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The Ferrari F430 was the replacement car for the Ferrari 360. Introduced to the public
at the 2004 Paris Motor Show, the F430 bares a direct resemblance
to its predecessor on which it is based. Sales of left-hand
drive F430's destined for Europe began in November, 2004. Right-hand
drive sales began in Spring 2005. While the America had to wait
until the Summer of 2005 to before the F430 hit the shores.
The body of the Ferrari F430 was designed to be more curvaceous
and aerodynamic over the 360, and while the drag coefficient
remains the same, downforce has been greatly improved. A styling
throwback from one of the 'top' Ferrari cars is an etched 'F430'
cut into the drivers side mirror, a feature seen on the legendary
Ferrari F-40. Another design feature is the round,
semi-exposed taillights the F430 shares with the Ferrari Enzo
Powered by an all new 4.3 litre V8 engine making 490 horsepower,
an engine Ferrari shares with Maserati, the Ferrari F430 is
capable of nearly 200 mph, coming just 4 mph short of the magic
number. 60 mph takes just 4 seconds to achieve.
The Ferrari F430 was the first car to feature Ferrari's 'Manettino'
steering wheel mounted control knob. This allows the driver
to select between 5 different settings which modifies the cars
handling and performance by adjusting the suspension, transmission,
throttle response, and differential settings.
Brakes on the F430 come courtesy of Brembo. Brembo worked closely
with Ferrari on the F430 project and the result is a choice;
either cast iron alloy, or carbon-ceramic discs can be installed.
The carbon-ceramic brakes offer much better heat dissipation,
allowing for extreme use and limiting the appearance of brake
Similar and related vehicles:
- Ferrari F430 Challenge
- Ferrari F430 Spyder
- Ferrari 360 Challenge Stradale
- Ferrari 360 GTC
- Ferrari 360 Modena Spyder