Novitec Rosso has designed lightweight clear-coated carbon fiber accessories for the Ferrari 458 Spider along with forged wheels in a unique staggered 21- and 22-inch combination and a sophisticated suspension system featuring hydraulic ride-height adjustment.
In addition, there is a power increase to 609 hp (448 kW) and an equally lightweight high-performance exhaust system with sound management by means of a butterfly valve. Further custom details such as black lamps or interiors custom-tailored to the owner's individual preferences substantiate Novitec Rosso's leading global position in tuning and refining the sports cars from Maranello.
Carbon fiber is not only the top choice in Formula 1 racing, but also for the Novitec Rosso aerodynamic-enhancement components for the Ferrari 458 Spider. The designers concentrated not merely on striking looks, but first and foremost on aerodynamic efficiency, which was fine-tuned in the wind tunnel of the University of Stuttgart.
The standard front fascia is upgraded with a two-piece front spoiler and side
flaps for further reduced lift at high speeds. To round out the carbon-fiber
look the wings in the air scoops and the ventilation grilles in the front
fenders are also manufactured from this material. Tasteful carbon-fiber covers
on the exterior mirrors complete the ensemble.
Novitec Rosso carbon-fiber sill skirts can give the two-seater an even more
sporty side appearance.
Also made from this high-tech material are the Novitec Rosso diffuser and the
bezel surrounding the rear fog lamp. To generate even more downforce on the rear
axle the Spider can be upgraded either with a tasteful rear spoiler lip or a
rear wing ? both made from carbon fiber as well.
Further Novitec Rosso styling features are black taillights, which are also
emphasized visually with carbon-fiber bezels, black side markers and the black
auxiliary LED brake light.
The new Novitec Rosso NF4 forged wheels perfectly combine visual assets with
increased driving dynamics thanks to reduced unsprung weight. To give the
Ferrari even more of a wedge-shaped appearance a staggered tire/wheel
combination with diameters of 21 and 22 inches was developed.
Despite their king-sized dimensions ? 9Jx21 in front and 12Jx22 on the rear axle
- these wheels with five delicate double spokes weigh just 9.9 and 13.5
kilograms. This makes the Novitec Rosso wheels some of the lightest of their
type in these sizes. Technology partner Pirelli supplies PZero high-performance
tires in sizes 255/30 ZR21 and 335/25 ZR22. The popular three-piece Novitec
Rosso NF3 wheels with diameters of 20, 21 and 22 inches will continue to be
available as an option.
Another Novitec Rosso high-tech development is the hydraulic suspension system
for the 458 Spider. At the push of a button in the cockpit the front of the car
can be raised by 2 inches (40 millimeters) to navigate safely past curbs or to
enter an underground parking garage. At a second push of the button or
automatically upon reaching a speed of 50 mph (80 km/h) the front reverts to its
original position. In addition, Novitec Rosso sport springs lower the ride
height of the Spider by some 1.5 inches (35 millimeters). It goes without saying
that the standard damper adjustment of the 458 Spider is retained fully.
Novitec Rosso sport sway bars are available to further minimize body roll in
fast corners and to improve turn-in.
This makes the 458 Spider perfectly suited for an extra helping of power. The
most powerful version to date is the Novitec Rosso Performance Level 1. In this
case the 4.5-liter V8 is fitted with a special carbon-fiber air box with
modified air routing and a Novitec Rosso high-performance exhaust system. The
exhaust system, manufactured from INCONEL, a highly stress-proof yet extremely
lightweight material also used on exhausts for Formula 1 engines, consists of
two high-performance manifolds, sport catalysts and a rear muffler. The latter
is optionally available with a butterfly valve for changing the exhaust note
with the Manettino on the steering wheel. The sport exhaust plays not only a
crucial role in the increase in power by 39 hp / 28.7 kW, it also weighs 21
kilograms less than the production exhaust.
In order to perfectly coordinate the interaction of all high-performance
components the engine conversion also comprises newly programmed engine
electronics with custom mapping for ignition and injection.
After the conversion the engine produces a peak power of 609 hp (448 kW) at
9,100 rpm and a peak torque of 420 lb-ft (569 Nm) at 5,400 rpm. Even more
important for day-to-day driving situations are the even more aggressive
throttle response and the moderately higher redline speed for further improved
shift points. The Ferrari 458 Spider with Novitec Rosso engine tuning reaches a
top speed in excess of 202 mph (325 km/h).
Novitec Rosso goes beyond simply offering more power. The engine design itself
is of an extremely sporty character with clear-coated carbon-fiber covers that
turn the engine compartment into a feast for the eyes as well.
Novitec Rosso also adds some outright racing highlights in the interior with
tasteful carbon-fiber touches such as the center console that has been extended
downward, the bezels above the speedometer and the climate sensor as well as
with shift paddles that are longer than their production counterparts. Naturally
there are also exclusive Novitec Rosso all-leather interiors in any color