THIS week for my blog, I will be featuring this absolutely stunning 2009 Ferrari 430 Scuderia, one of my all time favourite Ferraris.
First launched back at the 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show, the 430 Scuderia was designed as a completely stripped-out race version of the F430 model, or in other words it is the successor to the equally insane Ferrari 360 Challenge Stradale.
Along with being 100 kilograms lighter than a standard F430, Ferrari also added a revised intake, new exhaust and an ion-sensing knock-detection system that allows for a higher compression rate to the engine to bump up the power by 15kW (20hp).
The Ferrari 430 Scuderia also features a revised six-speed semi-automatic transmission, dubbed the "Superfast2″, which can produce shift times of less than 60 milliseconds.
The kerb weight also sits at just 1349 kilograms.
All of this works together to allow the Scuderia to launch from 0-100 kilometres per hour in just 3.6 seconds, and it will keep accelerating until it reaches its top speed of 319 kilometres per hour (198 miles per hour).
This means that the 0-100 kilometre per hour launch time is 0.4 seconds faster than the standard F430, and it will top out three kilometres per hour (two miles per hour) faster.
To put this into perspective, the 430 Scuderia is able to do a lap of Ferrari's famous racing circuit, Fiorano, in just 1 minute and 25 seconds. This means it can go around in the same time as the 430's replacement, the 458 Italia, and also the same as a Ferrari Enzo. It is also two seconds faster than a standard F430 around the track.
Some other features that this particular Ferrari 430 Scuderia is equipped with includes 19-inch, five-spoke alloy wheels wrapped in performance tyres, double-wishbone front and rear suspension, a front and rear stabiliser bar, four-wheel ABS as well as traction and stability control, xenon headlights, electronic brake force distribution, an alcantara/carbon fibre interior, carbon fibre racing seats wrapped in alcantara and cloth, full carbon doors and much more.
You can currently buy a 2009 Ferrari 430 Scuderia for around $350,000-$400,000 AUD plus on-road costs.
Jesse See is a teenage car enthusiast. His blogs and website can be found at www.jessesee.com
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