At a recent car show in St. Petersburg I had a chance to see and photograph my current favorite car in the world, the Ferrari 458 Italia. As I described in this other photography tip post on the Ferrari it is very hard to get good full car photographs at a car show. Therefore, I focused on detail shots more than showing the 458 Italia in full.
These flexible spoilers on the front facia of the Ferrari 458 Italia are designed to change shape at speed to improve downforce. In the middle of the rest of the matte black spoiler resides the Ferrari Prancing Pony logo.
One of the most striking design features of the 458 Italia is its elongated LED headlights. These are a new design element being featured on all new Ferraris (California, FF) and ad a distinctive look that to me signals a new generation of Ferrari. They are radical, but I like them even though the remind me of the head of an Alien from the Alien series of movies.
The taillights also contain LEDs but maintain the traditional circular Ferrari design, although they are in a single cluster, while the previous F430 model featured dual clusters. I prefer the dual design as a single cluster seems a bit small and in the middle of no where looking.
The rear of the 458 Italia is Spartan with just another Prancing Pony logo and the Ferrari nameplate on top of the engine cover. Not pictured is a triple, centered tailpipe cluster. For some reason I did not think to photograph those!
The engine cover is transparent showing off the massive V8 that looks more like something that would power a spacecraft rather than a mere automobile. Obviously the engine sounds even better than it looks.
Any supercar nowadays has to come with carbon ceramic brakes and usually brightly color brake calipers. The 458 Italia is no exception. The wheels themselves are a kind of generic pentastar looking design that seem conservative in comparison to the styling of the rest of the exterior.
Here again is the full side view photograph I made by cloning out many distractions. I may someday have a chance to properly photograph this particular 458 Italia as the owner did express interest at having photographs. I of course gave him my business card. Hopefully he will call soon!