Friday, 7 January 2011

Air bag exempt - Ferrari F 430

Last week on Ferrari Friday we looked at seven magnificent Ferrari F430 GT2 racing cars this week were looking at the road car that the racer was based on. The F430 was launched at the Paris Motor Show in 2004.

This USD $225,000 vehicle came loaded with electronics including limited slip active differential which varies the distribution of torque from the engine to the rear wheels based on information on steering angle and lateral acceleration, Electronic Stability Control which detects and minimises skids, Skyhook electronic suspension and is fitted with little knobs on the steering wheel to adjust all of the above to ones personal preference. Unusually US authorities granted the F430 exemption from US airbag requirements.

These brake discs / rotors are cast from an iron molybdenum alloy developed in collaboration with Brembo and are claimed to be good for over 300 laps of the Ferrari Fiorano test track with out fading.

196 mph capability is afforded courtesy of a 483hp 4300 cc / 262 cui V8 a shared Ferrari / Maserati design that is a complete departure of all previous Ferrari V8's that trace their ancestry and architecture back to the 1950's Dino V6 racing programme.

Hope you have enjoyed today's air bag exempt edition of 'Gettin' a lil psycho on tyres' and that you will join me tomorrow for a look at a fast cat from Coventry. Don't forget to come back now !


  1. Only Ferrari would get an exemption from carrying an airbag in this country!
    Interesting as always, Art!

  2. Thanks. I was all set to buy one(I love good brakes) until you told me about the no airbags. That was the deal breaker for me.

  3. J.C. I love that you are a man of integrity! Good decision.

  4. I might be able to summon the courage to trust a $225,000 vehicle with out air bags but with iron molybdenum alloy brakes if I didn't have my eye on a 270 mph Bristol Fighter which probably does not have air bags or iron molybdenum alloy brakes :-)

  5. Why don't small airplanes have airbags?????

    Anything that expensive should have extra saftey!

  6. I think I might drive a tad more carefully without airbags probably not a bad thing :-)