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The first-ever season of the new TUDOR United SportsCar Championship is less than two months away.
The 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show kicked off earlier this week, and AutoGuide was there reporting live with all the world’s hottest new debuts. Our most watched videos of the week are a good indication of what was catching everyone’s attention in Frankfurt, starting with the Ferrari 458 Speciale. Then of course, there was the production BMW i8 sports car and Jaguar‘s new C-X17 concept.
Watch our most popular videos of the week below.
We just can’t get enough of the Nissan Juke-R project, and probably won’t until we get our grubby little hands behind its steering wheel. But until then, we’ll just have to continue living vicariously through those fortunate enough to experience the monster first hand.
While it was in Dubai to pace the 24 Hour race, Nissan took its Juke-R out to the Dubai International Marina where a makeshift course was created and the funky Japanese crossover was pitted against a Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, a Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 and a Ferrari 458 Italia. You know, just some of Germany and Italy’s finest supercars.
Now it goes without saying that we’d expect the Juke-R to look mighty impressive in the video against the exotics since it was probably staged by Nissan. But there’s no denying just how remarkable its performance looks and how undoubtedly fun it was for Lucas Ordonez, the first GT Academy winner, to pilot it. And obviously by watching the video, the drivers were putting on a show more than they were looking for a fast lap time.
We just hope a better resolution video surfaces soon.
Check out the video below.
Ferrari confirmed the debut of their 458 Grand Am would happen at this year’s Daytona 24 Hours, set to begin on January 26th at Florida’s Daytona International Speedway. Derived from the GT3 variant of the 458, the Grand Am race car was developed in collaboration with Michelotto and aimed at the American series.
For the Daytona 24 Hours race, Ferrari has their version of a dream team as a crew. Daytona 500 winner Michael Waltrip will be alongside Travis Pastrana, and endurance race veterans Rui Aguas and Robert Kauffman. Hopefully Ferrari will have better luck than all those other “dream sports teams” like the Philadelphia Eagles and Miami Heat. They’re clearly itching for a victory.
GALLERY: Ferrari 458 Grand Am
Italy is one of the most beautiful and scenic countries in the world and when paired up with one of the most exotic creations from the country, you’re guaranteed to have a breathtaking video. Highlighting Ferrari‘s new 458 Spider, the red drop-top beauty races through the Amalfi Coast, at Reggia di Caserta and other picturesque locations throughout the Basilicata region.
While for most of us having the opportunity to drive a 458 Spider is good enough, being able to pilot its 562-hp, 4.5L V8 along the Mediterranean Sea is probably towards the top of our bucket list. So sit back, hit play and listen to the sonorous note of the Spider’s exhaust that has been tuned to sound even better with the roof open. No arguments from us.
Check out the video after the break.
Twin turbo experts in everything from Dodge Vipers to Lamborghini Gallardos, Heffner Performance has introduced a “bolt-on” twin-turbo system for the Ferrari 458, boasting that it’ll increase the factory horsepower rating by 257 ponies, bringing it up to an astonishing 820-hp. Perhaps more shocking is that Heffner claims the setup can do all this on just 5-psi of boost… and on pump gas.
Heffner describes the twin-turbocharged 458 Italia as taking the soul of the legendary F40 and combining it with the technology of a modern F-1 car. And true to all Heffner Performance products, the twin-turbo upgrade looks cleanly integrated in the factory engine bay, as if it belonged there when the car rolled off the lot. Don’t we wish.
GALLERY: Heffner Performance Twin Turbo Ferrari 458 Italia
[Source: Heffner Performance]
Based on the GT3 version of the V8-powered Ferrari, out-of-house tuner Michelotto has pulled the wraps off its Grand Am 458 as testing begins for the new race car at the Fiorano Circuit. The 458 Italia Grand Am will be the first factory-sanctioned Ferrari to compete in the GT Class of Grand-Am’s Rolex Sports Car Series.
