General data  
Year/s of production 2004 –            
Presentation Ferrari Racing Days, Nürburgring 2004 – Customer Presentation
Paris Motor Show 2004
VIN span
Number produced
Design Pininfarina
Manufactured by Ferrari S.p.A.
Technical specifications  
Chassis F 131 – Aluminium-Spaceframe
Length 4512 mm
Width 1923 mm
Height 1214 mm
Wheelbase 2600 mm
Front suspension Independent wheel suspension, double unequal-lenght wishbones, coil springs, anti-roll bar, adaptive suspension with Sachs Skyhook-shock absorber and antidive and antisquat
Rear suspension Independent wheel suspension, double unequal-lenght wishbones, coil springs, anti-roll bar, adaptive suspension with Sachs Skyhook-shock absorber and antidive and antisquat
Front track 1669 mm
Rear track 1616 mm
Front tyres 7,5 x 19 in., alloy rims, 5-star design
Tyres: 225/35 ZR 19 in.
Rear tyres 10 x 19 in., alloy rims, 5-star design
Tyres: 285/35 ZR 19 in.
Front brakes Brembo cross-drilled cat iron discs – 330 x 32 mm, 4-pod callipers, Bosch ABS and EBD (electronic brake distribution)
Rear brakes Brembo cross-drilled cat iron discs – 330 x 32 mm, 4-pod callipers, ASR and EBD (electronic brake distribution)
Weight Approx. 1350 kg
Body material Aluminium
Body type Berlinetta – two seats
Type F 131B – mid-engine – longitudinal installed
Number of cylinders V8 – 90°
Displacement 4308 ccm
Bore and stroke 92 x 81 mm
Camshaft 2 overhead per cylinder bank with contiuos variable timing on both inlet and exhaust cams
Valves 4 per cylinder with variable valve timing
Compression ratio 11,3:1
Ignition 2 electronic Bosch Motronic ME7 control units
Lubrication Dry sump lubrication, approx. 10 litres oil
Maximum power 490 hp – 8.500 rpm
Maximum torque 465 Nm – 5.250 rpm
fuel management 2 electronic Bosch Motronic ME7 control units
Clutch Twin-plate clutch – 215 mm
Weight distribution f/r      43% front, 57% rear
Gearbox 6 speed + rev. manual gearbox or F1 paddle shift gearbox with gear change within 150 milliseconds
Electronic Differential (E-Diff), Control for Stability and Traction (CST)
Fuel Comsuption 18,3 l/100 km
CO2 Emissino/Combined cycle 420 g/km
Top speed Over 315 km/h
0-100 km/h 4,0 sec.
Manual gearbox 0-400 m 12,00 sec.
Manual gearbox 0-1000 m 21,65 sec.
F1 gearbox 0-400 m 11,95 sec.
F1 gearbox 0-400 m 21,60 sec.


Ferrari F 430
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Maranello, 24 August 2004 – The F430 signals the arrival of a brand new generation of Ferrari 8-cylinder models. This new car takes Ferrari’s extraordinary achievements with aluminium technology, begun with the 360 Modena, to a whole new level, and offers a series of extremely significant innovations directly derived from the Ferrari Formula 1 single-seaters.

Two of these innovations are world firsts for production cars: the electronic differential (E-Diff) and the steering wheel-mounted switch (better known to the Formula 1 Scuderia’s drivers as ‘manettino’), which manages the integrated systems governing vehicle dynamics.

The other main characteristics of the new F430 are its light, compact 4,300 cc 90° V8 engine, which punches out 490 hp to achieve a specific output of 114 hp/litre, also providing the new Ferrari berlinetta with a weight-to-power ratio of 2.8 kg/hp (dry weight); a braking system with carbon-ceramic discs for optimal efficiency under extreme use (optional); a Formula 1-derived gearbox that cuts gear shifting times down to 150 milliseconds allowing the driver to make the very most of this truly high performance car (0-62 mph acceleration in 4 seconds flat, a top speed in excess of 196 mph); and an aerodynamic design that embodies the very latest competition technologies, specifically the flat underbody and large rear diffuser to increase downforce.

The car will be officially presented during the Paris Motor show in September 2004.


