In addition to showcasing its entire current range and its specialist client services, Ferrari is also unveiling a new model at the Melbourne International Motor Show this year.
The Ferrari stand also perfectly brings together the two very different sides of the Prancing Horse’s soul: GT cars and the track. The Melbourne Motor Show is the first important International venue where Ferrari, continuing the upward trend of the last few years, shows the excellent 2007 results where all the main economic indicators were up significantly with the result that Ferrari ended the year with record-breaking results.
A year beautifully topped off by our seventh Constructors’ World title in nine years in Formula 1 and our sixth Drivers’ title in the last eight years of the World Championship.
Ferrari’s revenues (turnover) increased from the 1,447 million euro recorded in 2006 to 1,668 million euro in 2007, a jump of 15,3%, thanks in great part to brilliant sales of the F430 and 599 GTB Fiorano.
The trading profit of 266 million euro represents a massive 45.4% increase on last year’s figure and brings our ROS (Return on Sales) up to 16% compared to 12.6% in 2006. This major increase comes despite the fall in the value of the dollar, a currency in which around 30% of our sales are made. The exceptional results obtained were predominately thanks to increased sales volumes and efficiency measures which were partly offset by increased investment in Research and Development.
Ferrari recorded a positive net financial position of â‚¬299 million, a significant improvement on the 2006 figure of â‚¬213 million (+40.4%).
A total of 6,465 road cars (i.e. non-track use cars) were delivered to end clients, an increase of 14% on 2006.
Positive signals from all of markets too : In fact, Ferrari recorded unprecedented levels of growth in the emerging markets. Sales to the Asia-Pacific region rose by 47,2% on last year’s figure while the Middle East was up by 32.3%. The trend was positive too, however, on more traditional markets such as the United States (+7,7%), Great Britain (+8,2%) and Germany (+5,9%).
A total of Euro299 million was allocated for Investments and Research and Development (not including Formula 1). This is a 29% increase on 2006 and the equivalent of 18% of the company’s revenues. The investments made were in future model development, the building of the new company restaurant and new Jean Nouvel-designed building which will house new production lines. Both facilities will be officially opened within the next few months.
1) A new arrival – The Melbourne International Motor Show has been selected as the venue for the unveiling of a new Ferrari model to Australia. The 430 Scuderia is a special series model based on the F430 and developed specifically with the Prancing Horse’s sportiest and most passionate clients in mind. The new extremely high performance two-seater berlinetta is brimming with Formula 1-derived technology and joins the F430 and F430 Spider to complete Ferrari’s 8-cylinder model range.
2) The entire range All of the other Ferraris currently in production are also on the stand alongside the new 430 Scuderia: the F430 and the F430 Spider, Ferrari’s best-selling models which account for approximately 75% of sales, the 599 GTB Fiorano a year on from its launch, and the 612 Scaglietti, Ferrari’s flagship GT featuring updated cabin trim and accessories, including magnificent Bose infotelematic system.
3) Exciting new services for our clients – With demand for luxury products continuing to boom in existing and emerging markets, it is relatively easy for luxury brands to sell exclusive products which are often very expensive. What really counts at times like this is the exclusive relationship that the brand has established with its loyal clients and enthusiasts. Ferrari has always had a very close and personal relationship with its clients. This relationship has been further enhanced by the wide range of services which have been introduced over recent years, some of which are being showcased at Melbourne 2007: the Ferrari Classiche division which safeguards the future of historic and vintage Ferraris; the Corse Clienti (Client Racing) division which organises track activities and our single-series championships; the Carrozzeria Scaglietti Personalisation Programme, now supported by a sophisticated Car Configurator; Financial Services which offers clients a range of personalised financing options for everything from GTs to F1s, and, of course, a whole plethora of new advantages to the 430 Scuderia clients; the Ferrari Owners’ Clubs plus the Ferrari Owners’ Site with its own array of exclusive services. The aforementioned are just a selection of the many activities and services being offered by the Prancing Horse to its clients.
4) Personalisation. 100% success rate - Launched in 1997, the Carrozzeria Scaglietti Personalisation Programme offers clients the opportunity to tailor their car to meet their specific personal tastes and requirements - to turn their Ferrari into a truly unique and creative piece of engineering. There are four distinct personalisation areas: Racing and Track, Exteriors and Colours, Interiors and Materials, Equipment and Travel. However, in addition to these, clients are also welcome to make specific non-catalogue requests: since Sergio Scaglietti first began working with Ferrari, the Prancing Horse cars have been tailor-made for their owners. Today, in fact, practically 100% of all road-going Ferraris include personalisation features requested by their owners.