The exotic race car will feature 500-hp with a redline of 8000 rpm and to help it conform to GT-class rules, Michelotto made the vehicle less aerodynamic and included a 48-mm restrictor compared to the GT3 version. ABS and traction control were removed from the race car while a full cage was built with NASCAR door bars. It will, of course, be racing on Continental tires, the Grand Am series tire sponsor.
GALLERY: Michelotto Ferrari 458 Italia Grand Am
Ah, what’s better than one Ferrari 458 Italia? How about a Novitec Rosso-modified Ferrari 458 Italia? How about two that look identical? Novitec Rosso decided the best way to a man’s heart wasn’t to grab their attention with just one hot, bright red and sexy 458, but with two outfitted with the same modifications. And even better, Novitec knew that photos just doesn’t cut it these days, especially when we’re talking about twins here, so they gave us a video of the bombshells…together of course.
Novitec Rosso’s 458 Italia tuning package bumps horsepower up by 39-hp by outfitting the 4.5L V8 with a new carbon fiber air box and Inconel exhaust system (which also weighs 46-lbs less than the factory unit) that is comprised of new manifolds, sport catalysts and rear muffler with control flap. Combined the bolt-ons with a newly remapped ECU and you’ve got a 458 Italia breathing as fiery as ever.
In addition to the performance gains, Novitec went through thorough wind-tunnel testing for their aerodynamic kit. The carbon fiber pieces are attached to existing body panels, with a subtle front lip, side flaps and wings, a rear spoiler and a carbon fiber rear diffuser. For wheels, Novitec chose their NF3 pieces to outfit the twins with a matching red and black paint scheme. Staggered with a set of 21×9-inch in the front while the rear receives a much wider and larger 22×12, Novitec pairs the wheels up with high-performance Pirelli rubber.
And of course, Novitec lowers the 458 Italia a solid 1.4-inches while incorporating a 1.6-inch front-end lift at the push of a button.
Check out a video of Novitec’s 458′s twins after the break.
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It may have more computing power than the Apollo mission, presumably. And it’s dedicated to just one thing: an almost Teutonic discipline of making you go fast—or, uh, even faster. Nevertheless, the bleeding-edge interior of the Ferrari 458 Italia might be confusing to those whose last brush with prancing horse greatness came with a wooden steering wheel and Moreschi driving gloves.
So to help, this video was released by Ferrari to introduce you, the potential six-figure customer, to the driver-centric controls, features, and gee-whiz gizmos of the 458 Italia that will help you go fast. For those of us that don’t have six figures at our disposal, however, it’s nice to know that after watching this video we’re prepared to commandeer a 458 Italia in the wild. Just in case, you know…
Famed Ferrari tuner Novitec Rosso will be debuting its rendition of the new 458 Italia at this year’s Geneva Motor Show. Since the debut of Ferrari’s 458 Italia, several aftermarket manufacturers have revealed their own versions, but few can rival what Novitec Rosso brings to the table. With every exotic Ferrari model that’s been designed and manufactured, it’s a guarantee that Novitec finds a way to refine it towards automotive perfection. Their 458 Italia is no different, with an additional 39-hp (609-hp total) over stock, a staggered set of 21-inch/22-inch wheels and an aerodynamic kit thoroughly developed in the wind tunnel to maximize performance.
The 4.5L V8 receives its power boost thanks to a new carbon fiber airbox and high-performance exhaust system. The exhaust system includes high performance manifolds, sport catalysts and a rear muffler design featuring a control flap that can be adjusted through the Manettino button on the steering wheel. All this plus the weight savings from the new exhaust contribute to the performance gains, with the majority of the power gain coming from a new ECU retune.
Through wind tunnel testing, Novitec also developed a sleek carbon fiber aerodynamic kit for the 458 Italia. The front spoiler is simply attached to the factory front bumper while flaps are added to the right and left of the central air inlet to help minimize lift on the front axle. Wings and fender-mounted ventilation louvers (also made from carbon fiber) gives the Italia a sportier design, along with the carbon fiber mirror covers.
