2009 Ferrari 430 Scuderia | new car review

Posted on Nov 17, 2009 by

You need the right road to exploit the full potential of the 430 Scuderia, a pared-down F430, devoid of whatever weight it once had, with technology gleaned from the FXX and fine-tuned by none other than Michael Schumacher.

In every way the 2009 Ferrari 430 Scuderia is defined as a race-ready road car that an owner can easily attack a track day at the weekends with, very much in the same vein as the F430 Challenge cars exclusively built for the one-make series. Both cars share the same vision, by shedding as much weight as possible – 100kg in the case of the Scuderia, dropping the standard kerb weight of 1450kg to 1350kg.

Awarding the lightweight road car a power-to-weight ratio of 378bhp per ton is not as simple as removing the carpets and leaving the floor as bare aluminium (although this has been done); the designers of this Italian have gone the extra mile by niggling a few ounces from each of the suspension struts and constructing the unique suspension set-up from lightweight titanium.

This level of focus is heightened when you notice the exposed interior welds, and that the standard door cards have been removed in favor of carbon fiber panels. The lightweight isn’t all slim-line body panels, lightweight carbon fiber seats and no carpet, as Ferrari engineers have found an increase of 20 bhp over the base model F430, the 4.3-liter V8 now producing 503 bhp at 8500 rpm – edging torque up to 470 Nm at 5250 rpm; an increase of 5.4 Nm.

These figures have been achieved in part thanks to a carbon fiber air-intake system, up rated pistons for improved compression, tweaked electronics and a lighter exhaust system.

As a consequence, an improved torque curve allows the car to be driven in a more relaxed manner, with genuine ease in fact, an improvement over the standard Ferrari F430. Many have proven Ferrari’s claim of 100 kph in 3.6 seconds and a top speed of 318 kph. Managed by the lightening quick ratio changes made by the six-speed automated sequential manual E-Diff2 transmission, which is a revised blend of the Ferrari F430’s E-Diff and the F1-Trac traction control system of the 599 Fiorano GTB. It works too, swapping gears in 60 milliseconds compared to the road-going F430’s 150-milliseconds. All in all, this is F1 technology for the road.

Whether on the road or at the track, Ferrari have kindly left most of the safety equipment well alone, such as ABS and EBD, while working hard behind the 19-inch alloys are cross-drilled and vented ceramic-composite brake discs. The chassis is also super-stiff and the steering very direct, allowing you to make the most out the sticky Pirelli rubber. It may also be the loudest and most involving mainstream car Ferrari has ever produced, but overall its way more than this; it’s quite possibly the Ferrari of modern times.


Body TypeEngine(litres)Power(bhp)Transmission Transmission
/ 4.3 503 470 M/A

Price Range (AED) 985,000 onwards


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