Design chief said aerodynamic needs dictated shape
28 August 2009

The Ferrari 458 Italia's exterior design was dictated by the demands of aerodynamics, according to styling chief and Pininfarina president Paolo Pininfarina.

The 458 Italia's body helps to create 365kg of downforce and, talking in a promotional video for the car, Pininfarina says: "All the design choices are driven by aerodynamics, but the final result is very light and essential."

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He highlights the car's front spoiler and rear design as examples of this, saying: "The mouth has one central pillar that is sustaining two fins that change formation in high speed to improve aerodynamic performance.

"The side fin is conveying air to the rear radiators for optimisation of the aerodynamics, while the main feature of the upper part of the rear end is the exit for air from the engine."

The Ferrari 458 Italia will be unveiled at the Frankfurt motor show next month.

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28 August 2009

It's by far the best looking Ferrari of recent years...

28 August 2009

Cant wait to see it in the flesh and see a road test soon

28 August 2009

Functional beauty - Forza Ferrari !!

Cars that have the prancing horse badge have all been works of art.

28 August 2009

So , does this mean that all supercars from now on will look roughly the same in size ,weight etc.If the Noble M600 stats are to be believed its going to be quicker than the Veyron,the Noble has half the power, is not that much lighter, so what are we to believe?, it wouldn't be asilly statement to say that these cars are getting, well, boring!

Peter Cavellini.

28 August 2009

[quote Peter Cavellini]

So , does this mean that all supercars from now on will look roughly the same in size ,weight etc.If the Noble M600 stats are to be believed its going to be quicker than the Veyron,the Noble has half the power, is not that much lighter, so what are we to believe?, it wouldn't be asilly statement to say that these cars are getting, well, boring!

[/quote] You really don't like 'supercars', do you?

28 August 2009

It looks good from a distance but up close it is a fiddly mess. Not the most beautiful Ferrari by a long shot... I would love Ferrari to build a new Dino, something a bit bigger than an Elise, V6 obviously, possibly turbo, but mostly very lightweight and just purely focused on being a drivers car. Manual gearbox only, no fancy gizmo's just light, fast and stylish...

28 August 2009

I like them when their different like a Gumpert or Gallardo, Koenigsigg or a Veyron, Ferrari's all look simular because Ferrari are stuck with their ethos because their customers are stuck in a time warp believing their driving the best(their not)looking "supercar" on the planet.It depends what you call a "supercar",my idea of a "supercar" i hear you ask, well since you asked,its got to be everyday usage,medium compact in size, reliable and not cost a morgage to own and run, all of these things all "supercars" aren't, that why i think today's "super- choice" are saloons with say minimum a 3-litre, non turbo/supercharged engine with about 350-400BHP and 320lb/ft torque, two or four door doesn't matter,their cheaper to run comparitively, don't attract to much attention, not scary to drive (on main roads or park at Tesco's), Now you can conjecture to your hearts content on what kind of cars fill this criteria, good luck!(B 3)??

Peter Cavellini.

28 August 2009

[quote Peter Cavellini]I like them when their different like a Gumpert or Gallardo, Koenigsigg or a Veyron, [/quote]

Life would be really miserable if we all liked the same things.

28 August 2009

Peter, you seem to have completely missed the point of the 'supercar'.

28 August 2009

this is copy from a galardo front, carrera gt airvent, flat bottom steering wheel and led audi/vw the first german ferrari copy paste it is easy

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