2015 Ferrari 458 Speciale Track Test

2015 Ferrari 458 Speciale Track Test

Hi,
In response to invitation from Fast Auto Technic, Ferrari & Maserati Dealer in Saudi Arabia to drive test the 2015 Ferrari 458 Speciale at the BIC
I am sharing my experience with you
as usual, Ferrari asked me not to have the GoPro while others are allowed
nevermind, I will try my best to deliver my real experience
the car is very light and the brakes are very strong even though the previous driver already over heated them but no issues at all
we are only allowed to drive on sport mode which is the normal mode, I can see traction control in all corners are working but you will never feel it unless you look to the instrument cluster
But it is really a super sport car

Ibraheem:Hi
Thanks Abu Nour, today you drove the Ferrari Speciale at the BIC
What is Speciale?
Yousef: Thanks
it is a 458 but is stripped out or modified to be used at the track
production is limited to 1500 cars worldwide so they all might be sold
technical difference
35 hp more to be 605 hp
same torque 540 Nm
interior is stripped out, no carpet
no glove compartment and replaced by pads to protect knees of the passenger
outside differences
front and rear changed
we can see small wing on the side for more stability
weight is less by 90kg with less than 1300kg in total
weight distribution is the same with normal 458 front 42 and 58 rear
midengine car, 4.5L V8 with 7 speed double clutch
brake size is the same but with advanced technolgy that reduces the stopping distance by 2-3 meters
exhaust notes are louder
gear, engine and suspension programing are modified for the track use
wheels are 20″ with wider tires front and rear by 245 & 305 respectively
acceleration 0-100km on the regular 458 around 3.4s while Speciale 3.0s
Ibraheem: Great, now we know what is the Speciale
today you drove it on the track, what is your opinion?
Yousef: the 1st thing I noticed is the light weight
you’ll notice it in many situations, acceleration, high speed braking and cornering
no rolling on the corners
you’ll not feel the high speed until you look at the speedometer
you’ll reach 240 like this
this car on the track looks at home with no problems at all
however I drove it after someone abused the brakes for 2-3 laps but still giving high performance braking
acceleration is excellent, exhaust notes are fantastic and noises inside are good
you can hear the engine as well gear changes up or down shifting
especially down shifting is very aggressive so that it will shake your body
I drove it as well 10-20 guys drove it aggressively during the whole day but it shows no issues at all
this shows Ferrari worked so much to give such a super car
the guy who will buy it and try it on the track will never regret he spent huge money on it
Ibraheem: who are the competitors if we consider price and track use?
Yousef: to be honest with you is the GT3, Lamborghini Gallardo and the new Huracan
however the current Huracan is the normal and we expect a lightweight mode which will go head to head with Speciale
the GT3RS 991 is a strong competitor to the Speciale
on paper Speciale more powerful, faster, lighter and a higher brand
sure who loves Ferrari will buy it, who loves Porsche will buy a Porsche and the same on lambo
the difference I saw between Ferrari and Porsche is the braking
The Speciale has an amazing brakes however I feel more confident on the GT3
I like the GT3 acceleration feeling since the engine is behind the rear wheels so when exiting the corner you can have full acceleration earlier than Speciale
at the curves, I prefer the Speciale since weight distribution is better than the GT3
as we know GT3RS carrying a huge weight behind the rear wheels
so you’ll work hard on the cornering otherwise oversteer or understeer will happen
Noises: on GT3 RS engine noise is a 6 cylinder noise but when you exceed 8k RPM you’ll feel engine will explode
on Speciale it can reach 9k RPM as well the GT3RS but the Ferrari engine is 8 Cylinder with bigger cc so it can breath more
Engine sound at 9k RPM on GT3RS is aggressive than the Speciale
this will let you enjoy the racing mode
Ibraheem: Last question, your opinion about it in and out of the track?
Yousef: It is really hard to answer, if we will talk about the price
it will be around 1.3M Saudi Riyals with some carbon fiber options
the 991 GT3RS will be 750k-800K SAR so there is a big difference in price
myself I prefer the GT3 on the track because the involvement with it is higher than Speciale that has much more electronics
however I drove the Speciale with all electronics ON so the car might drove itself
On the normal roads I prefer Speciale since the Ferrari brand will grab attention more than the Porsche
Yousef: What is you feeling Ibraheem?
Ibraheem: Speechless but saying this is the real super sport
I hope we gave you good info about this super sport car
hope to see you next with a new super sport car
Bye