Need Closed Roof Aerodynamics to Reach 200MPH? The Ferrari 458 Says Forget About it

September 26, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

In order to design an open top supercar, a lot of details need to be considered. For one, you need to acknowledge how much additional weight will be necessary to beef up the cars rigidity at top speeds. With the Ferrari 458 Speciale A, only about 110 pounds in additional materials have been added to enable its newfound freedom.

Two, it would require a soundtrack worthy of your newly exposed ears. The Speciale has got the sound right with a classic music selection from its 597 horsepower 4.5-liter V8. You must also consider that 200 mph in any open top supercar can get a little rough. That is, unless enough aerodynamics has been built into the design of the supercar, which the Speciale can certainly attest to.

Ferrari 458 Speciale A

In conclusion, if the burble of Satan’s fury mixed with the gasps of spectators is more important than the thrill of victory on track day, the Speciale is more than enough car to get you from point A to B. Pricing will be released at the Paris Motor Show next week, but be prepared for a price jump that is quite a bit more substantial than the coupe’s $300,000.


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Eric J. Leech is a born and bred auto enthusiast who has been a gear-head ever since he crawled out of his crib and got his Kool-aide stained mitts on a 67 Camaro SS (red, black bucket seats, no air-conditioning). He's since become an automotive journalist for a variety of sources, including DUB Magazine, American Auto Press, Import Tuner, Turbo & High Performance, and has also worked as a content provider for the Discovery Channel's, Mean Green Machines. Follow Eric J. Leech at Google+

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