TodayApril 16, 2022

Ferrari 458 hits the wall at Infineon raceway

The old adage, Race on Sunday, buy on Monday has just taken on a new meaning for one owner of a Ferrari red 458.

And actually, it was a Saturday.

It started out beautifully. A long line of Ferrari 458s snorted out of the Ferrari Corral onto Infineon Speedway in Sonoma, CA. The sun was shining, a slight breeze shifted through the pits and paddocks. walked up to turn two and watched the cars go by, each time a little faster as they got to know the track. These were Ferrari 458 owners. The 458 is meant for the track, and only for the track. It was time to see how much one could push this baby. Ferrari says the 458 can go from 0-60 in 3.5 seconds and achieve top performance of 198 miles per hour. These owners were going to test their limits today.

The sound of the 4.5-liter, the V-8 engine was sweet as it took the hill before hooking to the right. Just a couple more minutes of video of the cars going around, and the sweet sound and we would take off to turn 11. Then, out of the blue a streak goes to the left, instead of the right.

The Ferrari driver’s body and ego are probably a little bruised, but he was able to walk away.

It reminds me of the time I totaled my Fiat 124. I ended up in the hospital and was so upset that I had totaled my car. My Father told me, “Lou, I can replace your car, I can’t replace you”.  It will cost about $250,000-$300,000 to replace the Ferrari, but the sentiment is the same. He is alive.

Lou Ann Hammond

Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a founding member of the Women's World Car of the Year #WWCOTY, and board member of the Women in Automotive.