• Jul 22nd 2010 at 7:24PM
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Ferrari 458 GT by Jon Sibal – Click above for high-res image

Brace yourself for big ol' dose of sexy. Ferrari hasn't exactly made a secret that this is the last year for the F430 GT in the American Le Mans Series. With its days numbered, more than a few souls have begun meditating on what will come next for the Prancing Horse's ALMS teams. Most have settled on the notion that the new 458 Italia will make its way to the paddock in race guise, resulting in a 458 GT. Fortunately for us, one of those contemplative souls just happens to be the design guru Jon Sibal.

Sibal worked up a quick rendering of what the new bruiser would look like, and we have to say we're smitten. The lunging lines of 458 Italia lend themselves well to an even more low-slung race stance. Throw in a few aerodynamic tweaks, a new set of shoes and proper rubber and you've got a genuine heart throb. Sibal says the rendering is just a quick shot at what the car looks like – we'd can't wait to see what happens when he takes his time with the car.

[Source: Jonsibal]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks nasty, in a good way!
      • 5 Years Ago
      this guido nonsense has no appeal when you know what electric drive can do.
      it's jersey shore tech. get with the program Ferrari. or perish
        • 5 Years Ago
        IM31408, I believe he says the range of that car is 150miles, granted not under racing conditions, but don't race cars refuel during a race? so why can't EVs swap batteries? humm?
        besides a 1000km range EV is not hard to make as Racing Green Endurance team has shown with their converted Radical RS8
        I'm not forgetting anything and certainly not the global warming that threatens all coastal cities of the world nor am I forgetting the impending peak oil crisis nor dependence on wars to ensure oil supply.

        think people

        and the Wrightspeed X1 is only the beginning. it has a relatively weak powerplant and 4 times stronger is not hard without increasing mass significantly. 4 times stronger than 3 seconds to 100km/h..
        and power doesn't cost much in EVs. every man could own a Ferrari eater

        • 5 Years Ago
        The equivalent of refueling a petrol car is recharging batteries. Have fun sitting in the pit lane for hours. If you want to change the whole battery system you might as well have cars run on compressed air and switch in air tanks. Hell of a lot cleaner than those chemical batteries too.

        You know, crashes are pretty common in racing. If one such electric vehicle would crash and god forbid catch fire, you just did nature more damage than the whole fleet of petrol race cars put together.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'm just an intelligent car guy. I want an intelligent car. I don't want these primitive overpriced slow guido cars. take a look at the video and you'll see that I'm not against cars. just thoughtless ones
        • 5 Years Ago
        Bart, you don't know anything about battery chemistry do you..
        and no compressed air power is not cleaner. there may be no chemicals involved by it's much less efficient that battery drive.
        and electric cars don't really catch on fire. that's what gas cars do..
        • 5 Years Ago
        gtv4, Lego made? the power electronics is by Alan Cocconi, the guy who did the initial engineering on the Tesla Roadster. the same electronics that BMW used for their Mini-Es. the same as all these big automakers use for prototypes because they are too stupid to do it themselves...
        • 5 Years Ago
        you don't sound too intelligent when you refer 'guido car' to a Ferrari and prefer to drive a 'Lego' made electric go cart than a blood red Italian exotic.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The video you showed us was an Ariel Atom with an electric motor. Not a bad idea if you don't want to go more than 50 miles. The petrol powered supercharged Atom would match if not beat that electric one in the 1/4 mile as well. You also seem to forget racing requires a car to be driven over at least 100 miles at full throttle which electric cars are currently unable to do. And I've looked at your comments over on Autoblog Green and we really don't need a narcissistic troll commenting on posts. Thanks.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ Mr.Frederiksen
        . . . why the hell are you on Autoblog? You sound more like a bigoted treehugger than a car guy.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ferrari 458 Italia
      blurring the lines between supercar and hypercar
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm not used to seeing such a big spoiler on the 458. I like it though :D
      • 5 Years Ago
      Not bad, tho the grille is a bit "off" - too square when the rest of the car has such natural curvature to it.
        • 5 Years Ago

        I agree-- the car doesn't look that great in pictures, but in person it is sexy as hell. I was unconvinced until I saw it in person last week at the NYC Ferrari showroom. I was not expecting to like it, but it looks incredible.

        For the haters, reserve judgement until you see it, you may be surprised.
      • 5 Years Ago
      and i jizzed in my pants
      • 5 Years Ago
      needs more stickers to hide how fugly 458 is
        • 5 Years Ago
        I was once like you, untill I drove next to one for about an hour on the highway and I am a man reborn.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Yeah cause batteries don't overheat or anything like all the time. But granted, just spillage is bad enough. And you're speaking to an automotive engineer, I know exactly what's in those batteries.
      • 5 Years Ago
      If you speak Korean, the headline gives you a good chuckle. Haha.
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