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Ferrari's Fire-Breathing Stallion
Business Week ^ | 8 july 2005 | Thane Peterson

Posted on 07/08/2005 5:13:34 PM PDT by voletti

Apart from superb handling and snazzy styling, the low-slung F430 goes from zero to 60 in under four seconds. The wait comes if you want to buy

The Ferrari F430 is definitely a guy thing. It's a ground-hugging, immensely powerful rear-engine two-seater heavily influenced by Formula 1 racing, which Ferrari has dominated over the last five years. Ferrari figures 98% of the buyers are men -- and not just any men, either. The typical Ferrari buyer earns more than $1 million annually, which is not surprising as the car sells for $180,785. Most owners have at least one other Ferrari out in their multicar garages, and many hit the racetrack on weekends so they can really experience the Ferrari's handling and speed.

Even at a quick glance, this car -- which is all new for the 2005 model year -- has speed written all over it. The front end is reminiscent of the famous snout-nosed 1961 Ferrari Formula 1 race car. There are big black-grilled air-intake vents on each side of the front end to cool the engine, and a third air intake in the center channels air under the chassis and helps keep the car from flying off the ground during rapid acceleration. Similarly styled air intakes on the car's flanks just behind the windows also mimic 1960s-era Formula 1 racers.

PADDLE-SHIFTING LIKE A PRO. Then, there's the enormous, 483 horsepower engine, which is clearly visible through the long, sloping rear window. The rear window is also framed by air intakes, so it's almost as if the engine, which is topped by two huge, red air-intake manifolds, were being shown off in a department-store display case.

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Wheeeeeee.... Dream machine!
1 posted on 07/08/2005 5:13:34 PM PDT by voletti
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To: voletti
Whoa! ProN for car nuts:
2 posted on 07/08/2005 5:16:55 PM PDT by Paradox (Ipsum Pablum)
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To: voletti

I dunno - no cupholders. What do you do with your beer while you're racing?


3 posted on 07/08/2005 5:19:48 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: voletti

4 posted on 07/08/2005 5:20:17 PM PDT by Michael.SF. ("Rommel, you magnificent son of bitch.....I READ YOUR BOOK!! - Gen. Patton)
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To: voletti

Fun post!

Lets see... I sell my house, take out a loan...

Wonder what kind of gas mileage it gets? I know, if you have to ask, you can't afford it.

Wonder if premium gas is not good enough. Especially, with all of the additives.


5 posted on 07/08/2005 5:21:33 PM PDT by dhs12345
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To: voletti
I'm not as dumb as I look...

I purposely have avoided buying this boy toy.
With the money I save on insurance, I can get any normal new car of my choice every year!

6 posted on 07/08/2005 5:23:48 PM PDT by Publius6961 (The most abundant things in the universe are ignorance, stupidity and hydrogen)
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To: Paradox
Yeah, that's nice. But I kind of like this Ferrari.


7 posted on 07/08/2005 5:24:19 PM PDT by SaveTheChief (There are 10 types of people -- those who understand binary, and those who don't.)
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To: voletti
Actually, if I could afford 200K for a car, I would rather get this one:

Ettore, would be proud.

8 posted on 07/08/2005 5:27:47 PM PDT by Michael.SF. ("Rommel, you magnificent son of bitch.....I READ YOUR BOOK!! - Gen. Patton)
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To: voletti

This is definitely NOT just a guy thing.


9 posted on 07/08/2005 5:29:48 PM PDT by Capriole (Not a guy. Never have been, never will be.)
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To: voletti




10 posted on 07/08/2005 5:30:11 PM PDT by ThePythonicCow (To err is human; to moo is bovine.)
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To: Michael.SF.
Erm, maybe I should inform you that 200,000 would not even be enough to buy the engine for the car you posted (the Bugatti Veyron). That car is expected to cost 1.2 million dollars. With 200K you'd still be a million greenbacks short. With that said you have great taste.

One thing I'd love to do is participate in a race between a Bugatti Veyron, a McLaren F1, and a Ferrari Enzo.

Ferrari Enzo:

Bugatti Veyron:

McLaren F1:

Zoom zoom!

