Racing to a better red
If you thought Ferrari was perfection already, just wait until you see the new model, writes PAUL GOVER
NOTHING gets pulses beating faster than a new Ferrari. So despite the daggy black disguise, this new Ferrari has already set hearts racing around the globe.
It’s the F450, successor to today’s F430 and promised with a 4.5-litre V8 and the same double-clutch gearbox already used in the droptop California.
The F450 was originally expected to preview this year, but Ferrari insiders say its first public appearance is likely to be delayed until early next year. The Geneva Motor Show, in late March, is the best bet, unless it’s rushed out for a flag waving appearance at this year’s Frankfurt show in September.
In either case, first customer deliveries of the F450 will be in the second half of 2010.
This test mule was pictured during handling tests in northern Italy, close to Ferrari’s headquarters at Maranello outside Modena.
The pictures show a predictable mismatch of bodywork and wheels, but the shape is clearly evolved from the mid-engined F430.
European sources say the car is codenamed the F142 and will be quicker than the F430 Scuderia.
The new model could have more than 390kW and even come with a Kinetic Energy Recovery System similar to the one in this year’s F1 racer.