The top has come off the Ferrari 430 Scuderia in honor of the brand's victory in the 2008 Formula 1 Constructor's World Championship. Ferrari has announced that it will offer only 499 examples of this lightweight high-performance drop-top.
The Scuderia Spider 16M will be available in two new color schemes. The standard will be black and grey, but true racers at heart will opt for a tricolor livery available as part of the Carrozzeria Scaglietti Personalisation Programme. In commemoration of Ferrari's 16th Constructor's World title the rear grille will sport a special badge.
Inside, a plaque reading "limited series" is mounted just above the air vents at the center of the dashboard. Other features specific to the limited edition include a carbon-fiber roll bar and the implementation of a next generation audio system that can be paired with a customized Ferrari 16GB iPod Touch that can be docked right in front of the dash.
Having Scuderia in the name implies that this car isn't all show and no go. It tips the scales at just 2,954 lbs which is 132 lbs lighter than a F430 Spider. Behind the cockpit resides the sweet-sounding 4.3-liter V-8 cranking out 510 horsepower and linked to the quick-shifting six-speed F1-style gearbox. That 5.7 lb/hp ratio is good for a 0-62 time of only 3.7 seconds and a top speed of 195 mph.
Ferrari says the Scuderia Spider 16M is the fastest open-top road car around the Fiorano circuit yet, and with those numbers posted above, we'd believe it. Pricing for this piece of history is yet to be announced. Also missing from the press release is the number of examples that will be making across the pond.