Ferrari F430 Review & Ratings
- 16 July 2015
- Author: Nikolas Perseputto
The Ferrari F30 is classified as a sports car and was produced by Italian carmaker Ferrari starting in 2004 until 2009. This car is the successor of the Ferrari 360 and first debuted in 2004 at the Paris Motor Show, replacing the Ferrari 458 which was first unveiled July of 2009. The initial retail price of the F430 was $186,925-$217,318 in the United States and £119,500 in the U.K. The total amount for the base model of this vehicle was $379,000 and $450,000 for the Spider F1 which was sold in Australia as well as New Zealand.
The entire body styling of the F30 was revised from its predecessor, the Ferrari 360, to enhance the vehicle’s aerodynamic capabilities. While the drag coefficient for the F30 did not change, downforce was one factor which was greatly improved upon. These two vehicles do share the same basic Alcoa Aluminum chassis as well as glass, doors, and roofline, but otherwise the car looks completely different from the 360. This vehicle’s exterior design was heavily influenced by previous Ferrari models, including the original first generation version. This car also had large oval openings in the front bumper which are similar to that of the racing models from the 1960s, including the 156 “Sharknose” Formula One car.
The engine in the F430 is a 4.3 liter V8 petrol engine. This new engine was a definite change from the ones that had been used in other models before it, as most of them were heavily influenced by the Dino racing program of the 1950s. The new 4.3 liter engine was a revolutionary development for Ferrari and it has a total output of 490 PS or 483 horsepower as well as 8500 rpm and 343 pound-feet of torque. All of the connecting rods as well as the crankshaft and pistons were all new, though the four-valve cylinder head and the intake trumpets were both copied from the Formula 1 engines for reason of volumetric efficiency. This vehicle has a top speed of 196 mph or 315 km/hour and is able to accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in just 4.4 seconds.
The brakes that the F430 uses were designed with Brembo who was also responsible for the clipers and discs as well as Bosch who did the electronics package, leading to the development of a new cast-iron allow which the discs were made of. This new allow is comprised of molybdenum which has an enhanced heat dissipation performance. The F30 was available with an optional carbon-fibre reinforced Silicon Carbide ceramic composite brake package.
There were many different features which the F430 had to offer, including E-Diff, which was a computer-controlled limited slip active differential which is capable of varying the distribution of the vehicle’s torque based on puts which include lateral acceleration and steering angle. Some of the other more noteworthy features of this vehicle include Ferrari’s own manettino steering wheel-mounted control knob. This new feature allowed drivers to choose from five different settings to modify the vehicle’s ESC system.
The Scuderia Spider 16M, which is a convertible variant of the 430, was designed and built to commemorate Ferrari’s 16th victory in the Formula 1 Constructor’s World Championship which took place in 2008. Ferrari first unveiled this vehicle at the World Finals in Mugello. The engine in the Spider 16M can produce up to 510 PS or 503 horsepower at 8500 rpm and 470 N m or 350 pound-feet of torque. This car has a dry weight of 1,340 kg or 2,954 lb, making it a total of 80 kg lighter than its F430 predecessor.