In May, we had the honor of attending a super exclusive car show called cars and jets (@carsandjetsofficial). Cars and Jets took place in a private hangar, and consisted of some really nice cars and some really nice people all spending the day together. What was special for me was that it was my first time riding in a super car. I had the honor of riding shotgun with @gadautobody in his 991.2 GT3RS-up until then, the fastest car I’d ever sat in was a 997.1 Carrera. Long story short, it was one of the best days of my life. Up until a few weeks ago, I didn’t think life could get much better than that day, I was wrong. On Saturday, September 7, @carsandjetsofficial hosted another Cars and Jets, and I got to drive an automotive legend, the Ferrari 458 Spider…what a car.
Let’s start on the outside, and just look at it. The 458 is Pinnanferina design at its finest. The lines, the curves, the shapes, it’s absolutely beautiful. Nothing looks out of place, it’s not too wide, not too narrow, not too low, everything is just right. With our car being a spider, we got those signature “double bubble” rear deck lid; we drove with the roof down of course.
I’ll be honest, Italian cars are not my favorite. I think they’re too flamboyant and unreliable to be proper drivers’ cars, but damn do they have good interiors. Everything from the steering wheel to the air vents was driver oriented. Not to mention, covered in beautiful Italian leather. The seats, the dashboard, the steering wheel, even the door pockets were leather. Where there was no leather, there was Alcantara. The seat fit you just right, the pedals were all in the right place, the paddles made such a satisfying “click,” you’d think it was a Porsche from how perfectly engineered everything was.
The Way It Drives
When I was little, I would always ask my dad car questions. “Why do you like Porsches? How come you didn’t buy a Turbo? Did you know the Turbo can go from 40 to 60 mph in 1 second?!?!?!” I’m honestly surprised he didn’t just sock me in the face after the first 10 questions. Anyway, the thing was that whenever I would ask him about a supercar, he usually responded with, “I probably wouldn’t buy that car, it’s too fast.” I was baffled. My 10 year old brain couldn’t even begin to grasp the concept of a car being “too fast.” How could ANYONE think a car is too fast? My brain was still baffled up until I drove that beautiful Ferrari because trust me, it was way too fast.
As I was getting used to the car, I could literally feel the power at the throttle pedal. I don’t know how to describe it. It was like I could open the floodgates of hell with a pedal. It was tempting me, the car was tempting me, daring me to floor it, to unleash the 570 horses crammed into the middle. After a solid 5 minutes of resistance, I gave in, I couldn’t take it anymore. I buried my foot into the accelerator, in first gear mind you; I unleashed the beast. Little did I know that the beast would be way too much for the cold tires to handle. The road turned to ice for a second. I only thought that was possible in Forza. This car was too fast.
The way that Ferrari accelerates is beyond belief. The force it pushes you back in your seat with is other worldly. It’s addicting, it really is. The beauty of it is that it’s so balanced as well. The sharpness, the agility, the seating position, everything is made for that one moment where you have an open road ahead of you and nothing but time.
The car turns with ZERO body roll, and GT3RS like precision. The steering feel is just as perfect as a 997 and the transmission shifts like a PDK. Going through a corner is like drawing a line through the laws of physics.
And the sound, did I mention the sound? It’s eviscerating. There’s nothing quite like the howl of 8 cylinders screaming at 9000 rpm. Every crackle, every downshift, is just intoxicating. I would give anything to hear it again.
My favorite part about the 458 is not it’s speed or its looks, but how it makes you feel. Driving the 458 made me want to be a better driver. It makes you want to tame the beast inside, to max it out, to reach the limit. It really does bring out the best in you. The 458 gives you just the right amount of confidence and fear to make you the best. And that for me is truly special.
They say you never forget your first Ferrari, and they’re right. What s car.
I would like to thank GAD Auto Body again for truly one of the greatest days of my life, I didn’t think Cars and Jets could get any better. GAD will take care of all of your bodywork, towing, and vinyl wrapping needs. Their shop is located in Glendale, CA. They also do supercar rentals! Most importantly though, the guys at GAD are true craftsmen and their passion for what they do clearly shows in their results. Click on this paragraph to visit their Instagram Page.
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