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
It also gives me time to think about the car. Ferrari, like Porsche, applies a pathological attention to detail when it comes to its most uncompromising products. Having spoken to the team behind the Speciale, all involved agree they had to partly re-engineer the car to meet the goals they'd been set. Take the chassis, for example. Around 20 per cent of it has been changed, the firewall now measuring 1mm rather than two, while the central tunnel is a new casting. Numerical analyses determined which parts could be reduced in thickness without affecting the car's overall structural integrity. There are extra ducts in the bonnet, so that's new, too; it has two layers, and the outer one's so thin that Ferrari has gone to a company in England that specialises in a process called ‘superplastic forming' to make it. It would simply snap, otherwise.