Chris Harris video: Ferrari 458 Spider


Someone lent me the car. That's all I'm going to say.

And, at the end of the day, it's my job to drive stuff and make films, so in much the same way I wouldn't ask Mila Kunis who she'd spent the previous night with, I don't really care where the cars come from. In this case I think the car in question belongs to Ferrari. The company which doesn't necessarily want me driving its cars.

Driven like it but not *actually* stolen, promise
Driven like it but not *actually* stolen, promise
But this needs to be about the 458 Spider, nothing else.

It's a bit of a triumph this car. On paper it's heavier and less rigid than an Italia, but you wouldn't know it from the way it drives.

I'm about a year late with this stuff, for obvious reasons, so it seemed that the only thing left to do with the Spider was to drive it like I'd stolen it. After all, that's the only way you really discover if a car has balance. Watching the first edit, it struck me that I happened to look like I'd stolen it too, which sort of adds to the theft theme.

I still cannot believe it is possible to drive a mid-engined Ferrari in this manner. If, in 1990, you'd tried it in a 348, you would have either experienced a life-changing pirouette or death. Or both. On a trailing throttle you can play with the angles in this car and it's just so controllable.

Bottom line: the 458 Spider is quite the tool
Bottom line: the 458 Spider is quite the tool
I still don't much like the way Ferrari deals with us, the great unwashed, but I will never let that stand in the way of saying their cars are excellent when they are excellent.

The 458 Spider is one of those cars.

Enjoy the vid.

 

 

 

 

 

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  • PiB 03 Feb 2013

    I don't know . . .

    This is how (where) you need to properly test a car of that power instead of a go kart track Harris fooled around on.

    http://youtu.be/2Q3GK3uX4tU

  • Niffty951 03 Feb 2013

    I'm not sure what's more impressive Chris's driving of the ferrari or a piston heads thread that still remains positive after 10 pages.

    Amazing what possitive effects a bit of hoonage can have. Beautiful clip by the way. Elegant hoonage not wkerish ragging.

  • cerb4.5lee 03 Feb 2013

    5paul5 said:
    cerb4.5lee said:
    Great video Chris thumbup & boy do I wish I could drive like you, excellent car control & the sound of that engine is epic, fantastic 5 mins worth of entertainment smile
    You probably could if you were in his position, in fact i suspect most of us could.
    I appreciate the vote of confidence Paul thumbup we need to get out there & get some practice in! driving

  • 5paul5 03 Feb 2013

    cerb4.5lee said:
    Great video Chris thumbup & boy do I wish I could drive like you, excellent car control & the sound of that engine is epic, fantastic 5 mins worth of entertainment smile
    You probably could if you were in his position, in fact i suspect most of us could.

  • TobyTR 02 Feb 2013

    Charlie Michael said:
    Stuart said:
    Respectfully, I disagree. No harm was done to the car (OK, so maybe the rear tyres were prematurely aged) and Chris has a huge amount of mechanical sympathy. As the video demonstrates, the car can be driven like that in the right hands, it's just that you'll never see a Ferrari promotional video in which it is. There have been no complaints about the video at all from Ferrari - the car does after all come out of it looking rather stellar.
    I wonder if perhaps the Ferrari-Chris relationship might now be better for future road tests?
    We'll see him back in a Ferrari press car in the not-too-distant future... wink

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