Periodically Ferrari takes one of their road cars and comes out with a little more race car oriented version. In the past they have had "challenge" versions of the V8 like the 348 Challenge. This car was designed for a "gentlemen-drivers" series of track events. It was replaced by the 355 challenge and then the 360 Challenge Stradale model, which at its heart was a race car. Now the top of this particular line is the 430 Scuderia.
Scuderia is the Italian word used by Ferrari to describe a racing team. And that is the heritage of this particular model. Michael Schumacher, perhaps the greatest living Formula One driver living, played an active role in the design and development of the 430 Scuderia. Ferrari pays him $10 million per year, so you can believe they took his advice on this car.
So what did the factory do to one of the greatest sports cars around, the Ferrari 430, and turn it into a beast? Well you can start with the engine. A 4,308cc (430 liter) DOHC 32 valve V8, which produces 503 horsepower at 8500 RPM, and 347 lb/ft at 5200 RPM. Not your family car numbers, but those approaching race car territory. One of the ratio numbers that some people look at is the weight per brake horsepower figure. This combines the vehicle's total weight divided by its horsepower. This gives you a number you can compare to other cars. Sometimes just a horsepower number can be misleading. Depending upon the total weight a given horsepower can mean a fast or a slow car. For the Ferrari the ratio is 6.1. The car weighs about 2,760 lbs which is about the weight of a Mazda 3. To put this in a little different perspective, I have a 1984 Ferrari with a ratio approaching 14 to 1, and it was considered a small super car in its day.
The 430 Scuderia is also fast.
Ferrari raised the price on this model to over $288,000 depending upon some trim items. The stock 430 is about $249,000. And in keeping with its purpose, they removed some items that you might expect in an almost $300,000 car. Do you need sound deadening materials? Nah, you want to hear the roar of the engine and the squeal of the tires when you charge around a corner. How about nice comfortable seats for long drives? Nope. You get racing seats and full seat belts for the track.
If you want a car with world class acceleration, then you also need one that will slow down and stop with the same enthusiasm. This one will. 15.7 inch carbon-ceramic front rotors haul this beauty down from 70 mph in just 143 feet.
Some cars are designed to look fast and make the driver feel important. But those cars are designed for "show" and not "go". The 430 Scuderia was designed by engineers and designers who follow the "form follows function" philosophy of automotive design. This car is beyond the reach of just about everyone, But it you are a driver, and have the wherewithal this Ferrari was made for you.