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Flexfuel Ferrari at the 2008 North American International Auto Show

In addition to the two conventional new models it brought to the North American International Auto Show in Detroit—the 430 Scuderia and the 599 GTB Fiorano—Ferrari also brought an E85 demonstration prototype which uses the F430 Spider as a base.

The flexfuel Ferrari F430 Spider.

The development of an E85 flexfuel engine comes as part of a research and development program announced during the Technological Innovation Conference held at Maranello last June as part of Ferrari’s 60th Anniversary Celebrations.

At that event, Ferrari also unveiled projects focused on improving the energy of the whole car which would in turn lower fuel consumption and emissions levels. The ultimate aim is to cut CO2 emissions by 40% by 2012.

Ferrari modified the F430 Spider’s fuel feed system and the engine CPU to allow the engine to use E85 at the same compression ratio as for gasoline. All of the other technical characteristics have remained unchanged with respect to a standard production engine. The use of E85 and the modifications have resulted in an increase of more than 10 hp in maximum power output (making it a 500+ hp vehicle) and of more than 4% in torque. Ferrari says that use of E85 results in a 5% drop in CO2 emissions.

The conventional 2008 F430 Spider sports a 4.3-liter flat crank V-8 that delivers 490 hp (360.3 kW) and a top speed of 193 mph with 0-60 acceleration in 3.9 seconds. Combined fuel consumption (European cycle) is 18.3 L/100km (13 mpg US) with CO2 emissions of 420 g/km.

Ferrari, which last year celebrated its 60th anniversary, had a very strong 2007, continuing the upward trend of the last few years. Ferrari delivered more than 6,400 cars in 2007, an increase of around 14% on 2006. There was a significant increase in sales in new markets such as Asia Pacific and the Middle East where growth was 50% and 32% respectively. A total of 177 cars were delivered in China.


s dogood

Please tell me that's a peel off sticker that says,"Bio Fuel"!? What's next a bright red notice across the Last Supper stating that, "This painting used no lead based dyes"? I applaud the effort but surely they could've gotten the word out without defacing a beautiful handcrafted masterpiece.


I just whinced at the realization of the fact, that some of the US SUV gas guzzlers are even more inefficient than such an extremely inefficient super-sports car. And it really makes me wonder, what those SUV do with all that fuel (spill on the highway by means of a dump valve?) 9 mpg is really a mind-boggling extreme high consumption number...


I wonder how many of these they will sell in the mid west corn country where E85 is actually available.

Gunner T. Fletcher

The f430 spider is a master peice of designs. Even though it is a simple trats. I believe it shows more integrety than most. Theres not much more i can say, but one day if give the opertonity i will design a ferrari that will change the way people think about ferrari givong a whole new eye opening apearance. GREAT JOB!

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