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Chris Harris Drives The Ferrari 458 Italia Spider: Video 31
Posted by Kurt Ernst in Automotive, Editorial, Ferrari, ferrari 458 italia spider, Kurt, video on 01 31st, 2013
458 Italia Spider

458 Italia Spider

Fans of British auto journalist and racer Chris Harris know he has a love / hate relationship with Ferrari. He admires the Maranello automaker’s ware so much that he recently bought a Ferrari 599 on the used market. On the other hand, he doesn’t necessarily respect Ferrari, since it tends to supply (its hand-chosen) automotive journalists with, um, “improved” products.

In other words, the 458 Italia tested by Road & Track is likely to be a bit faster than the one you can buy from your local Ferrari dealer. When Harris made the mistake of revealing this inconvenient truth, he was hastily removed from the list of Ferrari-approved journalists. Harris bought a 599, then, as it was the only way for him to drive a prancing horse on a regular basis.

When recently “sublet” a Ferrari-owned 458 Italia Spider, Harris knew that a conventional review wouldn’t do the job. After all, the car has been on the market for a year or so, and everything that could be said about the strength of it’s 570 horsepower V-8 engine and impressively stiff chassis has already been penned. There are plenty of Ferrari-approved beauty shots and inspirational videos, but Ferrari 458 Italia Spider hoonage videos are in short supply, something Harris decided to address.

If you’re looking for a video review of the car, this clip isn’t going to do it for you. If, on the other hand, you want to see a 458 Italia Spider driven at its limits of adhesion, tail thrown sideways in glorious displays of oversteer, this is the video to watch.

If Harris was blacklisted by Ferrari before filming this spot, we’re pretty sure he’s earned a lifetime ban with this particular video.

Watch A Ferrari 458 Italia Drive The Greatest Road In The World: Video 9
Posted by Kurt Ernst in Automotive, Ferrari, ferrari 458 italia spider, Kurt, Stelvio Pass, video on 08 9th, 2012

Ferrari’s 458 Italia Spider demonstrates oversteer on the Stelvio Pass

The roads in Northern Italy, just south of the Swiss and Austrian borders, are among the best in the world for drivers. While the entire region offers up an embarrassment of riches, no road is more renown than the one up Stelvio Pass, which was named by Top Gear as “The Greatest Driving Road in the World.”

With some 48 hairpin corners on the eastern side of the pass alone, many linked by relatively long and straight stretches of asphalt, the Stelvio pass will test the handling and braking ability of any car, truck or motorcycle (or bicycle, as the route is often used in Italian cycling events). We’d jump at the chance to drive it a blandmobile rental car, so we can only imagine what its like to drive a Ferrari 458 Italia Spider on it.

Actually, we can do one better: thanks to Car and Driver’s YouTube channel, we can show you video of its European correspondent, Jethro Bovingdon, driving that very car on the Stelvio Pass. It’s eleven and a half minutes of pure Euro-Ferrari-porn, and worth every second of viewing time. Maximize the video, turn up the volume, sit back and enjoy a brief trip to Italy in a Ferrari.