Alfardan Motors, the official importer of Ferrari vehicles in Oman, yesterday launched the Ferrari 458 Speciale – the most powerful and technologically advanced naturally aspirated V8 Berlinetta in the illustrious marque’s history. The 458 Speciale was launched at an exclusive ceremony organized by Alfardan Motors at the Ferrari Showroom in Al Azaiba.
Ferrari’s core ethos is to deliver extreme technological innovation and performance based on leading edge research, and with the latest 458 Speciale, the new model has yielded powertrain, aerodynamics and vehicle dynamics advances that transform an already exceptional 458 Italia into a car genuinely worthy of the “Speciale” moniker. The result is a completely new, uncompromising, streamlined sports car concept.
Commenting on the launch of the Speciale, Mohamed Kandeel, General Manager of Alfardan Motors said, “The 458 Speciale is the ultimate expression of the V8 range from Ferrari and a natural progression of the Ferrari product line. The 458 Speciale is the very essence of what a Ferrari is, with sleek lines, advanced aerodynamics and power that can translates to outstanding track times with ease. This is a car like no other, one that brings another level of sophisticated design ethos, extreme technologies and ultimate power.”
Flanked in the Maranello marque’s range by the multi-award-winning 458 Italia and 458 Spider, the new mid-rear-engine V8 berlinetta was designed to boost both performance and driving emotion to unprecedented levels, yet simultaneously guarantee smooth, effortless control in all kinds of situations.
Having lavished meticulous attention on the power unit that was named “Best Performance Engine” at the International Engine of the Year Awards for two consecutive years, Ferrari has now built its most powerful naturally aspirated V8 ever (605 cv) with an extraordinary specific power output of 135 cv/l , the highest ever achieved by a road-going naturally aspirated engine.
Thanks to an equally exceptional weight/power ratio of just 2.13 kg/cv, the 458 Speciale can sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in a mere 3.0s (0-200 km/h in 9.1s) and also clocked a lap time of just 1’23″5 at the Fiorano Circuit.
Aerodynamic requirements guided the work of the Ferrari Styling Centre, which led the project in cooperation with Pininfarina, to sculpt the car’s forms to ensure they were more performance-oriented than ever. The most notable features in this sense are the front and rear movable aerodynamics which balance downforce and cut drag, thus helping make the 458 Speciale the most aerodynamically efficient range production car in Ferrari history (E Index of 1.5). Many of the sophisticated design and engineering solutions unique to the 458 Speciale are being applied for the very first time ever in a road legal car, including its advanced active aerodynamics, and will become a standard feature on all new Ferraris in the future.
The technology used in the vehicle dynamics subsystems gives the driver instant confidence and control at high speeds, natural power over-steer management and precise response to commands, and demonstrate clear advances in an area in which Ferrari is already a well-established leader.
One of the most innovative abilities of the 458 Speciale is the Side Slip angle Control system (SSC) which makes it easier to achieve car control on the limit, thereby greatly improving driving emotions and responsive handling. Thanks to the development of an accurate new algorithm, the SSC system performs instant-to-instant analysis of the car’s side slip, comparing it with the target value and then optimising both torque management (via integration with F1-Trac traction control) and torque distribution between the two wheels (via integration with the E-Diff electronic differential).
“This is a car that is designed to give you an incredible experience behind the wheel and make even ordinary drivers achieve extraordinary feats with absolute safety. To put it simply, if you lose traction, it’s not designed to shut you down – instead it is designed to enhance the experience by transferring the power to where you have traction,” says Mohamed Kandeel. “This car is all about creating that very unique experience and the interface between man and machine.”
Part and parcel of the car’s development included Michelin Pilot Sport Cup2 tyres which were specifically designed for the 458 Speciale in an intensive collaboration programme involving, amongst other factors, numerous track test and simulator sessions. Specially conceived for the new vehicle, the bespoke tyres boost performance over a single lap in the dry as well as improving performance consistency in subsequent laps. They also allow the car to avail of maximum available grip in the wet.
The abovementioned technical content has improved the 458 Speciale’s single lap time and also delivers repeatability of that performance on subsequent laps that is absolutely unprecedented for a car not designed exclusively for track use. The result is that the 458 Speciale has the fastest response time (0.060 s) and highest lateral acceleration (1.33 g) ever achieved by a car in the Prancing Horse range.
The Ferrari 458 Speciale is now available for sale from Alfardan Motors. For more information on the car please visit the Ferrari Showroom in Al Azaiba.
For further information:
Meydan Alazaibah, Alfardan Building
PO Box 1358, Muscat, Oman
T (+968) 2452 3014