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 430 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 benefitted from a reduced gear-change time of as low as 60 milliseconds.
Left hand drive, Grey racing stripes, Black/Red tech fabric seats, Carbon package. Alcantara extended leather with red stitching, LED gearshift lights, Alcantara lower steering wheel, Alcantara and carbon fibre dash, Factory Radio / Nav, Factory Harnesses, Factory fire extinguisher, Spare wheel option and padded front storage compartment, Tire pressure sensors.
This example of Ferrari’s spectacular 430 Scuderia is in immaculate condition and presents as new in a deep glossy shade of Rosso Corsa, with grey racing stripes applied as a factory option under the clear coat. Grey is also used to give character to the grille, headlight units and wheel trims, and the overall effect is one of balanced colouring befitting the vehicle’s racing pedigree. Many of the car’s parts are made from carbon fibre to reduce weight, including the door mirrors. The unique rear bumper houses the high exhaust pipes, modelled on the version used in the Ferrari Challenge races with the successful F430 Challenge race car.
The simple but sophisticated interior is also in superb condition, featuring liberal use of weight-saving Alcantara technical cloth on the carbon fibre dashboard. Interior door panels are also of carbon fibre, as are the racing seats, designed for extra support in extreme driving conditions enhanced further by factory harnesses.
Anti-slip aluminium footwells include unlined metallic sections to expose the bodywork. The steering wheel, with Alcantara lower section, features the engine start button as well as the ‘Racing manettino’ control, offering greater opportunities for electronic control parameter settings. The generous spec of this Scuderia continues with a Factory Radio and Nav installation, factory roll cage and an extended alcantara interior.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
The F430 Scuderia’s 4.3 litre V8 engine emits a highly distinctive sound which can be heard clearly inside the car with the engine intake manifold, separators and air filter boxes all made from weight-saving carbon fibre. Transmission is the astonishingly fast F1-style ‘Superfast2’ system, controlled by paddles on either side of the steering column. The car has been serviced solely by the Ferrari main dealer in Italy.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
The unmarked 19-inch alloy wheels are wrapped in sporty Pirelli P Zero Corsas with excellent tread depth. The braking system itself has larger carbon-ceramic discs specifically designed to reflect the car’s increased performance compared to the standard F430, and a brake pedal feel optimised for all driving conditions.
This left hand drive car was first registered in Italy and has had three owners since new; 1 in Italy and 2 in the UK. It is an incredibly high spec car with nearly all options ticked when purchased new. The car has only ever been serviced by main agents Rossocorsa or Malucelli S.R.L. with two stamps in the book supported by 5 supplementary invoices of periodic maintenance. A VIP, Vehicle Identification Passport, is present with appropriate certification and photographs of the car’s journey through the production line, whilst the original owners pack, service history books and keys are present. UK registered and ready to go.
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