The 458 gets all dressed up in a new race suit for Geneva.
The 2011 Geneva Motor Show will see the introduction of a number of new automobiles and aftermarket tuning programs. Novitec Rosso, the Ferrari tuning specialists from Germany, will be showcasing two new models: a 606-horsepower California named the Race 606, and their new 458 Italia tuning program that seeks to steal the spotlight.
The new Ferrari 458 Italia tuning program from Novitec Rosso features a new race-inspired, aerodynamically-optimized racing tuxedo. The bodywork was developed and fine-tuned by the German company at the wind tunnel in the University of Stuttgart to ensure optimum downforce and high-speed stability. The entire kit also utilizes lightweight carbon fiber to ensure weight is kept to a minimum. With the kit, the face of the 458 is more striking; wearing a new carbon fiber front spoiler flanked by two side flics and new fender ventilation ducts. Carbon fiber rocker panels help to reduce drag, while a larger rear spoiler and diffuser keep the Novitec Rosso 458 Italia stable at high speeds. To shed even more weight, Novitec Rosso has given the mid-engined Ferrari a carbon fiber hood and roof panel along with carbon fiber mirrors and headlight surrounds.
Just like a fine suit, the overall appearance of the 458 Italia is not complete without accessories. A staggered set of Novitec Rosso’s NF3 three-piece wheels adorn the supercar, measuring 9J x 21 up front and 12J x 22 at the rear to emphasize the wedge-shaped body. The lightweight wheels are fitted with 255/30 ZR 21 front and 335/25 ZR 22 rear Pirelli PZero tires for improved traction and grip. Finishing the overall appearance are new sport springs that lower the ride height by 35 mm. Additionally, customers can order the Novitec Rosso front end lift system that raises the height by 40 mm to overcome parking ramps and speed bumps.
The Novitec Rosso 458 Italia tuning program isn’t just about a fancy racing suit. A more potent V-8 is hidden behind the cockpit. Engineers developed a new carbon fiber airbox to suck in more air than the stock unit, while a new performance exhaust system helps to optimize the flow of exhaust gasses. The new exhaust system is constructed using INCONEL, the same material that is utilized in Formula 1 racecars for its low weight and heat-resistant properties. Not only does the system save 46 lbs. in weight, but its remote-controlled butterfly valves create a powerful roar. Working in harmony with the retuned ECU, the new modifications add up to 420 lb-ft. of torque at 5,400 RPM and 609 horsepower at 9,100 RPM – 39 hp and 100 RPM higher than stock. This helps the 458 Italia reach a 205 mph (330 km/h) top speed.
The entire package can be finished with a custom-tailored interior. Customers have the choice between fine leather and alcantara in a limitless choice of colors, stitching, and designs. Novitec Rosso also offers carbon fiber racing components such as scuff plates, center console trim, and longer steering wheel shift paddles.
The new Novitec Rosso 458 Italia will be showcased at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. Pricing has not been released for the complete program or individual components.
NOVITEC ROSSO FERRARI 458 ITALIA SPECIFICATIONS
Displacement: 4.5 liters
Number of Cylinders: V-8
Maximum Engine Speed: 9,100 RPM
Maximum Horsepower: 609 at 9,100 RPM
Maximum Torque: 420 lb-ft. at 5,400 RPM
-INCONEL exhaust system with three-90 mm tips and remote butterfly valves
-Two high-performance exhaust manifolds
-Sport catalytic converters
-Carbon fiber airbox
Type: Getrag dual-clutch seven-speed
Top Speed: 205 mph
Wheels, Tires, and Suspension:
Wheels: Three-piece NF3 light alloy
Front Wheels: 9J x 21
Rear Wheels: 12J x 22
Tires: Pirelli PZero
Front Tires: 255/30 ZR 21
Rear Tires: 335/25 ZR 22
Suspension: Sport springs, 35 mm lower ride height
Optional: Novitec Rosso front-end lift system, 40 mm increase in height on request
-Carbon fiber front spoiler
-Carbon fiber side flics
-Carbon fiber hood
-Carbon fiber mirror housings
-Carbon fiber roof panel
-Carbon fiber rear spoiler
-Carbon fiber rear diffuser
-Carbon fiber rocker panels
-Carbon fiber center console
-Carbon fiber scuff plates
-Carbon fiber shift paddles
-Alcantara or leather interior with custom stitching, colors, and design
NOVITEC ROSSO FERRARI 458 ITALIA GALLERY
[Source: Novitec Rosso GmbH & Co.KG]
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