11 posted on 07/08/2005 5:41:02 PM PDT by spetznaz (Nuclear tipped ICBMs: The Ultimate Phallic Symbol.)
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To: Spktyr

Zoom-zoom ping.


12 posted on 07/08/2005 5:41:52 PM PDT by spetznaz (Nuclear tipped ICBMs: The Ultimate Phallic Symbol.)
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To: spetznaz

To me the McLaren F1 is the most desirable car ever built....the vision of one man, designed and built without regard to cost. Splendid.


13 posted on 07/08/2005 5:45:19 PM PDT by clintonh8r (Liberals preach comity and practice calumny.)
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To: voletti

Before I actually got to the comments, I was going to say that a Ferrari post is like an Ann Coulter post,...ya gotta post the pictures for we pathetic old leches.


14 posted on 07/08/2005 5:45:48 PM PDT by garyhope (moules et frites)
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To: voletti
Sorry guys. And Enzo, bless your late soul.

There just has not been a real Ferrari, Italian race car heritage inspired car since the 355.

Know why all the later F-cars squint?

They replaced the Italian designers with a Japanese one.
Seriously, they all look like Honda clones.
Even my wife didn't know the 360 was a Ferrari.
And we were at a dealer.

Before you think for one moment that she doesn't know Ferrari, this is her.
And this is a Ferrari.


15 posted on 07/08/2005 5:45:56 PM PDT by bill1952 ("All that we do is done with an eye towards something else.")
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To: spetznaz

All of those are (or will be) slower than the Koenigsegg from Sweden. The K can hit 245.

The Veryon is years behind schedule and still (apparently) has handling problems. There's recent photographs of a Veyron losing it at Sears Point.


16 posted on 07/08/2005 5:48:00 PM PDT by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: bill1952

I was curious about the heritage too, now call me old fashioned but i don't want a 100+thousand dollar car with "paddle" shifter. I can't afford it of course but i want a regular old 5 or 6 speed manual shift gearbox.


17 posted on 07/08/2005 5:51:12 PM PDT by 1FASTGLOCK45 (FreeRepublic: More fun than watching Dem'Rats drown like Turkeys in the rain! ! !)
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To: spetznaz
Thanks. To be honest I did not know the Bugatti's cost that much. But to be sure they always were in a class by themselves.

There is a great story about Ettore Bugatti, when he was in his prime, perhaps you have heard, if so, sorry to repeat it.

It seems a loyal client in Paris had received his new Bugattti, but after some months, he found he had difficulty starting it on cold days.

Some letters were sent and ignored. Phone calls made, but not returned. The client, on a trip to Strasbourg decided to go out to the factory, as it was not to far away.

He found himself waiting for Mr Bugatti. And he waited. One hour, soon two and then three. At last in desperation, as Mr. Bugatti was departing for lunch, the man approached. He explained his letters, his calls and his problem with the car.

Mr. Bugatti's response was classic:

Surely Sir, if you can afford a Bugatti, you can afford a heated garage, No?

18 posted on 07/08/2005 5:51:27 PM PDT by Michael.SF. ("Rommel, you magnificent son of bitch.....I READ YOUR BOOK!! - Gen. Patton)
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To: bill1952

I wasn't all that impressed by the 355, honestly. The new ones look kind of weird, and I think the Enzo is rather ugly. I would say that the last *real* Ferrari was the F40 (which I drove twice and loved).


Last I checked, they're still designed by Pininfarina, not so?


19 posted on 07/08/2005 5:51:31 PM PDT by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: bill1952

Correction...there hasn't been a real Ferrari since the 365-GTB/4 Daytona.


20 posted on 07/08/2005 5:52:23 PM PDT by clintonh8r (Liberals preach comity and practice calumny.)
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To: clintonh8r

I am SO old,.....................how old are you?,.....

I am so old, I actually saw Denny Hulme and Bruce McLaren drive the old orange McLaren Can Am cars at Bridgehampton one summer/fall.

They came blasting over the hill at the end of a straight and went through a curve so fast I couldn't believe that cars could go that fast and stay on the road. It was like an explosion. Ka Boom!! It was amazing.


