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Wednesday, March 22, 2006 

Ferrari F430 - The Latest Super Car World Challenger From Italy

Author: Kevin Dark
It probably comes as no surprise that in the 1930s Enzo Ferrari
was a very successful works team manager for the Alfa Romeo.
However it wasn't until 1947 that Ferrari produced a car under
his own name and so began one of the most successful and famous
marques ever conceived.

People able to afford and enjoy a Ferrari F430 are privy to a
unique motoring experience because very likely they, better than
most, will understand why Ferrari is so different to any of the
other sports luxury cars available. Ferrari genuinely offer
uniquely designed sensational looking sports, luxury road cars
at equally sensational prices. However the high price in this
instance is deserved because Ferrari provides its models with
the latest engineering technology inspired from successful
Formula One experience.

The Ferrari F430 has arguably the most breathtaking appearance
of any Ferrari currently in production. The sleek aero-dynamic
design cannot help but attract attention, and whether it comes
in red livery or another colour, everyone immediately recognises
it as a Ferrari. The Ferrari F430 Spider will likewise set
hearts racing as it offers open air motoring from inside a
practical, but sophisticated luxury cockpit.

A long experience devoted to the development of super-fast
luxury cars is a niche market that Ferrari has managed to
develop with only a few serious rivals. At £118,500 for a new
Ferrari F430 Coupe the F430 could never be considered cheap, but
to understand the cost you need to appreciate what it is that
you're actually buying.

The Ferrari F430 is an accomplishment of a company whose history
spans a large proportion of the twentieth century developing
Formula One and Super Fast Road Cars. The road cars have also
been luxuriously appointed in order that Ferrari attracts the
kind of clients able to afford as well as enjoy their products,
and thereby generate the finance for developments to a range of
models probably unequalled anywhere on the planet. Luxury cars
such as Ferrari are worth every penny because they genuinely
support a sphere of development that other manufacturers cannot
hope to focus on. Currently the Ferrari F430 is the ultimate
road machine offered by this Italian marque.

The Engine

There was a time when Ferrari was associated with V12 engines
only, but time has moved on and in respect to the Ferrari F430 a
4.3 litre V8 is present. With around 490 horsepower produced at
8,500 rpm it is easy to understand how this super-fast machine
is capable of almost 200 mph and soars between 0-60 in just 4.0
seconds. The fact that the Ferrari F430 is able to handle this
kind of power without drama identifies what some of the high
initial cost is spent on.

The Drive

Climb out of your hot hatch and in behind the wheel of the
Ferrari F430. OK, so the first thing you probably notice is that
you're sitting a little lower than usual, or you just might be
too excited by the Ferrari logo on the centre of the wheel hub
to think of anything other than the fact that you're sitting in
one of the fastest road cars on planet earth! Fire up the engine
and the howl from 490 horsepower is enough to bring home the
fact that your sitting in something that makes sounds faster
than your hot hatch can move. You will also have noticed that
everyone within a square mile knows that you exist. The sound of
the V-8 4.3 litre engine can be intimidating first time you hear
it because if ever any engine could be compared to a raging
bull, this is it. A six speed manual transmission supplied
either through a Formula One paddle or the standard Ferrari
open-gate. The F1 paddle is for drivers who don't want to waste
precious seconds changing gears, while the standard open-gate is
for those with time on their hands. However, a very special
feature of the F430 is its electronic differential which allows
a driver to push this Ferrari harder than most through bends.
Knowing all this is good, but experiencing it is, sensational.

With a straight road ahead push the throttle to the floor and
amaze yourself at how quickly the straight road ahead suddenly
becomes a bend. Straight-line performance is awesome, pushing
you firmly back in the seat so that the thrill of acceleration
is almost lost as you attempt to focus well ahead of where you
are pointed. Just as you begin to ease off and do a little
recovery from the G Force pounding of a straight line power
burst, a curve demands that you think about turning the wheel in
your hands. Amazingly all you need do is think and follow the
line of the bend because the F430, with all its clever Formula
One development, helps you round, and as it does so you realise
that you're having to get accustomed to another set of G Forces
which few people ever experience. The temptation to drive fast
is a constant companion, but so is the fact that you're driving
one of the safest super-fast cars ever built. The Ferrari F430
is an involving experience, built to provide drivers who enjoy
motoring an opportunity to escape the limitations imposed by
lesser machines. The only experience to top a drive in the
Ferrari F430 would be a drive in a Ferrari F430 Spyder with the
top down.

About the author:
Kevin Dark likes sporty cars. More about Ferrari can be found in
his blog - Ferrari