2012 Ferrari 458 Italia Spider: Spectacular Steed

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The warranty on the 2012 Ferrari 458 Italia Spider is 2 years with unlimited mileage bumper to bumper plus free maintenance for 7 years or 87,500 miles.

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What initially impresses is Ferrari's lightning fast 4-second 0-100km/h acceleration and thrilling exhaust tone. As the occupants are pinned to the seats, the new generation 4.3-litre V8 pushes out 368 snarling kilowatts. Porsche's acceleration also offers that kick in the pants a super car should deliver, although it is 0.8 seconds slower at the 100 km/k mark.

You may think that this stripped-down F430 is a race-car, with its minimal curb weight and its 510 base horse power. You may be more convinced of its racing genes when you see the big, crude welds in the tight cockpit and the diamond-plate metal floors, sans carpeting. The switches are big and industrial - easier to access with your racing gloves on. And speed? The Scuderia makes 196 mph at the top end, which might further convince you that you are driving a race-car.

Additionally, the plastic rod that goes inside of the piping on the seats has slid almost completely out. Strange for the trim to start falling apart on a car of this price, but again, this will be taken care of the next time it is at the dealer.

Bridgehampton, New York was the second round of the inaugural Can Am Series. The 2.85 mile course located in eastern Long Island would be the first time that a Ferrariwould race in a Can Am event. Pedro Rodriguez was entered in a Dino 206S Coupe that September weekend. The young Mexican driver was able to achieve 22nd position on a grid filled with open-top sports racers powered by thundering American small block V-8s. The race would result in the little Ferrari not finishing due to the loss of a wheel. Rodriguez would appear again at Laguna Seca with the Dino, this time with a 18th place overall to show for his effort.

It may seem strange that the shoes that are similar in design to the dancing pumps of old are the ones designed to meet the needs of professional race drivers. The thin soles and sleek design of the shoe provide minimal interference between the driver and the pedals. With no distracting bulk to interfere he always knows exactly where his feet are.

If you bought a Ferrari, you likely made that purchase for investment reasons, you tell yourself. And that is likely true, but what is also true is that you bought it because you love to drive a sports car fast, it cannot be denied. If this describes your relationship to your Ferrari, and if you have had some race training and experience, then you might be ready to participate in the North American Ferrari Challenge Series for non-professional racers who are Ferrari owners competing in Ferrari racing against each other.

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