Overall length: 4512 mm 177.6 in
Overall width: 1923 mm 75.7 in
Height: 1214 mm 47.8 in
Wheelbase: 2600 mm 102.4 in
Front track: 1669 mm 65.7 in
Rear track: 1616 mm 63.6 in
Weight: 1450 kg 3197 lb

Type: 90° V8
Bore/stroke: 92 mm x 81 mm 3.50 x 3.03 in
Unit displacement: 538.5 cm3 32.86 cu in
Total displacement: 4,308 cm3 262.89 cu in
Compression ratio: 11.3:1
Maximum power: 360.4 kW (490 CV*) at 8500 rpm
Maximum torque: 465 Nm (47.4 kgm or 343 lbft) at 5250 rpm
Specific horse power: 114 CV*/l

Maximum speed: >315 km/h > 196 mph
0-100 km/h (0-62 mph): 4.0 s

* For reasons of homogeneity, engine power is expressed in kW, in accordance with the International Systems of Units (SI), and CV (cavalli = horse power). The brake horse power (bhp) can be calculated as follows: 1kW = 1.34 bhp. 

Ferrari unveils the new F430 to the public at the Paris Motor Show
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Paris, 23rd September 2004 ‘ Ferrari’s presence at the Mondial de l’Automobile 2004 comes at an important moment for the company in what has been an extraordinary year in terms of sporting achievements.

The thrilling news that Ferrari has won the Constructors’ World title for the sixth consecutive year and the Drivers’ World title for the fifth consecutive year, courtesy of Michael Schumacher, is still ringing in our ears. Ferrari has achieved these results thanks to its enormous, ongoing commitment to R&D, allowing continuous technological transfer from Formula 1 to road cars.

The most recent example of this transfer is the F430, unveiled for the very first time to the public here in Paris. The new F430 hails the arrival of a whole new generation of Ferrari 8-cylinder berlinettas and takes the aluminium technologies first used in the 360 Modena to a new level. It also offers a series of spectacular innovations directly derived from Ferrari’s Formula 1 single-seaters. Two of these innovations are world firsts for productions cars: the electronic differential (E-Diff) initially developed by Ferrari for its F1 single-seaters and designed to make the most of the engine’s torque to optimise traction, and the handily placed steering wheel-mounted commutator switch (better known to the Scuderia drivers as ‘manettino’) which directly controls the integrated systems governing vehicle dynamics.

The F430 is powered by a completely new 4308 cc engine. The new V8 delivers a massive 490 hp and a specific power of 114 hp/l. Its performance is absolutely excellent too: 0 to 100 km/h (0 to 62 mph) acceleration in four seconds flat and a top speed in excess of 315 km/h (196 mph).

The F430 is the second new Ferrari to be launched in 2004 after the 612 Scaglietti, a hugely successful all-aluminium 2+2 12-cylinder.

This year has been very intense for Ferrari as a company, starting with the new management set-up. While Luca di Montezemolo retains his title of President of the Group and CEO of Ferrari, Jean Todt has been appointed General Manager of Ferrari and Amedeo Felisa Vice-General Manager. Although retaining their previous responsibilities, the managers also bring the skills and experience honed through success both on the track and in the road car production, to their new roles.

Within the context of this reorganisation, the new Brand Development & Partners division was created in June, headed by Antonello Perricone. This new division manages sponsors, develops licensing and merchandising, and broadens commercial activities focusing on the Ferrari Brand and its heritage.

The offices and production facilities renovation project at Maranello, known as Formula Uomo, also continued. As its name suggests, Formula Uomo emphasises workers’ well-being and the quality of their working environment in the redevelopment process. This year saw the opening of the new Product Development Centre designed by Massimiliano Fuksas, and the new Paint Technologies Area designed by Marco Visconti. These facilities follow the opening in 2002 of the new Mechanical Machining Area (also designed by Marco Visconti) and the new GES Logistics Area (the work of Luigi Sturchio). The next part of the project to be completed will be the new Company Restaurant.

A reorganisation of the Ferrari Maserati Group’s direct commercial presence on its largest markets is also taking place. With the recent opening of the Ferrari West Europe regional branch in Paris to manage the French, Benelux and Iberian Peninsula markets, and the United Kingdom subsidiary, which join the well-established North America, Germany and Switzerland branches, the Ferrari Maserati Group now directly controls the markets which account for 80% of its clients. A showroom in Russia was also opened and presence in China was consolidated through a joint venture. Needless to say, both of the latter countries boast enormous commercial potential. 