21 posted on 07/08/2005 5:56:23 PM PDT by garyhope (moules et frites)
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To: patton

ping


22 posted on 07/08/2005 5:58:08 PM PDT by Dashing Dasher (Summer isn't my favorite season.)
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To: Billthedrill

Silly, ya just say to your girlfriend, "here, hold muh beer and watch this".


23 posted on 07/08/2005 5:58:16 PM PDT by garyhope (moules et frites)
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To: spetznaz

The Bugatti is definitely the car to get if money isn't an issue.


24 posted on 07/08/2005 5:58:25 PM PDT by wagglebee ("We are ready for the greatest achievements in the history of freedom." -- President Bush, 1/20/05)
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To: Spktyr

Oh, heck no.

Unless there is a badge displaying "Pinafarina, it isn't."


25 posted on 07/08/2005 5:59:37 PM PDT by bill1952 ("All that we do is done with an eye towards something else.")
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To: garyhope
I saw them, too. And these, Sebring '63: Graham Hill, Phil Hill, Surtees, Ginther, Mairesse, Rodriguez, Jim Hall, Hap Sharp, Scarfiotti, Innes Ireland, Fireball Roberts, Dan Gurney, Jo Bonnier, etc, etc.

The CanAm series was truly amazing, though. I was only able to see four of those races, but they did include such cars as the Chapparal 2J, Porsche 17/30 and the whacky Shadow. Great stuff.

26 posted on 07/08/2005 6:03:25 PM PDT by clintonh8r (Liberals preach comity and practice calumny.)
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To: clintonh8r

Hehe. Okay sir. I stand corrected. 8^)


27 posted on 07/08/2005 6:05:03 PM PDT by bill1952 ("All that we do is done with an eye towards something else.")
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To: Michael.SF.

Isn't there also a Bugatti story of a customer complaining that his Bugatti didn't stop well and Bugatti responding that "Bugatti's were made to go, not stop".


28 posted on 07/08/2005 6:05:56 PM PDT by garyhope (moules et frites)
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To: Publius6961

Who needs a car where you can get a speeding ticket while in first gear?


29 posted on 07/08/2005 6:05:59 PM PDT by ken5050
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To: clintonh8r
"To me the McLaren F1 is the most desirable car ever built"

There's no accounting for taste...I always salivated over the Ford GT40...that was the car right in front of the McClaren. :{)

30 posted on 07/08/2005 6:06:09 PM PDT by gorush (Exterminate the Moops!)
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To: 1FASTGLOCK45

I understand. - I can't stand the paddle shifter.


31 posted on 07/08/2005 6:07:03 PM PDT by bill1952 ("All that we do is done with an eye towards something else.")
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To: voletti
... the low-slung F430 goes from zero to 60 in under four seconds ...

Whoa, knock another second off that time and it's almost as quick as a good sport bike.

32 posted on 07/08/2005 6:08:07 PM PDT by JoeGar
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To: clintonh8r
Oh yeah. The McLarens and the Chaparrals, duking it out on the Laguna Seca circuit --- and don't forget the Lolas.

The great old days.

33 posted on 07/08/2005 6:09:05 PM PDT by Publius6961 (The most abundant things in the universe are ignorance, stupidity and hydrogen)
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To: 1FASTGLOCK45

I don't know, I'm getting older and I like my automatic whereas I used to love the zoom zoom and noise of shifting and double clutching etc.

Aren't paddle shifters actually faster and isn't that what it's all about?


34 posted on 07/08/2005 6:09:56 PM PDT by garyhope (moules et frites)
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To: bill1952

Just my opinion! (I'm "old school" when it comes to cars) I have a 330GTC, so I'm naturally biased! ;>)


35 posted on 07/08/2005 6:10:14 PM PDT by clintonh8r (Liberals preach comity and practice calumny.)
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To: Dashing Dasher

LOL. Twits.


36 posted on 07/08/2005 6:15:22 PM PDT by patton ("Fool," said my Muse to me, "look in thy heart, and write.")
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To: garyhope

yeah, the paddle shifters are theoretically faster, but for me, I'd prefer additional driver involvement over that last nanosecond of speed.


