The Pininfarina-designed Ferrari F430 was unveiled at the 2004 Paris Motor Show, and its external appearance was quite different from its predecessor, the 360 – in particular, its more aerodynamic shape was honed to generate air flows to increase downforce and improve cooling. The Enzo Ferrari was the inspiration for much of the rear styling, while the large air intakes in the nose were reminiscent of the 156 F1 that Phil Hill drove to the 1961 World Championship title.
The F430 was powered by a completely new 4.3 litre V8 engine. Other new features on the car included an innovative computer-controlled electronic differential (or ‘E-Diff’), designed to make the most of the engine’s torque to optimise traction, and a steering wheel-mounted control knob (known as a ‘manettino’), directly controlling the vehicle dynamics.
The Michael Schumacher-tested F430 Scuderia (‘stable’ in Italian) was launched in 2007, and served as a successor to the Challenge Stradale. Exuding uncompromising sportiness, external modifications included larger front vents with wide-meshed metallic grilles, as well as lower-profiled bumpers and chin spoiler to enhance the car’s front-end downforce.
As well as being 100 kg lighter than the standard F430, it had increased power, while superb quick-response braking was guaranteed by callipers and carbon-ceramic discs. The manettino became a ‘racing’ manettino, with slightly altered settings allowing the traction control to be deactivated to allow wheelspin, while the stability control remained engaged.
Its semi-automatic transmission featured improved ‘Superfast’ software (known as ‘Superfast2’), allowing the gears to be disengaged and engaged at the same time as the clutch was opened and closed – the result was that the Scuderia and 16M benefitted from a reduced gear-change time of as low as 60 milliseconds.
To commemorate Ferrari’s 16th victory in the Formula 1 Constructor’s World Championship in 2008, Ferrari unveiled the Scuderia Spider 16M at World Finals in Mugello.
Although the 16M is derived from its fixed-head predecessor, Ferrari has taken the Scuderia concept even further. Despite the additional body strengthening, the 16M is 80kg lighter, tipping the scales at an admirable (for a car of this size and sophistication) 1340kg. Much of this has been achieved by a major overhaul of the double wishbone suspension as well as new dampers and a new steering box. It even gets titanium springs and wheel bolts, a measure of the 16M’s extreme engineering brief. Further weight was shaved back by using new materials for the bumpers, diffuser and aerodynamic undertray.
It’s powered by the same 503bhp version of Ferrari’s 4.3-litre V8 found in the fixed-head, but has undergone an extra tweak in the form of redesigned pistons which also allow for a higher compression ratio. 80 per cent of the engine’s torque (which peaks at 473lb ft at 5250rpm) is now on tap from 3000rpm. The engine drives the F1-SuperFast2 six-speed transmission, which can execute shifts in a claimed 60 milliseconds via the steering wheel paddles, an effective auto setting for the transmission works well in combination with occasional manual selection.
499 vehicles were released beginning early 2009 and all were pre-sold to select clients.
Italian Racing stripe, Carbon exterior pack, Extended Alcantara to dash / footwells w/ black stitching, Technical Fabric seats w/ black stitching, Red Brake Calipers, Ipod music interface, JBL speakers.
The spider variant of the Scuderia manages to demonstrate it’s dramatic and athletic design to full effect in Rosso Corsa; the definitive Ferrari colour way. In offsetting the paintwork there are a number of considered styling additions with a liberal use of carbon fibre to both rear diffuser and the rear grille surround sporting a prominent 16 World Championships badge. The carbon offset continues with the roll hoops, which do well not to interrupt the roof line, mirrors and even the inside of the headlights treated to the weave.
The condition is absolutely first class, as one would expect with such low mileage, with factory arch film still in place. Additional PPF treatment has also been liberally applied to bumper, bonnet and mirrors.
The glass rear engine cover is scratch and craze free, an open window into the 503hp masterpiece.
The exotica continues aboard this beautifully appointed cabin with swathes of carbon fibre and alcantara. The tech fabric seats offer a perfect balance of comfort and support whilst the black stitching helps to define and shape the dash, seats and footwells. The manettino is again the focus of the driver with settings to transform the bite and feel of 500hp transmitted to the road. Pleasingly the carbon fibre door cards and entry sills retain a deep lacquer free of scratching or marks whilst the switch gear remains tidy and clear.
An expensive and unusual option reveals an iphone in dash for all connectivity needs while the roof mechanism is quick, easy and smooth.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
Powered by the same 503bhp version of the 4.3-litre V8 found in the Scuderia, there has been an extra tweak in the form of redesigned pistons with 80 per cent of the engine’s torque now available from just 3000rpm.
Beautifully presented in a nest of carbon fibre, the sound of this V8 is entirely unique once the resonators in the intake manifold are switched – totally intense and a very special experience with the top down.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
The ceramic brakes are just incredible on this 16M, immediate bite and total confidence stop after stop.
The car wears matching Pirelli’s all round and the matte alloys are in perfect cosmetic condition.
Supplied on the 29th May of 2009 to Cars Barcelona this 16m has enjoyed ongoing support from the main dealer network on 3 occasions up to 2015 before import to the UK.
On arrival The Ferrari Centre were the latest to service the car in April of 2017 at 11,750 kms.
The book pack is complete alongside an unopened tool kit.
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