“imagine the noise you’d get if you put Chewbacca’s tackle in a blender, and that’s what the Ferrari’s V8 sounds like when it comes on cam. It is Brilliant!”
Instantly the small Ferrari feels right; light, keen, wieldy, and explosively fast, it is everything you would expect of a mid-engined Italian.
The F430 is, unquestionably, the pinnacle.
The way it drives is every bit as special as the spec sheet promises, the gearbox hammering through its ratios at lightning speed, V8 soundtrack ricocheting off the Welsh hills, grin irremovably planted on driver’s face. It’s a more urgent experience than the Diablo promises, tangibly more special than the R8, and absolutely everything a Ferrari should be.
Even when it oversteered on the cold tarmac, which it did a couple of times, the compact size and beautifully-judged steering was so good it just wasn’t intimidating.
“The thing with the Ferrari is the sound. I was following two cars behind in the Renault, wearing a helmet, and I could hear it perfectly. Just awesome.”
Laban sums the F430 up in typically succinct style: “It’s still the one with all the magic.” As the pictures prove, it would look great on a skiing holiday too. (ferrari.co.uk)