Ferrari at the Bologna Motorshow
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Bologna, 2nd December 2004 – Ferrari is giving the new Prancing Horse 8-cylinder berlinetta, the F430, its Italian premiére at the Bologna Motor Show. The latest arrival from Maranello is the fruit of Ferrari’s ongoing, in-depth research and development and, particularly, the transfer of technology from Formula 1 to its road-going cars.
The F430, in fact, boasts a series of innovations derived directly from Formula 1. Two of these are world firsts for a production car: the E-Diff electronic differential which makes the most of the engine’s torque to optimise traction, and the steering wheel-mounted commutator switch or ‘manettino’ which integrates the car’s dynamic systems allowing the driver to intervene instantly without having to take his hands off the wheel. The F430 also boasts a completely new 4,308 cc V8 that punches out 490 hp, the equivalent of 114 hp/l. Its performance is absolutely breathtaking, with 0 to 100 km/h acceleration in four seconds flat and a maximum speed of over 315 km/h.
The Ferrari stand also features the new 575M Maranello Handling GTC and the 612 Scaglietti. The competition cars on show include the 360 GTC, which won the Italian GT Championship courtesy of the Loris Kessel team, the 575 GTC and the F2004, the 2004 World Drivers’ and Constructors’ title-winning F1 car.

One surprise addition to the Prancing Horse Stand is the Fiat Panda 4×4 with the special F1 World Champion livery of Rosso Scuderia red, tricolour stripe and a logo celebrating the years in which Ferrari’s single-seaters have triumphed in the F1 Championships (1999-2004). The two highly successful cars (the Panda was voted Car of the Year and the F1 is the current World Championship-winning single-seater) stand side by side and represent the two opposite ends of the Fiat Group’s products: the city car and the F1 racer. They also symbolise how the Made in Italy phenomenon is such a winning part of the car market worldwide too.

2004 was a very busy year for the Ferrari Maserati Group, both from the point of view of the company’s organisation and new product launches. A whole new management set-up was introduced which saw Luca di Montezemolo remain as Group President, Jean Todt appointed as General Manager of Ferrari, Amedeo Felisa as Vice General Manager, and Martin Leach as CEO of Maserati Spa. 2004 also brought the launch of two new road-going GTs, the 612 Scaglietti and the F430, both of which provide testimony of the company’s ongoing commitment to pursuit of technological excellence.

The arrival of the Ferrari Superamerica was also announced for the coming year. This limited edition new V12 convertible berlinetta will receive its world premiére at the upcoming Los Angeles and Detroit Motor Shows in January 2005.

2004 also hailed the reorganisation of the Ferrari Maserati Group’s commercial network throughout the world in line with its policy of direct presence on its largest markets. With the addition of Ferrari West Europe in Paris (which directly manages France, the Benelux countries and the Iberian Peninsula), and Ferrari UK to the existing company subsidiaries in North America, Germany and Switzerland, Ferrari Maserati now directly controls the countries in which 80% of its clients are to be found. The Group also opened a showroom in Russia and consolidated its presence in China via a new joint venture. Both of the latter countries boast enormous sales potential. 

International awards for the Ferrari Maserati Group cars
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Maranello, 17th December 2004. 2004 was a remarkable thoroughly satisfying year for the Ferrari Maserati Group not only in terms of sales but also thanks to the fact that its cars were chosen for a plethora of awards by the leading international car magazines.

Ferrari F430

In the two short months since its unveiling at the Paris Auto Show, the latest arrival from the Prancing Horse has won the following awards:

· American magazine Autoweek chose the F430 as ‘Best Car in Show’ at last September’s Paris Show. This is a particualrly important achievement given the signifcance of the American market for the F430 and for Ferrari in general, and also because of the large number of new models unveiled at Paris.
· British magazine Top Gear chose the F430 as ‘Supercar of the Year’ in December.
· The German Auto Zeitung named it the ‘Best Imported Sports Car’ in the Auto Trophy awards.
· The F430 was voted ”Coche Espactacular” (Exceptional Car) by Spanish magazine Car&Driver.


Ferrari and Maserati win Auto Motor und Sport Readers’ Poll
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Maranello, 3rd February 2005 – At the annual readers’ poll ‘Best Cars’ held by the renowned automotive journal Auto Motor und Sport, even two models of the Ferrari and Maserati brand gained the first place.

The new Ferrari F430 was voted the Best Imported Sports car at first try. World premiere of the new car was celebrated at Paris Motor Show last year. It signals the arrival of a brand new generation of Ferrari 8-cylinder models.

The Maserati Quattroporte ‘ a vehicle with the soul of a representative luxury sedan and a dynamic Gran Tourismo model at the same time ‘ repeated its victory in the Luxury Imported Sedan category. At 32,3 % of readers polled, the car moved sovereignly to the top in front of its competitors Bentley Continental (18,1%) and Rolls Royce Phantom (11,1%) to claim the coveted trophy.

