For car racers and sports enthusiasts, weight is everything. Well, this factor is important particularly for sports vehicle. Minimizing the weight allows the automakers to built vehicles that have excellent handling ability, accelerate quicker, and good stopping capability. Weight is the reason why it allows the vehicles like the Ariel Atom and Caterham to stand out and outperform other well-known powerful as well as costly vehicles, despite of their less powerful engines and smaller size. So there’s no question why most car owners traded their fancy cars for this one and some of them even put their rides on diet.

And because of the good results that these “reducing stuffs” have made for the automobiles, Ferrari has also participated in such practice. And because of this, they have built excellent lines of lightweight versions of their street cars, most recently with the mid-engined F360 Modena. One of the most outstanding make is the Challenge Stradale that acquires its name from a one-make, one-model racing series of which it participated in, offered improved performance by cutting out mass wherever possible. This one spectacular racer model happens to be one of the most awaited versions of the car built. Actually, when the F430 Challenge race series was launched, car enthusiasts have been anticipating Ferrari to introduce their road going version. Well, they finally have it and have the name “Scuderia”. Sounds like a girl’s name. This car takes the weight reduction to the extremes. It is a lightweight sports car that has 100 kg (220 lbs) worth of insulation and unnecessary luxuries taken out of what was previously a regular version, but that’s not where the difference ends. The new car sees the astonishing 4.3-litre V8 churn out 510 horsepower, a gain of 27 horsepower over the standard version, with the added bonus of a sky-high redline of 8,500 rpm. With the amazing features that this car possessed, it will definitely be a big hit on the market. This car will be launched on the upcoming auto show launch, Michael Schumacher, Ferrari’s ex-F1 superstar will be introducing it to the media on September 11th.

~ by khia0486 on April 16, 2008.

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