Lot 297 - 2009 Ferrari Scuderia 16M
|Odometer reading||34,000 km|
|Estimate||£185,000 - £225,000|
Ferrari said, upon release, that the Scuderia Spider 16M is the highest performance Spider that it had ever made. Like the fixedhead F430 Scuderia, this car also incorporates what Ferrari calls 'F1-derived' technology. With a limited edition 499-unit production run, the '16M moniker' refers to Ferrari's 16 F1 Constructors World Championships- the latest of which was achieved in 2008.
Although the 16M is derived from its enclosed predecessor, Ferrari had taken the Scuderia concept even further. Despite the additional body strengthening, the 16M is 80kg lighter, tipping the scales at an admirable 1340kg. Much of this has been achieved by a major overhaul of the double-wishbone suspension as well as new dampers and a new steering box, even gaining titanium springs and wheel bolts, a measure of the 16M's extreme engineering brief. Powered by the same 503bhp version of Ferrari's 4.3 litre, V8 found in the coupé, the 16M had undergone an extra tweak in the form of redesigned pistons which also allow for a higher compression ratio offering 80% of the engine's torque on tap from 3,000rpm. The engine drives the F1-SuperFast2 six-speed transmission, which can execute shifts in a claimed 60 milliseconds via the steering wheel paddles.
Helping keep the 16M on the road is the F1-Trac traction control system which allows the driver to select five basic 'characters' for the 16M from wet conditions, through good-road holding and track-driving. The car's electronic safety net can, though, be progressively disabled with the CT setting allowing oversteer at maximum power and CST taking away everything but the E-Diff's efforts.
Capable of being pleasantly civilised and surprisingly aggressive, this 16M Scuderia, presented in Ferrari White with deep red suede trim, was purchased, or rather, was allowed to be purchased by a wealthy eastern European business man in 2009 from Karner & Grossegger Automobile Ferrari in Austria. Initially cared for by Warm UP KFT Ferrari in Budapest, the initial owner transferred ownership to his son in 2011 before selling the vehicle on to a prominent business contact, a friend of the family in Spain. Guarnieri Marbella and C.DE Salamanca S.A Ferrari have since serviced and cared for the car with a recent service in March 2016 was carried out by specialists Talleres Rotor Ferrari Andalucia, Malaga which is documented. Offered with all handbooks and relevant documents, this is a genuine example of a fast appreciating limited-edition Ferrari, a motorcar that Ferrari were rightly very proud of. With only 499 ever produced, of which many will never come to market, this is a rare opportunity to own a slice of Maranello's finest.