The F2008 was the fifty fourth single-seater built by Ferrari specifically to take part in the Formula 1 World Championship. The design, codenamed internally as the 659, represented the Scuderia's interpretation of the regulations in force for 2008. A major new element of these was the introduction of a new electronic system to be used by all teams, known as SECU (Standard Electronic Control Unit) and produced by Mclaren. It consisted of a single control unit and a software system, the development of which ends as the season begins. Other areas affected by rule changes were: gearbox, which must be used for four consecutive events; safety, with the introduction of higher side protection around the driver's helmet; materials, with a limit to the type of composites that can be used. As a result of these rules, there was an increase in the weight of the car.
Changes to the technical and sporting regulations in terms of electronics, alongside the introduction of the SECU, led to the removal of a host of driver aids, such as traction control and engine braking and the electronically assisted starting system, also the management of the differential, engine and gearchange were much simpler. The gearbox casing was produced in carbon, while the transmission continued to be mounted longitudinally.
2009 saw one of the biggest sets of regulation changes in F1 most importantly grooved tyres were replaced with slicks and therefore dimensional regulations came in to force that outlawed extraneous items such as barge boards, winglets, turning vanes and chimneys. This meant that 2008's F1 cars were the ultimate iteration of this famous Era in F1, an era which was defined by Ferrari dominance. With the F2008 Ferrari took the constructors championship and missed out on the Driver's championship, in the most dramatic fashion by just one point. The F2008 can be regarded as the fastest F1 car of this high downforce era, through the 18 race season the F2008 notched up 8 Wins, 8 Pole positions and 13 fastest laps. The F2008 is the last Ferrari to secure a Formula One Championship and as such a hugely significant part of Ferrari history.
This car, Chassis 269, is the most successful F2008 chassis, this is the car in which Felipe Massa took Pole Position, Race Win and fastest lap at the final round of the championship at his home race at Intelagos, at the point in which he crossed the finish line he was World Champion, however the race was far from over and on the final corner of the final lap the slowing Toyota of Timo Glock was overtaken by Lewis Hamilton who therefore took the World Championship by just One point. This certainly become the defining moment of this memorable season F1 in fact Autosport's Motorsport moment of the year. In addition to the success in Brazil, driven by Felipe Massa #269 recorded 3 Pole Positions, 3 Race Victories and 5 Podiums in the 9 races in which the car competed, (finishing all but one). As well as Brazil Massa and #269 had a perfect weekend at Valencia with Pole Position, outright victory and the fastest lap, all by some margin. Victory also came at Spa in Belgium for Massa in this car. This example of the F2008 is without doubt the example to have of this iconic and exceptional F1 car. A hugely famous and important F1 car this example is offered totally race ready and could be used immediately in the fantastic Ferrari Corse Clienti Ferrari programme.
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