On 11th September 2007, Ferrari chose the Frankfurt International Motor Show to launch the 430 Scuderia, the special series model, based on the F430, specifically created and developed for its most enthusiastic and sportiest owners. The fact that the character of the new berlinetta two-seater was really an extreme car, with Formula 1 derived technology was confirmed by the fact that, on the Prancing Horse stand alongside President Montezemolo on that day was Michael Schumacher, who had contributed at various stages of the car’s development, thus further strengthening the link between this model and the Formula 1 single-seaters. Six years less a day later, at the same venue, a new special series model was also launched, the 458 Speciale.
This is what the Maranello press release had to say about the latest creation: “Light, simple and striking with a distinctive engine and exhaust sound: every last detail of the Ferrari 430 exudes uncompromising sportiness as a direct result of its close
links to the world of racing, which is reflected in the car’s name: “Scuderia”. Seven-times World Champion Michael Schumacher was also involved in the car’s development, with the result that the most advanced single-seater technology is now available to Ferrari’s sportiest and most passionate clients. With a dry weight of 2775 lb (1250 kg) and 510 hp delivered at 8500 rpm by its naturally aspirated 4308 cm3 V8 engine, the 430 Scuderia boasts an extraordinarily low weight-power ratio of just 2.45 kg/hp, which allows it to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.6 seconds. It can also complete a lap at Fiorano in a time comparable to that of the Enzo, the Ferrari that has come to epitomise Maranello’s philosophy of transferring
F1 content to its road cars. Thanks to its sophisticated aerodynamics, F1- SuperFast2 gearbox and E-Diff coupled with the sophisticated F1-Trac traction control system, this sporty new mid-rear engined berlinetta combines ultra-nimble handling with blisteringly fast acceleration. The result? Absolutely superlative driving pleasure both on the road and on the track.”