After a 2 year search for the perfect F1 sound in his Ferrari F430 Scuderia, Luxury4Play user freshmeat has found the sound he has been looking for. The video below is the product of two years of hard work and research.
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Another video of the ScudXX starting up and taking off can be found here. Here is a quick Q&A with the owner, who is more than happy with the turnout of his newly tuned Ferrari:
What exactly was put into the car?
It is a custom fabricated, aerospace grade stainless steel X-pipe. It feeds straight into the OEM Scuderia cats and leverages the original OEM exhaust mounts; a true direct plug n play!
How did you do it?
This has been a 2-year long pursuit for the perfect F1 sound, ever since I purchased the Scuderia back in 2011 (I’m the second owner). I originally contracted Tony of TT Competizione to develop and fabricate a similar design for my 2009 Scuderia, however, for reasons unknown, months went by with no word nor development. Taking his lack of engagement as a rejection to help me on my pursuit for the perfect Scuderia sound, I started looking elsewhere, first I looked at Fabspeed’s x-pipe and reviewed sound clip after sound clip on YouTube, as well as a local car that had the system, and I was just was not convinced it was the F1 sound I was looking for. I then proceeded with reaching out to my old friends at GMG Racing who have tuned many of my past Audis & Porsches including my S5, R8, and GT3. All they could give me were pictures of a seemingly very well-made custom x-pipe they had done awhile ago for a client, and they had no sound clips available to share. It was a very similar design to Fabspeed’s minus the resonators on either side. They have never let me down in the past, however, historically, the exhaust and header upgrades I have gotten through them typically generated a throaty, deep note ala a muscle car. Taking this past experience into consideration, I was not confident that their x-pipe would produce the high-pitched F1 shrill I was seeking, so my searched continued. Somehow by sheer chance, I stumbled into David Bonvillain from Colorado earlier this year on FerrariChat. He at the time had just purchased a 2008 Scuderia finished in Grigio Medio; the notorious Scuderia which had started it all. It used to belong to Knick Jimenez, another friend from the Bay Area, and it was the first Scuderia ever to have an x-pipe exhaust installed. Many more months went by with no updates, as the new owner from Colorado encountered many severe F1-transmission related failures with his newly purchased Scuderia and it was up on the lift, sitting lifelessly with all its internals gutted out and nowhere to go. At long last in March, the car was finally put back together and brought back to life, almost immediately it was brought to the masterful hands of S-Line Motorsports. There David Jones and Teague Oliver were able to craft several prototypes using David’s car as the guinea pig until the perfect Unfuckwithable F1 sound was finally achieved. It is truly a great sound, and though it has taken me 2 years to finally be able to enjoy this cacophony of F1 noise outside an F1 Grand Prix, it has been well worth the wait!
Why did you search for this F1 sound?
Prior to owning the Scuderia, I had a Challenge Stradale. It was a fire spitting beast, with an epic sound thanks to the Tubi headers, race pipes and exhaust. That is where the Scuderia fails miserably in comparison; I just couldn’t hear the passion and fury that is Ferrari from the OEM Scuderia system. The OEM exhaust, with valves closed, sounds like a gurgling coffee can and leaves much to desire. It only begins to sound decent in the higher RPM range where the valves finally kick open and unleash the full brunt of the engine. Shortly after buying my Scuderia, I installed the Kreissieg F1 Sound Valvetronic exhaust system into but was not satisfied with the final pitch and note of the system. The sound was definitely higher-pitched and cleaner than OEM but it was a sharp, crass sound with a resonance that gave me migraines just after short stints in the car. On top of my dissatisfaction with the sound, the system was also quite heavy, comparable to OEM, due to its intricate valves, muffler and bypass system. The heat retention on it was also shockingly higher than OEM. The “Not for race applications” label on the box when I first got it in the mail was beginning to make sense! At $11,000 the build quality, however, was top shelf and every weld on every intricate pipe and bend was immaculate, but visual beauty alone never really does keep me satisfied, and that goes for everything else in life. I wanted that pure F1 sound, to save weight, reduce heat retention and a nice bump in power. The reason why reducing heat retention is so critical to me is because the beautiful carbon fiber panels in the Scuderia engine bay are susceptible to “hazing” or “milking” under high heat, so by reducing heat retention and simultaneously increasing heat dissipation out of the engine bay area, I am prolonging the longevity of the carbon panels and maintaining their beautiful glossy sheen!
The ScudXX X-Pipe delivers on all my criteria:
• Weighs only 14lbs, compare that to OEM which weighs 50lbs
• Heat levels are dramatically lower than OEM, so my carbon fiber is protected
• Perfect Ferrari F1 shrill, with zero droning throughout all RPM bands
• Dyno gains tbd, but there is undoubtedly dramatic improvement in mid-high end torque and significantly reduced hesitation in acceleration from standstill. Each gear shift now also carries a bigger “kick”, adding to the ever exciting and captivating visceral exchange that makes driving the Scuderia so unique and addictive.
(Huge thanks to Alwin for providing all of this information. Congratulations on your “amazeballs” Ferrari ScudXX!)
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