On the side, Novitec also designed new side skirts that create optimal airflow between the front and rear wheels. Speaking of the rear, the Italia is outfitted with a new spoiler and carbon fiber diffuser. Carbon fiber touches are also seen on the roof, engine hood, ventilation louvers and fog lamp surround.
For suspension, Novitec outfits the 458 with a set of their sport springs that lower the vehicle around 1.4-inches, while the front lift system can raise the car by 1.57-inches to avoid curbs and speed bumps. While many of Novitec’s wheels will probably fit the 458 Italia, they chose a custom set of NF3 rollers for this demo car. Up front is a 21×9-inch fitment while the rear is outfitted with 22×12-inch wheels.
Lastly, interior upgrades are available – fully catered to the needs of the customer of course. Leather and Alcantara upholstery is available along with carbon fiber accents in the cabin.
GALLERY: Novitec Rosso Ferrari 458 Italia
With the race season about to get into gear, anticipation for 2011′s finest race cars continues to grow. Last year, Extreme Speed Motorsports entered the American Le Mans Series with a pair of Ferrari F430 GT race cars. This season the Scott Sharp-owned race team will be campaigning Ferrari’s new 458 GT.
Scott Sharp, who will be one of the team’s drivers, has teased the world with new photos of their Ferrari 458 GT, and we have to say, it’s quite the eye candy. Despite missing its full graphics, we are already in love with how sleek the 458 looks in American Le Mans race car form.
For those that know little about Extreme Speed Motorsports, their hard work throughout the 2010 season paid off with a runner-up finish at the Petit Le Mans to close out the season. Now the team looks forward to working on their 2011 race program and the 458 GT to grow off its success.
The ALMS season starts March 18th at the 12 Hours of Sebring.
GALLERY: Extreme Speed Motorsports Ferrari 458 GT
[Source: Jon Sibal Blog]
EVOMS is known for its “intelligent tuning” capabilities on some of the world’s finest luxury and exotics. Their lineup of ECU upgrades includes products for Porsches, Lamborghinis, AMG Mercedes, Bentleys, Bugattis, Ferraris, Maseratis, VWs and Audis. In short, some of the greatest creations that sport four wheels.
This time around, EVOMS has teamed up with FabSpeed Motorsport to refine the brand new Ferrari 458 Italia. Equipped with FabSpeed’s headers and high-flow cats, EVOMS was able to retune the Italian beauty for an increase of 87-hp and 57 ft-lbs more torque. That’s extremely impressive when you consider just how expertly tuned the Italian exotic’s V8 already is with with 562-hp on tap.
Even though the focus is on EVOMS and their tuning prowess, it’s worth noting the craftsmanship in FabSpeed’s headers and high-flow cat creations. Their headers sport a fancy 4-into-1 high velocity merge collector and offer a 13 lb weight saving. Their high-flow cats incorporate extremely expensive 200-cell genuine German imported catalytic converters which then offer a nice 12 lb weight savings.
We’re guessing this 458 Italia sounds wicked and hopefully we’ll see some video of it soon.
[Source: EVOMSit Facebook]
GALLERY: EVOMSit / FabSpeed Ferrari 458 Italia
With the Ferrari 458 Challenge official revealed just last week, we have come to expect plenty more Ferrari 458 Italia race cars coming around. Now as realistic as this Ferrari 458 Italia may look, it’s simply a render done by the uber-talented Jon Sibal. We all know = that inevitably there will be a Ferrari 458 Italia GT race car to replace the current F430 GT, so why not indulge ourselves in what it could potentially look like?
Jon had the luxury of seeing one of the first (if not the first) 458 Italia’s in Southern California in person. He was once again inspired to render up a 458 GT race car and we’re thankful he took the liberty to. He claims that this is just a “quickie” and for us to “excuse the roughness.” Huh? We couldn’t spot any flaws in his work even if we wanted to nitpick.
We have to admit, the 458 Italia is starting to really grow on us. In race car form it’s just looks straight sexy with its sleek and low profile. We can’t wait to see these hit the track!
GALLERY: Jon Sibal Ferrari 458 Italia GT Renders
[Source: Jon Sibal]