Ferrari to Auction-Off Last F430 to Aid Italian Earthquake Victims

Ferrari has announced that it will auction off the rights to the very last F430 to roll off the assembly line and donate the proceeds to help citizens of the Abruzzo region that was devastated during the April 6th earthquake in Italy.

Rights to the car will be on the block at a special Ferrari-themed RM Auction this Sunday, however, the car itself will not be built until the end of the year.

The 490hp F430 will come with a special two-tone paint job using the traditional colors (red and blue) of Aquila, the city hardest hit by the earthquake. The owner will then be invited to the Ferrari factory in Maranello to chose the remaining options on the car. Ferrari has said it will toss in several pricey options from its Carrozzeria Scaglietti catalog.

The Italian exotic will come with a certificate signed by Ferrari Chairman, Luca di Montezemolo and a special dedication plaque.

This news also marks the first admission by Ferrari that F430 production will end this year, making the arrival of a concept to succeed the impressive exotic at the Frankfurt Auto Show this Fall almost certain.

Official release after the jump:

Press Release

Maranello, 12 May 2009 – Ferrari has announced that it will offering a very special car at the RM Auction due to be held this coming Sunday. The car, the very last F430 to leave the production line towards the end of this year, will be auctioned to raise funds for rebuilding in Abruzzo, central Italy, which was devastated by the earthquake on the 6th of April. Ferrari will liaise with the local authorities to ensure that the funds will go towards the most needy.

The F430 will feature a special two-tone livery which recalls the traditional colours of Aquila, the city most hit, and will be consigned with a certificate signed by Ferrari Chairman, Luca di Montezemolo, with a personalised dedication plate to commemorate the generous donation.

The client adjudicating the car will be invited to Maranello to choose the final specifications and Ferrari has also offered to equip the car with a number of options from its extensive Carrozzeria Scaglietti catalogue.

First launched in 2004, the F430 represents the peak of Ferrari’s development of the mid- engined V8 berlinetta. Every inch of the car was inspired by the engineering research carried out at Ferrari’s Gestione Sportiva F1 racing division. The result is a highly innovative car that offers outstanding performance thanks to cutting-edge technology, such as the electronic differential (E-Diff ), initially developed by Ferrari for its F1 single- seaters, and the manettino switch on the steering wheel which directly governs the vehicle’s dynamic set-up.

Technical specificationsTechnical specificationsTechnical specificationsTechnical specifications Engine type   90° V8 Total displacement  4308 cc Compression ratio  11.3:1 Maximum power  360.3 kW** (490 CV) at 8500 rpm Maximum torque  465 Nm (343 lb/ft) at 5250 rpm Gearbox   F1 paddle shift Kerb weight   1450 kg (3196 lbs)* Length    4512 mm (177.6 in) Width    1923 mm (75.7 in) Height    1214 mm (47.8 in) Wheelbase   2600 mm (102.4 in) Maximum speed  over 315 km/h (196 mph) 0-100 km/h (62 mph) 4.0 s Fuel consumption 15.2 l/100 km* (combined cycle) CO2 emissions  345 g/km* (combined cycle)

* European market version ** For reasons of homogeneity, engine power is expressed in kW, in accordance with the International System of Units (SI). The brake horse power (bhp) can be calculated as follows: 1 kW = 1.34 bhp

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