Ferrari F8 Tributo, an eight-cylinder that warms the soul



Presented at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, in the midst of a flourishing period for the Maranello-based car manufacturer, which has been setting production records for years, the Ferrari F8 Tributo represents the latest evolution of the eight-cylinder mid-engined berlinetta.


From the name it is clear how Ferrari wanted to pay homage to its long tradition, creating this type of car characterized by a V8 engine in a central position: a myth within a myth, born in 1975 with the 308 GTB.


In particular, the tribute is for the F154 engine, elected for three consecutive years, in 2016, 2017 and 2018, the international engine of the year, and in the latter it is even recognized as the best engine of the twenty years.


The analysis can only start from its heart, a twin-banked 90-degree V8, IHI bi-turbo, 3.902 cm³ engine, capable of delivering 720 horsepower at 8.000 rpm, a specific power of 185 horsepower per liter and a maximum torque of 770 Nm at 3250 rpm.



The engine, called F154 CG, is the same as the 488 Pista, and represents the most powerful V8 ever made by the Maranello car manufacturer.


To achieve this performance, it draws directly from the experience of Formula One, using titanium connecting rods, specific intake manifolds with optimized fluid dynamics, sensors aimed at reducing turbo lag, and exhaust manifolds in Incosel, an austenitic nickel-based superalloy. chrome.


The braking system is supplied by Brembo, consisting of carbon-ceramic discs, equipped with six brake pistons at the front and four at the rear, while the calipers have an innovative design, in order to reduce the weight of the suspended masses.


Electronics also play a fundamental role on the new berlinetta: in fact, for a total driving experience, the driver can raise his seat and improve his driving level in relative safety, thanks to the use of electronic programs designed by Ferrari itself. , including traction and lateral slip control, called Side Slip Angle Control 6.1, and the introduction of the Ferrari Dynamic Enhancer system, a program that allows you to control drift, now also available in Race mode, in the usual lever placed on the steering wheel.



To complete the driving aid sector there is also the Adaptive Performance Launch, which allows you to optimize torque in any road surface conditions.


Another key aspect of the project is represented by the aerodynamics, which is able to guarantee a fifteen percent more load than the previous 488 GTB, especially thanks to studies concentrated in the area of ​​the S-duct, the diffuser, and the spoiler rear.


Aerodynamics obviously also affect the exterior design of the car.


In fact, the team led by Flavio Manzoni tries to balance the technical contents with aesthetic elements capable of giving a precise identity to the car, without forgetting the tradition and history of the Maranello Red.



The best example of this stylistic technical balance is clearly visible in the front, where the nose resembles that of a shark, and can be broken down into two elements:


  • The upper component, designed according to the S-duct, sharp and minimalist, consists of horizontal LED headlights that allow you to integrate the air intakes very cleanly;

  • And the lower part, which is more elaborate and devoted to aerodynamic function, without in any case losing its charm.


The central support element, which connects these two components, is reminiscent of those used in Formula One single-seaters, but the historic pride of the Prancing Horse does not stop there.


There are many quotes that recall the classics of the Red, including the rear window made of Lexan, characterized by vent slits for the exit of hot air from the engine, which clearly recall the slits present on the F40, and the return to the four round headlights that recalls the shapes of the 308 GTB, while the arrangement, with the headlights drowned in the bodywork, refers to that used in the past in the F430.


As for the interior, the focus is more on an evolution rather than a revolution: in fact, the cockpit has the same layout as the more recent eight-cylinder berlinettas, used since the 458 Italia.


The updates, on the other hand, mainly concern a seven-inch touch screen for the passenger, round air vents, a reduced diameter steering wheel, and the latest generation interface system called Human Machine Interface.



In addition to this, the steering wheel has been slightly reduced in size compared to previous models, in order to increase its steering precision, while the control panel is perfectly presents the philosophy that led to the creation of the F8.


We are talking about classic elements, merged into technological evolution, with an analog speedometer, sandwiched between two small displays, on which various information relating to driving is displayed.


This concentrate of technology and style materializes in first-rate performances:


  • From 0 to 100 Km/h in 2.9 seconds;

  • From 0 to 200 km/h in 7.8 seconds;

  • And a top speed of 340 km/h.


Data that certify that the F8 Tributo is the state-of-the-art representation of the eight-cylinder mid-engined berlinetta concept, and a worthy tribute, not only in name, to a Cavallini dynasty that marked the history of the Maranello brand.


In September 2019, the equivalent open version made its debut, the Spider, which has a retractable hard top up to 45 km/h, and has a weight reduction of twenty kilograms compared to the previous 488 Spider model that it is destined to replace. while the mechanics are practically unchanged.


DATA SHEET


Two door

Central rear engine position

Rear-wheel drive

Size and Weights


Length 4611 mm

Width 1979 mm

Height 1206 mm

Front track 1677 mm

Rear track 1646 mm

Weight in running order 1435 Kg

Tank 78 liters

Luggage compartment 200 liters

Engine


90° bi-turbo V8

Monobloc in aluminum alloy

Aluminum alloy head

Distribution four valves per cylinder, with double overhead camshaft

Bore and stroke 86.5x83.0 mm

Displacement 3902 cm³

Power supply Bosch Direct Electronic Injection


Mechanics


Power 530 Kw/720 hp at 8.000 rpm

Specific Power 1,85 hp/liter

Torque 770 Nm at 3,250 rpm

Ferrari F1 automatic transmission, seven-speed double clutch + RM


Frame


Front brakes with 398 mm diameter Brembo CCM-R carbon-ceramic discs, self-ventilated and perforated, with six-piston calipers

Rear brakes with 360 mm diameter Brembo CCM-R carbon-ceramic discs, self-ventilated and perforated, with four-piston calipers

245/35 ZR 9.0 J front tires

Rear tires 305/30 ZR 20 11.0 J

Twenty-inch wheels


Performance declared


Maximum speed 340 Km/h

Acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in 2.9 seconds, and from 0 to 200 km/h in 7.8 seconds


Luca Saitta

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