Additional Ferrari 458 details revealed
Our first report on the new Ferrari 458 Italia is ......
30th August, 2009
In the run-up to the unveiling of the Ferrari 458 Italia
next month, Ferrari has released more information on its latest super car.
The 458 Italia will offer a new design of controls and steering wheel that uses experience gained in
Formula One with main commands grouped on the steering wheel, the secondary commands are set in two
satellite pods either side of the dash and there are now comprehensive instrument displays on the panel
ahead of the driver.
These solutions represent an important safety aspect, enabling the driver to concentrate fully on
driving. Similarly this layout ensures maximum control of the car in high performance driving, an
uncompromising approach that derives directly from Ferrari’s F1 experience.
Working closely with the Ferrari Styling Centre, the engineers have thus reinterpreted the positioning
of the major commands to provide a driver-oriented cockpit. All steering-column mounted stalks have been
eliminated, with the indicators, full beam, flash and windscreen wiper functions now being activated by
buttons on the steering wheel boss. The button to select the shock absorber setting is now positioned
next to the ‘Engine start’ button where it falls readily to hand. Behind the steering wheel are a number
of secondary functions, such as the stereo, while the gearbox paddles are now longer making shifts even
easier from any steering angle.
The right-hand satellite pod on the dash incorporates controls for the infotainment, the Bluetooth
connection, sat-nav, digital speedo and rear parking camera. Clustered on the left-hand satellite pod
instead are the optional cruise control, buttons for choosing the video setting of the left-hand dash
TFT screen and the on-board computer interface. The latter controls the trip computer, the Vehicle
Dynamic Assistance and the display of the car’s set-up.
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The Vehicle Dynamic Assistance monitors the operating parameters of the most important areas of the
car - engine/gearbox, tyres and brakes. The VDA is enabled in the following manettino settings – Race,
CT off and CST off – and provides visual confirmation of the status of each component based on an
algorithm from parameters reading lateral and longitudinal acceleration, revs and speed. This enables
the driver to assess the ideal operating conditions for the car.
There are three status settings: WARM-UP (operating temperature too low), GO (ideal operating
conditions) and OVER (one or more components are no longer at their optimum level and need cooling).
The Ferrari 458 Italia will arrive in Australia and New Zealand in mid-2010, when local prices and
specification will be announced.