usually employed exclusively by the F1 team.
The F430 Spider’s shape is the result of lengthy testing and features a
pronounced rear lip spoiler which is integrated into the end of the engine
cover, new bigger rear air intakes that emphasise the car’s muscular stance, and
a new rear valance that incorporates a diffuser of competition derivation. The
engine itself is attractively set below a glass cover.
Just like the berlinetta, the new Spider incorporates two elliptical air intakes
that feed the front radiators. The shape of the intakes is inspired by Ferrari’s
racing cars from the 1961 season, especially the 156 F1 which Phil Hill drove to
that year’s F1 Championship title. The spoiler that joins the two intakes at
their bottom edge is highly effective in directing the central air flow towards
the flat underbody.
The F430 Spider boasts a compact, fully automatic electric hood that allows the
engine to be seen in all its glory at all times and which, once lowered, takes
up relatively little space, despite the uncompromising central-rear engine
The F430 Spider is powered by Ferrari’s new 490 hp, 4,308cc 90° V8 which is
capable of pushing the car to a top speed of over 193 mph and covering the 0-62
mph sprint in just 4.1 seconds. This lightweight and highly compact power unit
produces a specific output of 114 hp per litre with a weight-to-power ratio of
2.9 kg (6.4 lbs) per horsepower (dry weight).
F430 Spider Brief technical specifications
||4.3l V8 360.4 kW (490 CV*) at 8500 rpm