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Ferrari's new V8 - the next F430 (2010)

By Georg Kacher/Tim Pollard

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27 October 2008 10:39

The Ferrari F430 replacement is known in Maranello as the F142 – and CAR has been piecing together the jigsaw on Ferrari's next V8 supercar. Unlike the current F430, which is an evolution of the 360 Modena built between 1999 and 2003, the follow-up is a brand-new design. 

Due in late 2009 or early 2010, it will be the first Ferrari to follow the blueprint set by the 2007 Mille Chili concept. That means the new model will be a little more compact and significantly lighter than the model it replaces. Good for economy, performance and handling...

A Ferrari Elise? I like the sound of that!

We're not talking Lotus levels of dieting here. But we expect the F142 to be lighter than the F430 Scuderia which tips the scales at 1250kg, so the next mid-engined V8 will not need a huge displacement or number of cylinders to deliver the goods.

Will it be the first turbocharged roadgoing Ferrari since the F40?

We're not sure yet about the planned powertrain for F142, but we keep hearing snippets that point to a turbocharged small displacement direct-injection V8. Blame the global obsession with cutting CO2 – smaller-capacity, turbo engines are in vogue for these ascetic times.

Like the new Ferrari California, the F142 will not be available as a soft-top Spyder anymore. In its place is an ultra-quick, ultra-light and ultra-compact power-operated top which consists of a perspex centre panel and a secondary element painted in body colour. Yes, the next F430 will be a CC coupe-convertible.

Also on the cards are semi-active aerodynamics, brake energy tapped for torque loss compensation during upshifts, a compact pushrod suspension and a so-called ballistic valve train for extra high-end grunt.

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