The Auto Motor und Sport poll was held for the 29th time this year with more 108,000 readers taking part. The awards were received at the award ceremony held in Stuttgart yesterday by Amedeo Felisa, Deputy Managing Director Ferrari S.p.A. and Martin Leach, Chief Executive Officer, Maserati S.p.A. 

Ferrari F430 and 360 Spider awarded by readers of Quattroruote
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Maranello, 7th February 2005- The Ferrari F430 and 360 Spider were judged, in their respective categories, the prestigious prize of ‘Novità dell’anno’ (Newcomer of the Year). The award is traditionally assigned by readers of the monthly magazine, Quattroroute, to the most representative car of the year just past.
Over 207,000 votes were cast by readers of the Editoriale Domus publication. The F430 took the prize in the ‘sports’ category courtesy of its winning 26.1% of the vote. The other Prancing Horse car, the 360 Spider, took the ‘cabrio’ category with 9.8% readers voting for it. These important awards are testimony to the extraordinary appreciation of Maranello cars by the general public. For the twelfth successive year (since the ‘Novità dell’anno’ prize was instituted) Ferrari has won the top award. 

In the year of its double World Title win, Ferrari announces that all of its cars will feature
CCM brakes as standard from 2008

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Bologna, December 5th 2007 – Ferrari has announced to the media and its clients at the Bologna Motor Show 2007 that Brembo brakes featuring carbon ceramic material (CCM) discs will be provided as standard on the entire Prancing Horse range from 2008.
Thanks to technological excellence unparalleled in sports car manufacturing, Ferrari is the world’s first car manufacturer to offer CCM technology as standard across its entire range. The Prancing Horse was also the first manufacturer to introduce CCM brakes five years ago on the Enzo Ferrari model and later began offering them to clients as a personalisation option on other models in the range.
The announcement of this latest development was made today by Ferrari’s General Manager Amedeo Felisa and Brembo Chairman Alberto Bombassei, during the press day at the Bologna Show. Ferrari’s decision comes as a result of the enhanced performance, durability and comfort offered by CCM brakes, their enormous popularity with clients (requests stand at over 85% for certain models), and a desire to underscore its technical leadership.

In a year in which Ferrari returned to winning form in F1, taking both the Constructor’s and Driver’s titles, the 430 Scuderia, a special series based on the F430, also makes its Italian debut at Bologna. The new car is an extremely high performance two-seater berlinetta brimming with Formula 1-derived content, and is flanked on the stand by a Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro single-seater to further highlight its close technological ties to the track.
In fact, the 430 Scuderia uses a traction control system (E-Diff + F1-Trac) similar to the F1’s and a gearbox with gearshifting times equal to those of the single-seater of just two years ago. The F430 and the 599 GTB Fiorano, the most powerful production V12 car ever built at Maranello, also grace the Prancing Horse stand. On show too are the F430 Spider, which combines the blistering performance of a thoroughbred sports car with the delights of a drop-top, and the 612 Scaglietti, the current GT flagship which features recently updated cabin and accessories, including the innovative Bose Media System.

The Prancing Horse will also be one of the most active protagonists in the Shell Arena, which is devoted to racing and exhibition driving. On Friday 7th December, our test-driver Luca Badoer will be putting a Ferrari Formula 1 car through its paces in a now-traditional exhibition complete with pit-stop simulations. The Ferrari Challenge Trofeo Pirelli cars will also be out on the track on Sunday for the now-classic culmination of its sporting calendar.

Braking system with Carbon Ceramic Material (CCM) discs

Braking systems that use carbon-ceramic material discs offer a host of advantages in terms of improved performance, durability and comfort, and are now considered an essential piece of kit for the kind of very high performance cars built by the Prancing Horse.

Brakes featuring CCM discs offer much more responsive braking as well as consistently excellent performance in intensive use. One of the most obvious advantages to adopting them is their exceptional fade resistance – fade in fact compromises the driver’s feeling of control when it comes to the pressure required on the brake pedal and responsiveness.
The CCM discs have a longer life under normal conditions, a fact that has clear financial advantages. Furthermore, even with continual track use, CCM brakes offer greater resistance to wear for better durability on track. The CCM braking system also cuts around 15 kg off the car’s total weight which not only improves overall performance but also reduces unsprung mass and thus improves vehicle dynamics and ride comfort.
On the 430 Scuderia in particular, the CCM braking system is specifically designed for the car and has unique brake dimensions which are aligned with the car’s extreme performance characteristics. The diameter of the front discs has been increased (+18 mm vs the F430) which offers an improved effective radius and thus more efficient braking. Combined with specific 6-pot callipers, the front brake discs dissipate the extra heat created by the higher performance delivered by the 430 Scuderia .

