A hardtop convertible Ferrari? Yeah, you're gonna want a pretty blonde to cover that one. But this isn't the California. This is the 458 Spider. Right, better make it Vicki Butler-Henderson then.

VBH, you see, isn't some boulevard-cruising talk-show host. Sure, she's presented her share of reality television shows, like the UK version of The Biggest Loser, but she's also a certified racing driver and one of the hosts on Fifth Gear. Sounds to us like the perfect personality to test Maranello's latest follicle stimulator, and lucky for us, that's just what she's done.

Follow the jump to see Vicki channel her best Clarkson and quite nearly come to climax on camera as she drives her new favorite supercar around the Italian countryside.



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      Georgie Porgie
      • 3 Years Ago
      The world needs more girls like Vicki.
      TopGun
      • 3 Years Ago
      Despite me despising autos all I can say is - Wonderful! What a joy seeing someone enjoy the raw emotion of a car...and kudos to the folks that managed to include us (in a small part) by doing a good job recording the sound. And no discussion of dash material quality!!
      Where's the cheese?
      • 3 Years Ago
      If the 458 Italia is your dream girl in a red cocktail dress then the 458 Spider is that same girl except she's in a red bikini.
      ihatemacs9
      • 3 Years Ago
      you can tell she is genuinely at a loss for words when it hits her around the 3:50 mark. its not one of those scripted "this car leaves me breathless" moments, but she can't concentrate on her next sentence let alone wrangle in 500+ hp on the italian twisties. the what-the-heck-is-wrong-with-me realization a few seconds later shows the state of emotions this driver's car will produce. best part of this otherwise humdrum fifth gear episode.
      POV
      • 3 Years Ago
      Blonde woman with a British accent driving a Ferrari all out = LOVE On a serious note, it's amazing how an American V8 can sound so different from an Italian V8. It's not like the displacements are that different. Can anyone explain why that is?
        Christopher
        • 3 Years Ago
        @POV
        It has to do with the how the car revs. American cars are known as "lazy" or slower revving and typically have a lower red line of around 6 thousand. Ferrari and other Italian exotics on the other hand are typically designed to rev MUCH quicker and have a rev line all the way to 7 even 8 thousand. That is why American cars sound like they are thumping while the Italians sound more excited and almost screech. They are trying to reach the next gear as soon as possible as to have a leg up if your in a straight line dual or on the track. The faster you can reach the higher gears the quicker you pick up speed. Interestingly enough in a straight line race some all electric cars are faster than modern super cars off the line. But since these ultra fast electrics have no gears the internal combustion engine cars eventually pass them up even if the two cars have the same horse power.
          mini-me
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Christopher
          Ferrari V8 = Flat plane crank vs. the common American cross-plane crank. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/V8_engine This is what gives the Ferrari V8's their "wail"
          POV
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Christopher
          Thanks for the explanation I can totally picture that difference now. I always loved the low rumble of the American V8 (paint can cylinders :P ) but this shrieking V8 is just as awesome!
        me
        • 3 Years Ago
        @POV
        Ferrari uses flat-plane crankshaft which is one of the contributors to the racy sound.
        Cory Stansbury
        • 3 Years Ago
        @POV
        It, unfortunately, also makes it sound like a pair of angry Hondas when you're actually in the car. It's only when you are near something reflective that you get that wail. That, at least, was my experience and disappointment when I drove a 360 Spider.
          Saracen
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Cory Stansbury
          You were disappointed by a 360 Spider? I drove one too and it was the greatest driving experience of my life. The sound was absolutely intoxicating. Ferrari V8's are the best sounding on the planet.
        superchan7
        • 3 Years Ago
        @POV
        This is because of the crankshaft. Most V8s use a crossplane crankshaft, which allows better packaging and does not require balance shafts and causes the throaty growl of most road car V8s. Most race engine builders, Ferrari and a handful of other roadcars use the flat-plane crankshaft, which revs more freely and has the distinctive high pitch.
      Nick Allain
      • 3 Years Ago
      I can't watch anything with Vicki in it at work. I can get away with a lot but this literally sounds like I'm watching porn.
      Krishan Mistry
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is far more erotic than a silly bumper sticker. Hearing her scream and squeal with joy, fully topless...and Vicki isn't all that bad either.
        POV
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Krishan Mistry
        A woman who can drive 10/10ths adds 50 points in my book. And she's cute so she's pretty close to the ideal. :)
      Dynamho
      • 3 Years Ago
      Enzo Ferrari couldn't watch his cars race. He didn't attend his races. He couldn't bear to watch his cars dying. He said when they were racing, they were dying. I can feel that emotion on this video. You can hear/feel the 458 just giving it all its got to please you, its master. It's like a completely loyal/obedient beast that will sacrifice itself to please you. And you can hear it dying. So moving.
      fleshwound_NPG
      • 3 Years Ago
      She just had a crisis. Or three.
      joe shmoe
      • 3 Years Ago
      perfect screencap. she's so goofy.
      deeeznuuuts83
      • 3 Years Ago
      She said 550 hp and 440 lb-ft... where is she getting those numbers from?
        Krishan Mistry
        • 3 Years Ago
        @deeeznuuuts83
        550 is about right, because 570PS=562bhp, but if you l
          Krishan Mistry
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Krishan Mistry
          Fail comment posting. ...but if you look at the fine print, that 570 figure includes a 5 PS bonus courtesy of a ram air effect at about 180+mph. So really, the 458 has 557hp, and the 398lbft should be the same. Still, where did Vick get those figures from?
      Xedicon
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow... How good does a car have to be to make a pro racer and car reviewer actively work at not breaking down into tears of joy from the driving experience? There's no words for something like that. Huge congratulations are in order for Ferrari - this makes not one, but TWO spyders in a row that have identical 0-60 and handling characteristics. Any automotive engineer will tell you, that is a very difficult feat indeed.
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