37 posted on 07/08/2005 6:15:36 PM PDT by clintonh8r (Liberals preach comity and practice calumny.)
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To: gorush

The GT40 is indeed an all-time great.


38 posted on 07/08/2005 6:17:04 PM PDT by clintonh8r (Liberals preach comity and practice calumny.)
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To: voletti
"... Apart from superb handling and snazzy styling, the low-slung F430 goes from zero to 60 in under four seconds."

BRING. IT. ON.


39 posted on 07/08/2005 6:20:07 PM PDT by The KG9 Kid (Semper Fi!)
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To: Billthedrill
I dunno - no cupholders. What do you do with your beer while you're racing?

Drink it first - you don't want to hit a bump and spill it - plus - it gives you instant liquid courage to win the race.


giggle

40 posted on 07/08/2005 6:22:31 PM PDT by Dashing Dasher (Summer isn't my favorite season.)
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To: clintonh8r

Actually, I don't really know how paddle shifters work. Do you give it a shot of gas and then hit the paddle or what? Please explain. You have one paddle for upshifts and another for downshifts?


41 posted on 07/08/2005 6:23:29 PM PDT by garyhope (moules et frites)
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To: Michael.SF.

"Ferrari figures 98% of the buyers are men..."

I'd like to meet the 2% :-)


Ever read Ralph Stein's stuff? He drove the 30s Bugs.


42 posted on 07/08/2005 6:27:09 PM PDT by cloud8
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To: Capriole

Not just a guy thing!

Chicks race and love cars, too.


WOOHOO!


43 posted on 07/08/2005 6:27:17 PM PDT by Dashing Dasher (Summer isn't my favorite season.)
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To: clintonh8r

Shall I assume you are a big fan of the movie - Gran Prix with James Garner?

I love that flick!

Too bad it's not on DVD....

yet


44 posted on 07/08/2005 6:28:29 PM PDT by Dashing Dasher (Summer isn't my favorite season.)
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To: garyhope
If he did not say that, I bet he wished he had!

Actually that does sound familiar, but I cannot confirm it.

45 posted on 07/08/2005 6:30:41 PM PDT by Michael.SF. ("Rommel, you magnificent son of bitch.....I READ YOUR BOOK!! - Gen. Patton)
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To: clintonh8r
Two favorites:

The Jaguar XKE (12-cyl)

The Ferrari California Spyder

46 posted on 07/08/2005 6:32:31 PM PDT by bt_dooftlook (Democrats - the "No Child/Left/Behind" Party)
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To: Spktyr
Yep. I read up about the Koenigsegg in the Robb Report somewhile back, and it seems like a McLaren F1 beater. Looks quite nice too. But apart from that report I've not heard much about the car (like many exotic Euro cars stuff like the Koenigsegg never hit the US, although on the other hand stuff like our Callaway C12 and the Saleen S7 do not penetrate the Euro market much either ....and sorry for the blasphemy of mentioning the Callaway and the Koenigsegg in the same post ...i know the Callaway is not even deserving to kiss the exhaust of the Koenig, but anyways ....)

As for the Veyron I've read that it has been having some 'issues.' It is apparently 2 yrs late, but i did not know it was due to handling issues. The funny thing is having handling issues in a vehicle that can go from zero to infinity in a gnat's heartbeat is never a good thing.

47 posted on 07/08/2005 6:34:34 PM PDT by spetznaz (Nuclear tipped ICBMs: The Ultimate Phallic Symbol.)
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To: Michael.SF.

Sweet looking ride. I'm not sure if my house is worth $180K yet. Maybe.


48 posted on 07/08/2005 6:37:46 PM PDT by jimfree (Freep and ye shall find.)
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To: garyhope
Electromechanical units. They are by all definitions mechanical transmissions, but they are controlled electronically. The best of all worlds from a racing perspective.
49 posted on 07/08/2005 6:38:27 PM PDT by Rate_Determining_Step (US Military - Draining the Swamp of Terrorism since 2001!)
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To: bt_dooftlook

Ahhhh...

Now THAT'S a Ferrari.


50 posted on 07/08/2005 6:39:30 PM PDT by Pete'sWife (Dirt is for racing... asphalt is for getting there.)
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