Ferrari’s lineup for this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed include the 458 Spider, making its UK debut at the event, and the new version of the California called 30. Ferrari is bringing these cars to Goodwood as their high performance V8 has just been nominated Best Performance Engine for the second year running. You’ll be hearing this V8 as it tackles the hill a couple of times during the festival.
In the Spider this 570 hp engine will enable you to go from 0 to 60 mph in 3.4 seconds and reach top speed of 199 mph. Then when you feel like cruising and having a good time, you press a button and the innovative lightweight top folds away in a sort of origami and you enjoy the wind in your hair.
As for the California, it’s the 2013 version that gets an extra 30 horsepower, hence the name, California 30. It has also shed 30 kg off its weight, so it’s more agile and nicer to driver than before. An optional Handling Speciale package has also been developed for the Ferrari California which encompasses modifications to the suspension set-up that minimise body roll and make the car even more responsive to driver inputs.
There’s some V12 action as well, as Ferrari is also bringing the FF. This is is Ferrari’s firs ever production car with four-wheel drive and a big rear hatch. The innovative 4RM system weighs 50 per cent less than a conventional four-wheel drive system and ensures perfect weight distribution (47:53) for the optimum driving performance that clients expect from a Ferrari, even for a Grand Tourer with four seats.
Ferrari is also represented by the Scuderia Ferrari team who will be demonstrating the 2010 F1 car throughout the weekend.