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The Maranello engineers relied on their extensive F1 and track experience to completely restructure the 458 Italia machine's interface, providing a truly ergonomic driver-oriented cockpit to make a machine a natural extension of the driver's body and hands. In the Ferrari 458 Italia, all the vehicle's main controls are now clustered directly on the steering wheel, while secondary functions are set in two satellite tracks on either side of the dash. The panel in front of the driver contains extensive instrument screens that enable the driver to fully concentrate on driving and thus represent another important safety component.
The removal of the steering column mounted stems and the clustering of the steering wheel controls allows the driver to make any adjustments or changes with his hands fixed to the rim. This is another example of a track-derived feature boasted by 458 Italia, ensuring that the car achieves maximum performance in all driving conditions. The F1 gear units are now more functional and ergonomic as they increase in size and are also independent of steering, which makes them easier and more convenient to use.
Ferrari 458 Italia has carbon-ceramic discs that help save five kilos compared to similar high-performance traditional cast iron brakes. The power brake pump has been dimensioned to match the increased size of discs and ensure adequate response to the pedal. The CCM system ensures constant pedal movement even under repeated braking conditions and also gives rise to rough use, as on the track. Faster response to the pedal also ensures a shorter stopping distance.
458 Italy's modular space frame chassis has been completely renovated and consists of castings, profiles and panels. The technology and aluminum material behind the chassis originate from the aerospace industry, which significantly contributed to reducing car weight and maximizing performance. For example, the torsional stiffness is 15 percent higher than the F430, while the beam stiffness is 5 percent higher. The engineers have also focused on improving quality control and minimizing assistance time. A result that is achieved by adopting high pressure molding processes that enable minimization of the number of components and by including removable sub-assemblies in the engine compartment. The same techniques used for the chassis have also been extended to aluminum body shells, doors, bonnet and engine covers to ensure the same material benefits and manufacturing innovations.