Ferrari 430 Scuderia – main specifications and characteristics
Lightweight, simple and striking with a distinctive engine and exhaust sound: every last detail of the Ferrari 430 Scuderia exudes uncompromising sportiiness as a direct result of its close links to the world of racing, which is reflected in the car’s name : “Scuderia”. Seven-times World Champion Michael Schumacher was also involved in the car’s development, with the result that the most advanced single-seater technology is now available to Ferrari’s sportiest and most passionate clients.
With a dry weight of 1250 kKg and 510 hp delivered at 8500 rpm by its naturally aspirated 4308 cc V8 engine, the 430 Scuderia boasts an extraordinarily low weight-power ratio of just 2.45 kKg/hp, which allows it to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.6 seconds. It can also complete a lap at Fiorano in a time comparable to that of the Enzo, the Ferrari that has come to epitomise Maranello’s philosophy of transferring F1 content to its road cars.
Thanks to its sophisticated aerodynamics, F1- SuperFast 2 gearbox and E-Diff coupled with the sophisticated F1-Trac traction control system, this sporty new mid-rear engined berlinetta combines ultra-nimble handling with blisteringly fast acceleration. The result? Absolutely superlative driving pleasure both on the road and on the track.
ENGINE AND ENGINE SOUND
The 430 Scuderia’s engine is an evolution of the F430’s 90° V8 which features a number of modifications to boost its specific power output from 114 hp/litre to 118 hp/litre.
The inlet ducts and exhaust system have been optimised, most notably through the adoption of the exhaust geometries derived from the F430 Challenge and the use of carbon-fibre on the intake manifold and for the filter housing to aid weight reduction.
Thanks to Ferrari’s Formula 1 experience, the 430 Scuderia’s ignition system boasts special coils and, for the first time on a market-targeted car, a dedicated CPU capable of monitoring the ionising currents generated inside the combustion chamber between the spark plug electrodes. This means that every single sparking detonation is detected for every cylinder and sparking is faster and more accurate across the board.
The 430 Scuderia’s compression ratio has also been increased to 11.88:1, thanks in part to a new piston design.
Particular attention was paid to achieving just the right sound from the engine and exhaust as this has always been one of the real trademarks of every Prancing Horse car. Cutting-edge calculation tools were employed to optimise the 430 Scuderia’s intake and exhaust systems and sound damping, with the result that the exhaust and engine sound inside the cabin is clear, powerful and particularly thrilling in full acceleration.
F1- SUPERFAST 2 GEARBOX
The F1- SuperFast 2 is an evolution of the F1 gearbox used on all of Ferrari’s models and reduces gear-shifting times to just 60 ms, the fastest time of any of the models in the Prancing Horse range, the lowest overall of any automated-manual gearbox. Significantly, Ferrari calculates the gear changing time according to the acceleration gap, not just the time it takes to engage the gear. The various stages are implemented in parallel (non-sequentially). In the case of the F1- SuperFast 2, geniuinely innovative integrated engine and gearbox management programmes allow the combined disengaging/engaging of the gears to take place partly in parallel with letting the clutch in and out.
E-DIFF 2: E-DIFF WITH F1-TRAC
The E-Diff2 (which is integrated with the gearbox) is one of the primary components which clearly demonstrate the 430 Scuderia’s links to the track. In use for many years now in Formula 1, it is integrated with the car’s stability control system.
The 430 Scuderia is the first high performance road car after the F430 to sport an electronic differential. Torque is continuously distributed between the wheels via two sets of friction discs (one for each driveshaft) controlled by a hydraulic actuator.
The amount of torque actually transmitted to the driven wheels depends on driving conditions and brings considerable advantages in terms of performance, direction stability, active safety and handling feedback.
The F1-Trac traction control system, which is also derived from Ferrari’s F1 experience, ensures that even more drivers will be able to extract the maximum performance from the car, thanks to the exceptional cornering, safety and stability it offers. Introduced for the first time on a road car with the Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano, it is faster and more precise than a traditional traction control system and optimises traction by modulating power delivery to help maintain the desired vehicle trajectory. The system estimates the maximum available grip thanks to continual monitoring of the relative speed of the wheels. .
The integrated E-Diff and F1-Trac systems offers 40% more acceleration out of corners than a traditional traction and stability control system.
The manettino has already featured in several of Ferrari’s road cars but the 430 Scuderia features the special Racing version which puts the emphasis firmly on track-specific sporty driving and provides the driver with even more choice in terms of the car set-up. With this in mind, the ICE setting available with the F430 has been removed and a new CT-Off (Traction Control Off) setting has been introduced. This deactivates the car’s traction control, but unlike the CST off position, retains the safety of the car’s stability control system to ensure a level of safety is maintained.
