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2005 Ferrari F430 Spider – Manual
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The Ferrari F430 (2004-2009) was conceived as the successor to the mid-engine, rear-wheel drive 360. Ferrari gave automotive designer, Frank Stephenson, the challenging task of making Goran Popović’s 360 Modena design even more beautiful, with improved aerodynamic efficiency. The new incarnation was a collaborative project between Stephenson and Pininfarina and assembled by Maranello. Stephenson was the first Director of Ferrari-Maserati Concept Design and Development in Maranello and Modena, Italy.
The mid-engine, rear-wheel drive F430 sports car was available initially as a 2-door Berlinetta (closed-car) bodystyle, then as a 2-door Ferrari Spider (convertible) in 2005. Despite sharing the same lightweight aluminium space frame chassis, roofline, doors, and glass as the 360, the F430 had improved suspension, a new engine, and a noticeably different appearance.
When creating the Ferrari F430, Stephenson applied his design philosophy to research the company’s history and identify a successful, powerful element that could be modernised, thus continuing the new car’s genetic link. He has emphasised the importance of maintaining the recognizable image of Ferrari without resorting to copying previous designs.
An artisan and designer, Stephenson used traditional hand drawn sketches to organically discover what features, proportions and lines would work. To ensure that the new Ferrari’s front end looked distinctively Ferrari, he reinterpreted the 1961 Formula 1 156 ‘shark nose’ famously driven by Phil Hill, to include large oval openings in the front bumper.
Stephenson believed pre-Turbo Ferraris displayed the most romantic design elements; through his drawings, the 360 became more angular and aggressive, but retained its sensuality. With modern vehicles becoming wider, Stephenson could accentuate the bulbous ‘tumblehome’ space between the body of the car doors and the windows, without compromising the interior. The 360 taillights were moved upwards and outwards from the surface of the rear, making its bulging silhouette more dynamic. The radiators were inherited from the 360 but were more visually impressive. To affirm the F430’s identity as a genuine sports car, the additional air vents were functional, cooling down the brakes or funnelling air to the engine. The F430 is the only car to have its name embossed in the Testerossa-styled side mirrors.
The F430’s 4300cc ‘Ferrari-Maserati’ FI36 V8 was a new power plant with racing heritage; the 4-valve cylinder head, valves and intake trumpets were derived from Formula One engines, whereas the connecting rods, pistons, and crankshaft were new. With a 20% displacement increase balanced by just 4kg weight growth, the F430’s mid-mounted V8 produced 490bhp. Its introduction marked the first engine change from previous Ferrari V8s that were descended from the 1950s Dino racing program and has continued into the 458 and California. The F430’s drag coefficient remained unchanged from the 360 Modena, but the downforce was enhanced, reaching 0-60mph in 3.6 seconds, with a top speed of 196mph, 0.6seconds quicker than the 360.
The F430 was a triumph of function and form.
Our classically striking 2005 Ferrari F430 Spider Manual proudly showcases the most well-known Ferrari shade of red, the intensely passionate ‘Rosso Corsa.’ Translated as ‘Racing Red,’ this famous exterior has characterized the Ferrari marque since the Italian company’s racing origins in the 1930s, when teams were required to paint their vehicle the respective country colour. Gracing the marque’s most classic models, red is strongly associated with the Italian brand’s luxury designs and has been elegantly paired in this model with a tan leather interior and Daytona seats. Effortlessly combining style and performance, the F430 convertible is a genuine work of automotive art and design.