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Novitec TuLesto: more than just another tuned F430
Novitec TuLesto

The orange monster you see here is the second coachbuilt Ferrari F430 known to man, after Fioravanti's SP1. It hasn't actually been built yet, but by presenting these 3D-renderings of the TuLesto, German Ferrari tuners Novitec attempt to promote themselves from tuner to coachbuilder.

The set of 3D-renderings is made by a young freelance designer from Italy, Luca Serafini. Serafini had been window dressing some of his design experiments on the internet for some time and eventually seemed to have attracted Novitec's attention. Now Novitec have anounced they will build a batch of 11 cars with Luca's design.

In their press release Novitec don't mention the Ferrari name, nor do they state the TuLesto is based on the F430, but it is quite clear what we're dealing with here by looking at the renderings. Novitec did not just cut some extra holes or added some agressive looking tupperware to make it look like a caricature racing car like themselves and many other ordinary tuners were common to do... No, in this case they performed a total restyling.

Novitec TuLesto

As in nowaday's coachbuilding tradition Novitec have worked around the stressed chassis structure, which means the greenhouse (windscreen, side windows, A- and B-pillars) remained identical to the donor F430. Besides that, almost all body parts are replaced by newly styled carbon fiber panels, except for the door panels. The TuLesto still has those typical twin air intakes and narrow outlets near the front wheels, but they are incorporated in a completely restyled bumper. The more curvatious new front wings have been given some sharp lines  which find their answer in the rear panels. The line just above the front wheel matches the small triangle in the standard door panel.

Novitec TuLesto

Unlike the multimillion dollar SP1 by Fioravanti, the TuLesto has been given a new set of head lights matching the overall design. Novitec reused the actual light bulbs, but remodelled the surrounding unit including the set of daytime running LEDs.

Novitec TuLesto

The roof panel has been given a large scoop running through a newly styled rear window. When you look from the front you can see this scoop being anounced by two curves in the front hood panel. The roof scoop replaces the two intakes in the side panels, giving the side profile a much cleaner look and fixing some aerodynamic and thermal issues at the same time. The rear view mirrors have been redesigned and relocated to the door panel and the side skirts have been altered as well.

Novitec TuLesto

Taking a look at the rear end, you won't see much that still says F430. The rear wings, bumper and bonnet are all new and pretty distinctive looking. Where Ferrari tried their best not to add a bolt-on rear spoiler, Novitec didn't seem to mind adding one. The rear is dominated by two outlets near the newly designed tail lights. These outlets may look a bit over the top, but they actually make sense, because they help reducing lift by letting the hot air flow out of the rear wheel arches. The same goes for the narrow gap behind the front wheels.

Novitec TuLesto

Because Novitec is a tuner, it is important to mention the enhanced performance figures. These are calculated figures based on their 'standard' tuned F430, of course. The tuned dual supercharged V8 engine produces a maximum power output of 777 hp / 571.8 kW at 8,200 rpm and a peak torque of 727 Nm at 6,300 rpm. The 0 to 100 km/h sprint takes about 3.4 seconds, and the TuLesto is expected to reach 300 km/h after 22.6 seconds. Top speed is calculated to be more than 350 km/h. There... that's said.

Novitec TuLesto

Now, let's assume this TuLesto will actually be built and sold in a series of eleven cars. What would Ferrari say? We all know by now the Italian company doesn't like others to modify their products, especially when the technique is being upgraded and when the modifying company is not of Italian origin. For their 'Portfoilio program' Ferrari agreed to work with a selection of coachbuilders in exchange of a piece of the pie, while maintaining control over the ultimate result. Read more about this here.

It is quite certain the Novitec TuLesto will not be sanctioned by Ferrari. Novitec is not Italian, they can't take their hands off the technique and it is quite certain Novitec is not willing to make any compromises to meet Ferrari's demands ($$).
So... the TuLesto will never be badged with the prancing horse. But who cares?

Novitec TuLesto

Novitec has not mentioned the TuLesto's price yet, but it is to be expected it will be a lot cheaper than the one-off SP1 by Fioravanti, which had cost at least two million euros. With this Novitec modified F430 you get a one-of-eleven coachbuilt special with improved performance figures, built in Germany, designed by an unknown young stylist, but without an expensive badge. Where the SP1 was delivered with a standard set of F430 Scuderia wheels, Novitec gives you a special set of wheels as a bonus.

What will you do? Would you be willing to invest in this German-Italo-one-of-eleven-extramarital-bastard? Or would you rather wait for the upcoming one-of-multi-thousand all new Ferrari F450?

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Novitec TuLesto


 
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