More focused F430 to get 510bhp and Scuderia name
19 July 2007

Ferrari's new lighter, more powerful F430 is to be named Scuderia. A reference to the Formula One technology used to achieve the F430 Scuderia's impressive performance, the car is also the beginning of Ferrari’s move towards building lighter, greener cars.The car has shaved 100kg off the standard 430’s 1350kg by using lightweight materials, while power from the 4.3-litre V8 is up by 27bhp to 510bhp. This gives the Scuderia a power to weight ratio of 378bhp per tonne.The name also sets the car apart from the 360 Challenge Stradale. Ferrari claims that the standard F430's dynamics are so far advanced over its predecessor that it could equal the CS’s performance just by adding the optional sports seats and roll-cage.More Formula One influence is evident in the revised gearbox, which has gained some new software called 'Superfast'. This technology makes gearchanges in less than 60 milliseconds – roughly the same amount of time it took Michael Schumacher's 1999 F1 car. Other significant changes include a new traction control system, which combines the electronic differential and stability control into a single system, as well as the lightweight materials used in the car's construction. This latter improvement is something we're likely to see more of.Ferrari recently announced that its future models will be smaller and lighter, in an attempt to maintain the company's current reputation for performance, whilst still improving CO2 emissions.That the new Scuderia achieves its weight loss without any compromise on safety suggests that this is the first model to receive technology designed to achieve this directive. But all this new technology comes at a cost. A standard Ferrari F430 complete with F1-gearbox will set you back £128,275. Expect to pay at least an extra £20k for the sharper lines and performance of the latest race-tuned prancing horse.Michael Schumacher will officially unveil the F430 Scuderia at the Frankfurt show in September this year.

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