Novitec Rosso not only tailors a thrilling designer suit made from lightweight clear coated carbon fiber for the Ferrari 458 Spider. Superlight forged wheels in a unique staggered 21 and 22 inch combination together with a sophisticated suspension system featuring hydraulic ride-height adjustment make the drop-top sports car even more dynamic. In addition, there is a power increase to 609 hp and an equally lightweight high-performance exhaust system with sound management by means of a butterfly valve.
Carbon fiber is not only the top choice in Formula 1 racing, but also for the Novitec Rosso aerodynamic-enhancement components for the Ferrari 458 Spider. The designers concentrated not merely on striking looks, but first and foremost on aerodynamic efficiency, which was fine tuned in the wind tunnel of the University of Stuttgart. The standard front fascia is upgraded with a two-piece front spoiler and side flaps for further reduced lift at high speeds. To round out the carbon fiber look the wings in the air scoops and the ventilation grilles in the front fenders are also manufactured from this material. Tasteful carbon fiber covers on the exterior mirrors complete the ensemble.
Novitec Rosso carbon fiber sill skirts can give the two-seater an even more sporty side appearance. Also made from this high tech material are the Novitec Rosso diffuser and the bezel surrounding the rear fog lamp. To generate even more downforce on the rear axle the Spider can be upgraded either with a tasteful rear spoiler lip or a rear wing both made from carbon fiber as well. Further Novitec Rosso styling features are black taillights, which are also emphasized visually with carbon-fiber bezels, black side markers and the black auxiliary LED brake light. The new Novitec Rosso NF4 forged wheels perfectly combine visual assets with increased driving dynamics thanks to reduced unsprung weight. To give the Ferrari even more of a wedge shaped appearance a staggered tire and wheel combination with diameters of 21 and 22 inches was developed.
Another Novitec Rosso high tech development is the hydraulic suspension system for the 458 Spider. At the push of a button in the cockpit the front of the car can be raised by 40 millimeters to navigate safely past curbs or to enter an underground parking garage. At a second push of the button or automatically upon reaching a speed of 80 km/h the front reverts to its original position. In addition, Novitec Rosso sport springs lower the ride height of the Spider by some 35 millimeters. It goes without saying that the standard damper adjustment of the 458 Spider is retained fully. Novitec Rosso sport sway bars are available to further minimize body roll in fast corners and to improve turn in.
In order to perfectly coordinate the interaction of all high-performance components the engine conversion also comprises newly programmed engine electronics with custom mapping for ignition and injection. After the conversion the engine produces a peak power of 609 hp at 9,100 rpm and a peak torque of 420 lb/ft at 5,400 rpm. Even more important for day-to-day driving situations are the even more aggressive throttle response and the moderately higher redline speed for further improved shift points. The Ferrari 458 Spider with Novitec Rosso engine tuning reaches a top speed in excess of 201 mph.