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Thursday, August 2, 2012

Ferrari 458 Italia Manettino, Launch Control and Interior

Ferrari 458 Italia Manettino, Launch Control and Interior
 by: Passione Rossa

The 458 Italia is equipped with a racing manettino switch leading
toward more sporting set ups and giving the driver a wider selection
of electronic controls parameters. The ICE setting saw in the F430 has
been removed, while the CT setting has been added in order to
deactivate the traction control and at the same time maintain the
stability control. There are five different manettino positions and
conditions:
Low Grip
, Sport, Race, CT and CTS. Low Grip setting
provides maximum grip under all driving conditions, and it is
particularly suited for low grip surfaces. The emphasis is on comfort
and stability without compromising the handling. Sport is the best
setting for day to day driving and guarantees great safety under good
grip. Race is particularly suitable for track driving providing
maximum performance and stability in optimal grip situations. CT helps
the driver improving his driving skills in safety, by keeping active
the stability control. It allows over-steer right to the edge of the
car's limits and guarantees enhanced driving pleasure and fun behind
the wheel, particularly on the track. Under CTS setting, both
stability and traction control systems are deactivated, giving the
driver maximum freedom and control on the track. No electronic systems
intervene on the vehicle stability with the exception of E-diff3 and
ABS.

On the 458 Italia, the driver can decouple the suspension damping from
the electronic configuration selected on the manettino. The suspension
decoupling button offers improved "filtering" of uneven road surfaces
in order to improve performance and handling on uneven broken
surfaces, such as the ones at the N├╝rburgring race track.

The launch control button is instead designed to offer the best
possible acceleration from standstill. It delivers the maximum
possible torque to the ground and prevents wheel spin as the car
accelerates away. Its activation is indicated in the instrument panel.
To start using the Launch control, the manettino must be selected on
race, CT or CTS setting. With the car still at standstill, the driver
then needs to put the gearbox in manual, selects first gear, pushes
the launch control, presses the accelerator pedal and then releases
the brake pedal.

The stylistic interior choices developed by Ferrari Centro Stile
reflect a functional, ergonomic cockpit design. The driver is set in
the center of a streamlined and intuitive layout, which is very much
in line with the marquee's signature styling cues

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