Ferrari's cleanest and newest supercar, the 430 Scuderia has made its way down under for the Melbourne International Motor Show.

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Distinguished from the regular F430 by dropping the "F" and adding "Scuderia", the blue machine, shown here on the banks of the Yarra, is touted as the "greener" supercar choice. In actual fact, the CO2 emissions have been cut from the regular F430, down to 360 g/km from 420 g/km. Fuel consumption has also been reduced; the combined figure is down from 18.3L/100 km to 15.7 L/100 km.

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The 430 Scuderia crushes the benchmark 0-100 kmh acceleration test in just 3.6 seconds, blasts to 200 kmh in 11.6 seconds and dispatches the standing kilometer in 20.9 seconds en route to a top speed in excess of 320 kmh.

With deliveries to Australia and New Zealand not due to start until mid-2008 and numbers limited by intense worldwide demand, the Melbourne International Motor Show will be, for the vast majority of people, the only opportunity to see the Ferrari 430 Scuderia.

“The Ferrari 430 Scuderia is the epitome of everything that makes Ferrari the finest producer of super cars and racing machines,” says Kevin Wall, General Manager for Ferrari in Australia and New Zealand.“It is car that is supremely fast, both in a straight line and around corners, one that has been honed to perfection by a seven time World Champion [Schumacher], this is a given, of course, for a Ferrari. But, at the same time, Ferrari has used its gifted and unique automotive design expertise to make this car also uses less fuel and produces fewer emissions that any other Ferrari. This fusion of performance and environmental performance could only come from Ferrari and provides clear evidence of Ferrari’s plans to cut emissions by 40 per cent without blunting its unique performance credentials.”

Key changes to produce the Ferrari 430 Scuderia

Aerodynamic

  • Changed rear deck shape with raised leading edge
  • Total down force now 310 kg at 200 kmh, up 30 kg with no increase in drag.
  • Larger defuser, extra vanes
  • Deeper, reshaped front bumper
  • Deeper, reshaped side skirts
  • Re-routed exhaust pipes to allow greater airflow through rear defuser

Weight

  • Door mirrors in carbon fibre
  • Door panels in carbon fibre.
  • Lightweight flooring
  • The bumpers and sills are made of a new material, RTM, that is light and cost effective
  • Racing style light weight seats, but still fully adjustable
  • The glass rear window is replaced by Lexan
  • Simplified audio system
  • Alcantara interior trim saves weight
  • Weight down from 1450 kg to 1350 kg

New Technology

  • E-diff is fully integrated with the electronic stability control system for the first time
  • Traction control and electronic stability system now separated for driver selection
  • New Pirelli P Zero Corsa tyre that lifts rear grip by 11 per cent and front grip by 20 per cent
  • Electronic stability control system and suspension now separated for driver selection
  • New 398 mm carbo-ceramic brake discs and brake calipers (18 mm bigger than F430)
  • Lighter titanium springs, new ZF dampers, 30 per cent stiffer suspension.
  • Gearchange time is cut by F1-SuperFast2 to 60 milliseconds, compared to 100 milliseconds for the 599 and 150 ms in Enzo.

Engine Changes

  • Compression ratio lifted from 11.3:1 to 11.88:1
  • Power up from 360.3 kW to 375.4 kW
  • New ignition system and engine management programmes
  • New Carbon fibre airbox
  • New light weight exhaust
  • Torque up from 465 Nm to 470 Nm with a lower, flatter curve