Paris Auto Show 2004 -Ferrari rolled out to the world the next generation of V8 power. Confirming Ferrari's long standing faith in it's ability to create world beater power from the V8 platfrom.
This new car takes Ferrari’s extraordinary achievements with aluminium technology, begun with the 360 Modena, to a whole new level, and offers a series of extremely significant innovations directly derived from the Ferrari Formula 1 single-seaters. So once again the consumer benefits directly from Schumacher-Ferrari Formula 1 legacy.
Two of these innovations are world firsts for production cars: the electronic differential (E-Diff) and the steering wheel-mounted switch (better known to the Formula 1 Scuderia’s drivers as “manettino”), which manages the integrated systems governing vehicle dynamics.
The other main characteristics of the new F430 are its light, compact 4,300 cc 90° V8 engine, which punches out 490 hp to achieve a specific output of 114 hp/litre, also providing the new Ferrari berlinetta with a weight-to-power ratio of 2.8 kg/hp (dry weight); a braking system with carbon-ceramic discs for optimal efficiency under extreme use (optional); a Formula 1-derived gearbox that cuts gear shifting times down to 150 milliseconds allowing the driver to make the very most of this truly high performance car (0-62 mph acceleration in 4 seconds flat, a top speed in excess of 196 mph); and an aerodynamic design that embodies the very latest competition technologies, specifically the flat underbody and large rear diffuser to increase downforce.
The new F430 is also a statement in one-ups-manship response to the many recent high end sports cars all of which have a V8 power plant. Not to mention the anticipated shift in F-1 to a V8 formula. The F430 also underlines Ferrari's management in it's ability to deliver stunning performance from any engine style. Needless were looking forward to a test drive.