Ferrari 458 Speciale around Elba
We take the harder, faster Fezza on a road trip round an idyllic Italian island. Yeah, tough day
Posted: 27 May 2014
There's also some outlandish computer software to match. Twiddle the wheel-mounted manettino around to ‘CT off', and Ferrari's new SSC (slide slip control) algorithm measures throttle position, steering, engine revs and tyre slip in conjunction with the E-diff to allow an impressive amount of oversteer without throwing you over the cliff. Historically, mid-engined Ferraris are not known for indulging tomfoolery - the opposite, in fact - but this one does. On which basis, it might seem daft to shed this ingenious prophylactic in pursuit of even crazier angles, but obviously that's precisely what we do. The 458's chassis is utterly sublime, and proof that, no matter how perfectly calibrated the electronics, software should only enhance and amplify what's there, rather than apologising for what isn't. Rather like CGI in modern cinema.