Ferrari has spent a lot of time developing the aluminum spaceframe of the 458 and special attention was paid to the joining and forming technologies. This doesn't only serve driving purposes, but also a crash safety one. We have to explain that the Spider is 30 percent less rigid than the Coupe, but it does provide the same level of rigidity regardless of the roof's position.
Unlike its predecessor, the 458 Spider doesn't have separated roll-bars. Thus, in the unpleasant event of a rollover, the buttressed behind the passenger cell act as a protection element.
The aforementioned buttresses include two reinforcements that are supported by a cross beam. The latter is responsible for the torsional rigidity of the chassis and it has been redesigned compared to the one in the Coupe. The new layout of the cross beam also provides a storage space behind the rear seats.
The 458's list of passive safety features goes on with four airbags, two frontal ones and two side ones for the torso and head. As for the active safety features, the 458 has an array of driving aids that work together very closely, thus offering reduced reaction times.
We are talking about the F1-Trac stability control, the E-Diff electronically-controlled LSD and the high-performance ABS, as well as the Pre-Fill feature of the braking system. The last one brings activates the cylinders in the calipers whenever the driver lifts off the gas. We'll go on with the LED daytime running lights, a tire pressure monitoring system and optional items such as Bi-Xenon adaptive headlights and run flat tires.Continue reading