Ferrari 458 Italia has set the world on fire (no pun intended) with its aggressive futuristic styling, amazing aerodynamics and mind-blowing chassis, so it is time for us to say goodbye to its predecessor, the amazing Ferrari F430.
After its debut on the 2004 Paris Motor Show, it was clear from the start that Ferrari had another winner on the table. Styling was led by Pininfarina, with Frank Stephenson as the design chief (who famously designed the very acclaimed 2001 BMW Mini and the 2002 Range Rover). All was set for a huge shakeup in the supercar world.
Its engine was a collaborative effort between Ferrari and its sister brand Maserati, a glorious 4,3 litre V8 producing 490 PS. The engine was entirely new which was a radical step because all Ferrari V8’s of past were based on the old 1950s Dino racing program. Although the engine was 20 percent bigger in displacement, the weight was increased by a mere four kilograms, while the aluminium body shell was significantly lighter than the one found in its predecessor, the 360 Modena.
Of course, everyone was interested in numbers, and F430 did not disappoint: The car was quicker from zero to sixty miles, getting there in just four seconds, whereas high speed reached a new record of 196 MPH (315 KM/H).
The F430 also introduced a new feature called manettino, a Formula One inspired small switch on the steering wheel which alters the stability control settings, something that was featured in every Ferrari since then.
In its five year production run, the F430 was also offered as a open top (better known as Spider), and several special editions. The F430 Challenge was a special track version where the engine was left untouched, but the weight was significantly reduced. Two years later, in 2007, Ferrari released the F430 Scuderia, upgrading the engine to 515 PS and reducing the weight by another 200 pounds.
The last two special editions were the Scuderia Spider 16M, basically a roadster version of already impressive Scuderia, and the peculiar F430 Biofuel which runs on ethanol, and emits five percent less carbon dioxide. Not that anyone cared about the CO2 part, but still.
As a farewell to the already iconic supercar, take a look at our exclusive images made by ActivFilms.TV which brought us a set of gorgeous Ferrari 430 wallpapers, a real proper way to say farewell to a platform so exciting as this. We won’t stop reporting about Ferrari 430 projects and builds, but Ferrari has moved on to newer models and this was needed to be said about a special vehicle like this.