Another novelty with the 430 Scuderia is a button on the centre console which allows the suspension to be controlled separately from the predefined manettino strategy. This allows the driver can maintain maximum performance even on irregular road surfaces.
Michael Schumacher made a particularly valuable contribution to this area of the car’s development. In fact. he and the car development team worked together to ensure that the 430 Scuderia delivers both exceptional performance and fantastic driving pleasure which is within reach of non-professional drivers.
The 430 Scuderia boasts a specific braking system featuring CCM (carbon ceramic material) discs with specific dimensions to cope with the car’s increased performance.
The front discs are now 18 mm larger than those on the F430 and are designed to dissipate the extra heat created by the higher performance and are even more hard-wearing for greater efficiency. These components, together with 6-pot calipers, guarantee blistering performance at all times and, equally importantly, consistently efficient braking during prolonged track use.
The 430 Scuderia’s external styling has been honed to improve its aerodynamic efficiency by increasing overall downforce whilst still retaining the same drag values as the F430.
The aerodynamic efficiency of the newly-styled rear diffuser has been enhanced by the addition of a revised profile for spoiler at the rear of the engine cover and by the large venturis that run from the front wheel houses to the rear bumpers, achieving the patented “Base Bleed” effect developed by Ferrari as part of the FXX project. The Base Bleed effect has the double advantage of reducing the pressure in the rear wheel arch, thereby increasing downforce and lowering drag by blowing the car’s “wake”.
Furthermore, the new lower sill profiles ensure a more uniform distribution of air over the lower parts to ensure uniform distribution of the vertical load between the front and the rear of the car.
STYLING AND PERSONALISATION
The 430 Scuderia’s ultra-sporty character and blistering performance have led to the redesign of many of its exterior and interior styling features. This was done to give the F430-inspired model its own strong personality and to further enhance the aerodynamics of what is a very extreme car. The modifications made to the exterior focus on increasing downforce. In-depth research went into reducing the car’s weight and has led to extensive use of carbon-fibre, including some of the bodywork components. [such as? – bodywork components sounds like carbon-fibre body panels or bumpers – we need to explain which parts are made from carbon-fibre if any].
The cabin has been inspired by racing and, once again, the emphasis has been on
weight reduction and using technical materials where possible.
The new “Super Racing” seat boasts an all-carbon-fibre structure and is available in several different sizes as well as being manually adjustable, including a recline adjustment for the seat back.
The Carrozzeria Scaglietti Personalisation programme has also been enhanced to meet the 430 Scuderia’s specific requirements as well. The Racing and Track area, in particular, now offers carbon-fibre kits for the 430 Scuderia to enhance the message that this is a lean, track-focused driver’s car. The headlamp assembly, engine cover, front spoiler, side sill kick panels and diffuser are all available in this high tech material. There is also now a choice of wheel rim colours and a specially designed carbon-fibre helmet is available to order.
Ferrari 430 Scuderia
· Overall length 177.6 in (4512 mm)
· Overall width 75.7 in (1923 mm)
· Height 47.2 in (1199 mm)
· Wheelbase 102.4 in (2600 mm)
· Front track 65.7 in (1669 mm)
· Rear track 63.6 in (1616 mm)
· Dry Weight* 2775 lb (1250 kg)
· Kerb Weight * 2975 lb (1350 kg)
· Weight Distribution 43% Front, 57% Rear
· Boot capacity 8.83 cu ft (250 l)
· Fuel tank capacity 25.1 US gal (20.9 UK gal) (95 l)
· Carbon-ceramic brakes front 15.6 x 1.4 in (398 X 36 mm) rear 13.7 x 1.3 in (350 X 34 mm)
· Tyres front 235/35 19’’ rear 285/35 19’’
· Type 90° V8 aspirated;
· Bore and Stroke 3.26 x 3.19 in (92 X 81 mm)
· Total displacement 263 cu in (4.308 cm3)
· Compression ratio 11.88:1
· Total displacement 263 cu in
· Bore and Stroke 3.26 x 3.19 in
· Maximum power** 375.4 kW** (510 CV) at 8500 rpm
· Specific output 118.4 CV/litre
· Maximum torque 470 Nm (346.67 lbft) at 5250 rpm
· Maximum revs per minute 8640 rpm (with limiter)
· Compression ratio 11.88:1
· Specific power output 118.4 CV/litre
· Acceleration 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in less than 3.6 s
0-124 mph (0-200 km/h) in less than 11.6 s s
0 - 1000 m in 20.9 s
· Maximum Speed 198 mph (320 km/h)
· Dry weight/Power 5.4 lb/CV (2,45 kg/CV)
· CST Stability and Traction Control with new traction control logic F1-Trac integrated with the electronic differential (E-Diff)
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