The superchargers have very low pumping losses, and so impose relatively little drag on the motor so its throttle response and overall feel remains unsullied. What does change dramatically though is the resultant push in the back, which goes from strong to very strong.
"Enhancing the stock power and torque curves without changing their shape is fundamental to the overall balance and character of this car," explains Novitec boss, Wolfgang Hagidorn. "It would be easy to generate a lot of low-speed torque, but this would create traction problems and put a lot of stress on the drivetrain.
"Also, a fat low-end torque curve does not fit the nature of the mid-engine V8 Ferraris, which are more racecar and high-revving than a front-engine V12. That's why we were adamant that the shape of the power and torque curves should remain unchanged."
If you think the original 636-hp F430 Bi-Kompressor was fast, the Scuderia is on a different planet. An additional 81 hp and 55 lb-ft equate to just over 12 percent extra grunt, and the much faster gearbox shift program also helps in-gear performance. With flat-on-the-floor shifting pegged at just 0.6 milliseconds in Race mode, 62 mph now takes just 3.5 seconds.
As with the F430 Bi-Kompressor and Race versions, the factory suspension is replaced with a bespoke coil-over set-up made for Novitec Rosso by KW. This is adjustable for ride height as well as bounce and rebound. Despite firmer suspension settings and 20-inch wheels, ride quality doesn't lose the factory car's basic compliance.
Like the F430 Race, the Scuderia wears 8.5 and 12.0x20-inch versions of Novitec's classic five-spoke design, shod with 235/30 and 325/25 Pirellis. These were painted satin black with yellow color matching on the outer lips. The larger wheels also lend a better view of the massive Brembo brakes. The 380mm (14.96-inch) ceramic discs and six-pot calipers save 45 pounds over the equivalent steel brakes. They're stunningly effective in both bite and retardation, which is just as well because 717 hp really shrinks the straight bits between the bends. Increasing the throttle past the apex, you find the g-forces piling on. By the time the car comes straight, you're carrying immense speed toward the next corner, and it's time to use those awesome brakes again.
If this is enough to give you sweaty palms, Novitec's latest steering wheel has Alcantara between the carbon-fiber top and bottom sections to help you keep a firm grip. Enlarged carbon paddles aid shifting when you have the steering wheel cranked over in a tight bend.
The new front bumper spoiler, rear valence and flaps for the sill panels are also made from carbon fiber, as is the engine cover. Unlike the normal Bi-Kompressor, the Race and Scuderia versions do without a rear wing.
In the cabin, Novitec Rosso has picked out the shapes on the lightweight sport seats, doors, dashboard, center console, handbrake gaiter and rear bulkhead with yellow stitching on grey Alcantara or leather. The carbon trim on the door casings, dashboard ends and center console are standard on the Scuderia. It's all topped off by Novitec's alloy pedal set and passenger footwell toe-board.
The tuning and customization industry has thrived on the fact that true enthusiasts express themselves through their cars. And the wealthier you are, the better equipped you are to underline that individuality.
A stock F430, especially in red, risks blending in-especially at a club meeting. The Novitec Rosso Scuderia, however, makes a clear statement that you're a predator, not one of the herd.
Novitec Rosso 430 Scuderia Bi-Kompressor
Longitudinal mid-engine, rear-wheel drive
4.3-liter V8, dohc, 32-valve. Novitec Rosso twin supercharger system, software
Six-speed sequential manual, Novitec Rosso software
Novitec/KW adjustable coilovers
Brembo six-piston monoblock calipers, 14.96-inch carbon-ceramic rotors