The Ferrari F430 supercar, shown to the public at the 2004 Paris Motor Show, is not a complete replacement for the Ferrari 360 Modena, but rather its logical continuation.
The Ferrari F430 is a rear-wheel-drive, mid-engined, rear-wheel drive two-seater coupe with a Berlinetta body style. The car owes its appearance to the famous designer Frank Stephenson, who developed the exterior of many cars, including the Ferrari 612 Scaglietti.
The F430’s shark-nose air intakes were borrowed from the Ferrari 156 that Phil Hill won in the 1961 F1 race. The Ferrari F430 is not the most beautiful Ferrari car, but every millimeter of its surface is literally saturated with technical innovations, so Ferrari engineers call it the F131 Evoluzione, or simply “Evo”, and in every sense it resembles the legendary Ferrari Enzo.
With the F430, space metal technology has been taken to the next level. In addition, he received a whole series of innovations previously used only in the creation of Formula 1 cars. This is an electronic differential (E-Diff) and a small lever (Italian manettino) located on the steering wheel, and responds to the car settings, as in the Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano.
Other distinguishing features of the F430 are its lightweight compact 490 hp V8 engine. at 8,500 rpm, an efficient carbon ceramic disc braking system and a transmission, also derived from the F1, which allows gear changes in 150 milliseconds, making the F430 accelerate from 0 to 100 km / h in four seconds and exceed the top speed 315 km / h.
Such indicators are facilitated by the relatively low weight of the car – 1 450 kg., And its small overall dimensions, mm .: length – 4 511, width – 1 923, height – 1 214 (for the convertible Ferrari F430 Spider – 1 234). The wheelbase is the same in both cases – 2,601 mm.
The perfect aerodynamic shape of the Ferrari F430 is conducive to the fact that the car easily overcomes air resistance, accelerating as if in a vacuum, and good downforce guarantees its stability on any road surface in straight-line traffic and on bends.
Under the hood of the anniversary version of the Ferrari F430 Scuderia (translated from Italian “scuderia” means stable) is a forced F430 engine with a power of 510 hp. This supercar was presented at the 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show by renowned F1 driver Michael Schumacher.
The F430 Scuderia was adapted for public roads, equipped with a new traction control system, the shift time of the advanced robotic six-speed gearbox was reduced to 60 milliseconds, the weight was reduced to 1,250 kg, due to which the ratio of units of power per unit of vehicle weight was a record, the maximum speed of the F430 Scuderia exceeded 319 km / h, and acceleration from standstill to hundreds was reduced by 0.4 seconds.
Until 2009, 499 copies of the open version of the Ferrari F430 Scuderia: Scuderia Spider 16M were produced, dedicated to the victory of the Ferrari team in the F1 Constructors’ Cup in 2008. The creators of this car have not forgotten about the environment. Ferrari F430 with ethanol engine is less polluting.
The interior of all modifications of the F430 is made in the traditional aggressive sports style. The price of the Ferrari F430 ranged from $ 186,925 to $ 217,318 in the US, and reached £ 119,500 in the UK. It is now possible to buy a Ferrari F 430 in Russia on the secondary market on average from 3,000,000 to 6,000,000 rubles, depending on the year of manufacture, mileage, condition and the presence / absence of various options and tuning.
The last Ferrari F430 was sold on April 17, 2009 at an auction in Maranello. All proceeds went to the restoration of one of the regions of Italy, affected by a strong earthquake. In 2009, the Ferrari 458 Italia replaced the model.
Ferrari F430 racing
The Ferrari F430 GTC has been designed specifically to compete in international GT2 competitions, in which it has won numerous victories. And the Ferrari F430 GT3, based on the Ferrari F430 Challenge, won the 2007 FIA GT3 European Championship title.