Gloucestershire based super-tuner Litchfield has announced details of its enhancement packages for the Ferrari 458. The improvements add a significant increase in power and torque throughout the rev range, as well as a superb soundtrack to an already brilliant exhaust note.
The firm’s new Ferrari 458 package has been developed after many months and miles of testing, in response to many 458-owning clients that wanted to give their cars a little more performance in all areas. In Litchfield’s ‘static’ dyno tests, none of the customer 458s tested were able to match the ‘dynamic’ road-test data figures. In order to give these clients additional performance, they developed a carefully balanced remap and exhaust package that ultimately delivers an additional 44 bhp and 17 lbft of torque over the standard offering, as well as consistent gains across the Ferrari’s significant power band.
Having developed many conversions for the 458 Speciale, Litchfield used the trusted basis of the Akrapovič exhaust system. Not only does this finely crafted system result in a useful 14.2kg weight loss overall when compared to the factory exhaust, but it also adds a purposeful, sonorous howl to proceedings thanks to its precision titanium construction. When allied to the carefully configured ECU re-map, its superior flow characteristics and CNC mandrel bent curves help to take the 458 from its original 519 bhp on the Litchfield dyno right up to a genuine 551 – a transformation that is truly noticeable from the driver’s seat.
A recommended addition to this transformation is to uprate the original brake hoses with Goodridge motorsport items. These aerospace quality stainless steel braided hoses have a greater wall integrity than the factory offerings, which translates into a much more positive and precise brake pedal, inspiring confidence during fast road or track driving and giving perfect pedal modulation for ultimate feedback.
The final finishing touch comes in the form of a precision alignment. Here, under the watchful eye of the same technicians that have guided the company and its clients to multiple Time Attack, sprint, race and drag victories, the 458’s chassis is aligned to Litchfield’s own special ‘fast road’ settings to ensure that each tyre has the perfect contact patch with the road, as well as creating the optimum steering and chassis geometry to give the car precise, yet benign handling.
The result is a car that maintains is perfect factory good looks, but packs a much more rewarding and involving punch for its driver.
The cost of the entire package is priced at £11,995.00 ex VAT.
For more details, please click to http://www.litchfieldimports.co.uk/ferrari/458#