From Rory Lumsdon in Frankfurt
Amid a scrum of photographers and journalists, Ferrari today (11 September) revealed the fastest, most hardcore version of its mid-engined F430 at Frankfurt.It wasn't just the new 430 Scuderia that caused all the excitement – racing legend Michael Schumacher was on hand personally to reveal the car that he's had a hand in developing.
Since retiring from F1, Schumacher's been helping Ferrari to tweak its sports cars, a job he apparently relishes.
Among other things in the 430 Scuderia, Schumacher has helped to tweak the Manettino, which is a special racing version. Unlike that in the standard F430, this has no 'Ice' setting, and features a special 'CT' mode that switches off the traction control, but not the stability control. Sounds like a recipe for fun to us.
What's more, the Manettino no longer controls the suspension at the same time – that's operated by a separate button on the centre console, meaning you don't have to have rock-hard suspension when you have lightning-quick gearchanges.
Those gearchanges are now quicker than ever in race mode, too, thanks to a new version of the six-speed F1-superfast gearbox that can swap cogs in 60 milliseconds. In a 599 GTB, it takes 100 milliseconds