Ferrari Announces That All Of Its Cars Will Feature Ccm Brakes As Standard From
Ferrari has announced to the media and its clients at the Bologna Motor Show 2007 that Brembo brakes featuring carbon ceramic material (CCM) discs will be provided as standard on the entire Prancing Horse range from 2008.
Thanks to technological excellence unparalleled in sports car manufacturing, Ferrari is the world’s first car manufacturer to offer CCM technology as standard across its entire range. The Prancing Horse was also the first manufacturer to introduce CCM brakes five years ago on the Enzo Ferrari model and later began offering them to clients as a personalisation option on other models in the range.
The announcement of this latest development was made today by Ferrari’s General Manager Amedeo Felisa and Brembo Chairman Alberto Bombassei, during the press day at the Bologna Show. Ferrari’s decision comes as a result of the enhanced performance, durability and comfort offered by CCM brakes, their enormous popularity with clients (requests stand at over 85% for certain models), and a desire to underscore its technical leadership.
In a year in which Ferrari returned to winning form in F1, taking both the Constructor’s and Driver’s titles, the 430 Scuderia, a special series based on the F430, also makes its Italian debut at Bologna. The new car is an extremely high performance two-seater berlinetta brimming with Formula 1-derived content, and is flanked on the stand by a Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro single-seater to further highlight its close technological ties to the track.
In fact, the 430 Scuderia uses a traction control system (E-Diff + F1-Trac) similar to the F1’s and a gearbox with gearshifting times equal to those of the single-seater of just two years ago.
The F430 and the 599 GTB Fiorano, the most powerful production V12 car ever built at Maranello, also grace the Prancing Horse stand. On show too are the F430 Spider, which combines the
blistering performance of a thoroughbred sports car with the delights of a drop-top, and the 612 Scaglietti, the current GT flagship which features recently updated cabin and accessories, including the innovative Bose Media System.
The Prancing Horse will also be one of the most active protagonists in the Shell Arena, which is devoted to racing and exhibition driving. On Friday 7th December, our test-driver Luca Badoer will be putting a Ferrari Formula 1 car through its paces in a now-traditional exhibition complete with pit-stop simulations. The Ferrari Challenge Trofeo Pirelli cars will also be out on the track on Sunday for the now-classic culmination of its sporting calendar.
Braking system with Carbon Ceramic Material (CCM) discs
Braking systems that use carbon-ceramic material discs offer a host of advantages in terms of improved performance, durability and comfort, and are now considered an essential piece of kit for the kind of very high performance cars built by the Prancing Horse.
Brakes featuring CCM discs offer much more responsive braking as well as consistently excellent performance in intensive use. One of the most obvious advantages to adopting them is their exceptional fade resistance – fade in fact compromises the driver’s feeling of control when it comes to the pressure required on the brake pedal and responsiveness.
The CCM discs have a longer life under normal conditions, a fact that has clear financial advantages. Furthermore, even with continual track use, CCM brakes offer greater resistance to wear for better durability on track.
The CCM braking system also cuts around 15 kg off the car’s total weight which not only improves overall performance but also reduces unsprung mass and thus improves vehicle dynamics and ride comfort.
On the 430 Scuderia in particular, the CCM braking system is specifically designed for the car and has unique brake dimensions which are aligned with the car’s extreme performance characteristics. The diameter of the front discs has been increased (+18 mm vs the F430) which offers an improved effective radius and thus more efficient braking. Combined with specific 6-pot callipers, the front brake discs dissipate the extra heat created by the higher performance delivered by the 430 Scuderia.
Ferrari 430 Scuderia
Seven-times World Champion Michael Schumacher also contributed to the development of the 430 Scuderia which makes the most advanced Ferrari Formula 1 technologies available to our sportiest and most passionate clients.
A dry weight of 1250 kg and the 510 hp punched out at 8500 rpm by its naturally aspirated V8 engine guarantee the 430 Scuderia an absolutely extraordinary power-weight ratio of just 2.45 kg/hp which in turn means that it can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in a mere 3.6 seconds. The 430 Scuderia has a similar lap time at Fiorano to the Enzo, the Ferrari model that has come to epitomise the Prancing Horse’s philosophy of transferring Formula 1 technology to its road cars.
Thanks to its sophisticated aerodynamics, F1 SuperFast2 gearbox, and E-Diff combined with the sophisticated F1-Trac traction control system, this sporty new mid-rear engined berlinetta effortlessly combines superb handling with blistering performance, resulting in exceptional driving pleasure and handling both on the road and on the track. The integrated E-Diff and F1-Trac systems offers 40% more acceleration coming out of corners than a traditional traction and stability control system.
The 430 Scuderia also boasts the new Racing manettino which puts the emphasis firmly on track-specific sporty driving, giving the driver even more choice in terms of the traction control and vehicle dynamics set-up.
The “Carrozzeria Scaglietti” Personalisation Programme
Launched in 1997, the "Carrozzeria Scaglietti" Personalisation Programme allows Ferrari clients to enhance their car to suit their own personal tastes and requirements, making each one truly unique. There are four distinct personalisation areas: Racing and Track, Exteriors and Colours, Interiors and Materials, Equipment and Travel.
However, clients are also welcome to make “off-catalogue” requests. Since the days when Sergio Scaglietti himself first began collaborating with the Prancing Horse, our cars have been tailored to meet clients’ individual needs and nowadays almost 100% of Ferrari production include some personalisation options requested by their owners.
The Personalisation Programme was recently further extended to include the 430 Scuderia’s personality. The Racing and Track area in particular boasts carbon-fibre kits which help enhance the new model’s lightness and nimbleness. The headlamp body, boot lid, front spoiler, sill kick panels and diffuser are all available in this high tech material. Wheel rims in the colour now used in Formula 1 are also available and a carbon-fibre helmet specially designed for the model is also available to order.
Founded in 2005 to provide owners of classic Prancing Horse cars with a range of restoration, maintenance and technical assistance services as well as to issue authenticity certificates, Ferrari Classiche has thus far completed certification examinations on over 500 cars, using meticulous research methods and the original designs of the Prancing Horse’s historic cars themselves.
Ferrari Financial Services
Since its launch in early 2007 Ferrari Financial Services has been providing a series of services designed specifically to meet the diverse needs of owners of Ferraris of all kinds from those in the current range to historic and competition cars, including former F1 single-seaters. As a result our clients can now avail of personalised financing services which include, in the case of the 430 Scuderia package, driving courses designed in collaboration with Michael Schumacher who also contributed to the development of the car itself.
A year of success and celebration
2007 was a particularly important year for Ferrari. Not only did it bring the Company its 15th Formula World Championship Driver’s and Constructor’s titles but also marked the anniversary of its 60th year in business. Fittingly during this Anniversary year, Ferrari was also voted “Best Place to Work in Europe 2007”. End-of-year financial figures records also indicate a record 6,000-plus cars delivered and an operating result in the region of 15% revenues.
To put Ferrari’s performance in Formula 1 into context, the Prancing Horse has won no less than seven Constructors’ World titles in the last nine years and six Drivers’ titles in the last eight.
2007 was also an important year for the Company’s Brand Development activities with Ferrari Stores opened in Los Angeles, Barcelona, Al Kobar and Abu Dhabi. Further openings are planned for Singapore, Macao and Honolulu in early 2008. With regard to licensing, in addition to excellent performances by our consolidated partners, new agreements have also been signed with Dynastar and Lange (skis and ski boots) and Biciclo (bicycles for men, women and children in collaboration with Colnago).