July 4, 2014
Ferrari Wins Two More Awards
Vehicle manufactures not only build their cars to be competitive amongst the dozens of other companies, but also strive to catch the eye of organizations that hand out yearly awards.
To win an award in the automotive industry is a significant accomplishment, especially with the thousands of vehicles out there searching for a piece of the pie, so to speak.
Among the exotic super car competitors, many brands could be classified as producing award-winning automobiles. However, over the past few years, one has remained on top, at least in the engine department anyway.
Ferrari is one manufacturer that is no slouch when it comes to performance, style and public interest. This year, Ferrari has captured two awards for the engine used in the 458 supercar. The 4.5-L V-8 was chosen for the Performance Engine of the Year and the Above 4-L class award.
Every year, journalists from over 30 countries ponder which vehicle engines stand out among the competition and give awards to the best of the best.
Ferrari not only won these two awards this year, but also has captured them every year since 2011, giving the company eight awards in a four-year period. The 4.5-L won the award in 2011, 2012 and 2014, while the 2013 awards went to the V-12 engine of the F12 Berlinetta.
The 4.5-L V-8 has a record setting horsepower to liter ratio of 135 hp per liter in the 458 Speciale model. It is naturally aspirated and one of the most advanced powerplants ever built.
There are a lot of people that think that lower priced sports cars like the Corvette Stingray are a better car for the money. However, although the Ferrari costs tens of thousands more, the technology and engineering of the engines give it an impressive advantage.
I have found something interesting, when I have asked friends and co-workers if they could have any car out there, what would it be. More times than not, Ferraris were named. Meaning that if money was not an object, Ferrari would win out over any other manufacturer.
The current line of 458 models includes the 458 Italia, the 458 Spider and the award-winning 458 Speciale — a convertible version of the Speciale available soon. Each of these vehicles is powered by the 4.5-L with a range of horsepower from 562 to 605 and a red line of 9,000 rpm. This makes it one of the highest revving and horsepower producing, naturally aspirated engines made. The 2013 award-winning engine from the F12 Berlietta produce an impressive 740 hp and was also naturally aspirated.
The judges on the international panel praised the engine for its blend of sophisticated engineering, power, throttle response, precision, performance and efficiency.
“This is a fantastic result for everyone at Ferrari and reflects our commitment to continually developing our engines. The 4.5-litre in the new 458 Speciale has the highest specific output ever achieved with a naturally-aspirated, road-going engine — 135 hp per litre — along with even better efficiency and the razor-sharp performance our clients expect,” Vittorio Dini, Ferrari’s powertrain department head commented after receiving the awards.
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