Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Ferrari 458 Italia by Novitec Rosso

It was just last week Novitec Rosso showed us their Race 606 tuning package for the Ferrari California. Now in preparation for the Geneva Motor Show next week the German tuner of the prancing horse has revealed early their program for latest model from Maranello, the Ferrari 458 Italia.

Novitec Rosso has kept engine modifications basic for the brand new model. They've added a new carbon-fiber airbox, a high-performance exhaust system made from nickel-chromium-based superalloy Inconel, which weighs 21 kg (46 lbs) less, as well as sport exhaust manifolds, sport catalysts and a rear muffler with a sound control flap that can be activated by a button on the steering wheel. Lastly, a remapped engine management system for optimized ignition and injection was added resulting in an additional 39 PS (28.7 kW / 39 bhp) from the 4.5-liter V8 for a total of 609 PS (448 kW / 600 bhp) at 9,100 rpm. Simultaneously peak torque has grown from 540 Nm (398 lb-ft) to 569 Nm (420 lb-ft) at 5,400 rpm.

For a top speed in excess of 330 km/h (205 mph) Novitec Rosso fine-tuned the body components using the wind tunnel at the University of Stuttgart. Made of carbon fiber the aerodynamic-enhanced kit consists of a lower spoiler, right/left wing flaps and ventilation louvers attached to the original bumper fascia. Also in carbon fiber are the fenders, side skirts, carbon-fiber mirror housings, rear spoiler and diffuser. And last but not least the roof panel and engine hood are also made from carbon fiber.

Custom-tailored versions of the three-piece Novitec Rosso NF3 wheels were developed for the 458 Italia. Novitec Rosso chose a staggered combination of size 9Jx21 wheels in front and size 12Jx22 on the rear. Custom-manufactured Pirelli PZero tires are mounted in size 255/30 ZR 21 and 335/25 ZR 22 front to rear, respectively.

NOVITEC ROSSO sport springs lower the ride height of the Ferrari by 35 millimeters while the hydraulic front lift system can raise the front lip of the car by 40 millimeters to help clear speed bumps or parking garage ramps.


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