Ferrari 430 Scuderia

Seven-times World Champion Michael Schumacher also contributed to the development of the 430 Scuderia which makes the most advanced Ferrari Formula 1 technologies available to our sportiest and most passionate clients.
A dry weight of 1250 Kg and the 510 hp punched out at 8500 rpm by its naturally aspirated V8 engine guarantee the 430 Scuderia an absolutely extraordinary power-weight ratio of just 2.45 Kg/hp which in turn means that it can accelerate from 0 to 100 Km/h in a mere 3.6 seconds. The 430 Scuderia has a similar lap time at Fiorano to the Enzo, the Ferrari model that has come to epitomise the Prancing Horse’s philosophy of transferring Formula 1 technology to its road cars.
Thanks to its sophisticated aerodynamics, F1 SuperFast2 gearbox, and E-Diff combined with the sophisticated F1-Trac traction control system, this sporty new mid-rear engined berlinetta effortlessly combines superb handling with blistering performance, resulting in exceptional driving pleasure and handling both on the road and on the track. The integrated E-Diff and F1-Trac systems offers 40% more acceleration coming out of corners than a traditional traction and stability control system.
The 430 Scuderia also boasts the new Racing manettino which puts the emphasis firmly on track-specific sporty driving, giving the driver even more choice in terms of the traction control and vehicle dynamics set-up.

The “Carrozzeria Scaglietti” Personalisation Programme

Launched in 1997, the “Carrozzeria Scaglietti” Personalisation Programme allows Ferrari clients to enhance their car to suit their own personal tastes and requirements, making each one truly unique. There are four distinct personalisation areas: Racing and Track, Exteriors and Colours, Interiors and Materials, Equipment and Travel.
However, clients are also welcome to make “off-catalogue” requests. Since the days when Sergio Scaglietti himself first began collaborating with the Prancing Horse, our cars have been tailored to meet clients’ individual needs and nowadays almost 100% of Ferrari production include some personalisation options requested by their owners. The Personalisation Programme was recently further extended to include the 430 Scuderia’s personality. The Racing and Track area in particular boasts carbon-fibre kits which help enhance the new model’s lightness and nimbleness. The headlamp body, boot lid, front spoiler, sill kick panels and diffuser are all available in this high tech material. Wheel rims in the colour now used in Formula 1 are also available and a carbon-fibre helmet specially designed for the model is also available to order.

Ferrari Classiche

Founded in 2005 to provide owners of classic Prancing Horse cars with a range of restoration, maintenance and technical assistance services as well as to issue authenticity certificates, Ferrari Classiche has thus far completed certification examinations on over 500 cars, using meticulous research methods and the original designs of the Prancing Horse’s historic cars themselves.

Ferrari Financial Services

Since its launch in early 2007 Ferrari Financial Services has been providing a series of services designed specifically to meet the diverse needs of owners of Ferraris of all kinds from those in the current range to historic and competition cars, including former F1 single-seaters. As a result our clients can now avail of personalised financing services which include, in the case of the 430 Scuderia package, driving courses designed in collaboration with Michael Schumacher who also contributed to the development of the car itself.

A year of success and celebration

2007 was a particularly important year for Ferrari. Not only did it bring the Company its 15th Formula World Championship Driver’s and Constructor’s titles but also marked the anniversary of its 60th year in business. Fittingly during this Anniversary year, Ferrari was also voted “Best Place to Work in Europe 2007”. End-of-year financial figures records also indicate a record 6,000-plus cars delivered and an operating result in the region of 15% revenues.

To put Ferrari’s performance in Formula 1 into context, the Prancing Horse has won no less than seven Constructors’ World titles in the last nine years and six Drivers’ titles in the last eight.

2007 was also an important year for the Company’s Brand Development activities with Ferrari Stores opened in Los Angeles, Barcelona, Al Kobar and Abu Dhabi. Further openings are planned for Singapore, Macao and Honolulu in early 2008. With regard to licensing, in addition to excellent performances by our consolidated partners, new agreements have also been signed with Dynastar and Lange (skis and ski boots) and Biciclo (bicycles for men, women and children in collaboration with Colnago).