Ferrari 458 SPIDER Instruments and Gauges Guide
The Ferrari 458 Spider is an engineering and design marvel famed for its astonishing performance and distinctive Italian flair. A precisely built cockpit at the core of this amazing supercar represents the apex of the marriage of cutting-edge technology and vintage workmanship. In this introduction, we’ll look at the instruments and gauges that adorn the cabin of the Ferrari 458 Spider, demonstrating how they not only serve as useful tools for the driver but also elevate the driving experience to a symphony of accuracy and passion. Finally, the Ferrari 458 Spider’s displays and gauges capture the essence of this renowned supercar. They combine the tradition of Italian craftsmanship with cutting-edge technology, resulting in a harmonious mix of precision, power, and enthusiasm for the driver. These precisely crafted components are more than simply performance monitors; they are immersion instruments, enabling the lucky driver to go on an incredible trip of speed, style, and pure driving pleasure.
Instruments and Gauges
Left TFT display Rev counter Right TFT display Gear display Warning lights on the panel Manettino status Fuel level
Left TFT Display
Located on the instrument panel, it performs the following functions: Displays the control parameters Displays general information while driving Displays fault warnings. The driver can interact with the system by selecting the conﬁguration and setting the parameters using the controls on the dashboard to the left of the steering wheel. The display is activated and set by pressing the MAIN (A), VDA (B), OK (C) and UP, DOWN, LEFT, RIGHT (D) buttons.
MAIN screen page
If you press the MAIN button, you activate the MAIN screen page which can be used to access the four screen page groups SETUP, VDA, TRIP and STATUS. These groups contain the following screen pages: SETUP (pressing the UP button) MENU screen page STATUS (pressing the DOWN button) SPORT screen page SPORT 2 screen page TYRES screen page (only if TPMS is present) VDA (pressing the LEFT button) Chronometer screen page Vehicle status screen page Manettino status screen page TRIP (pressing the RIGHT button) TRIP A screen page TRIP B screen page
Press the RIGHT and LEFT buttons to sequentially switch between screen pages in a group. Press RIGHT to go to the next screen page (for example, in the STATUS group from SPORT to SPORT 2) and press LEFT to go to the previous screen page. Press the RIGHT button after the last screen page to go back to the ﬁrst screen page and press the LEFT button after the ﬁrst screen page to go back to the last screen page. When a screen page is called up, it remains on the display until you decide to select another one.
Every screen page consists of four display areas
: A – selected driving mode (Manettino position), windscreen wiper status, outside temperature and “Warning: danger of ice” icon B – display of virtual control gauges, parking sensor screen page, display of abnormal events/warnings (message text and special symbol, when available), display of brightness adjustment function C – total or trip odometer (TRIP A or B), range D – fuel level gauge, area for minimised symbol for faults that do not have a speciﬁc warning light on the panel (see page 111), speed repetition.
Display setting and conﬁguration of vehicle parameters
Display setting and parameter conﬁguration should be performed when the vehicle is stationary
MENU screen page
Display setting and conﬁguration of the various vehicle parameters is possible using the MENU screen page (the only screen page in the SETUP group) that can be directly called up by pressing the UP button when the MAIN screen page is activated. Navigation within the menu is on several levels; the ﬁrst level offers a list of items through which the following parameters can be set or the following information can be displayed:
- Dimming: display dimming setting
Display setup: display setting
Date/Hour: date and time setting
Language/M.U.: language and units of measurement setting
Car setup: vehicle parameter conﬁguration Calibr.
TPMS: TPMS calibration (only if present)
Service: information on scheduled maintenance.
These items are the main menu functions. To scroll through the list of items, press the UP and DOWN buttons; to select the required function, press and quickly release the OK button or the RIGHT button. Once the function has been selected, the individual subfunctions or parameters that can be activated are displayed. To select them, use the UP and DOWN buttons and press and quickly release the OK (or RIGHT) button to activate a subsection or activate the selected parameter. To go back to a previous level in the menu hold down the OK button, press the LEFT button or select the BACK item which is normally in the list of subfunctions. If no operation is performed for at least 10 seconds, the ﬁrst menu level reappears on the display.
The brightness of the two TFT displays on the instrument panel can be adjusted by selecting the special item on the MENU screen page or by using directly the UP and DOWN buttons when the MENU screen page is not displayed and when the chronometer is off if the Chronometer screen page is displayed. The ﬁrst time one of the two buttons is pressed, the screen page is displayed. The next time the buttons are pressed, the brightness can be adjusted. The adjustment made, which can be activated even when the vehicle is moving, can be seen immediately and does not affect the brightness of the warning lights on the panel. The screen page disappears when the OK button is pressed or automatically if it is not used for 5 seconds and is replaced by the screen page that was previously displayed. Fuel level gauge The fuel level gauge is always displayed in area D of the display The gauge has 9 yellow bars that gradually “turn off” as the fuel level drops.
When the second bar goes off, the ﬁrst bar turns red until fuel runs out
In “Fuel level low” condition, a warning light comes on on the panel and a special symbol and message are displayed for 10 seconds together with information on driving range in km. If the condition that has generated it persists, this signal is repeated every 8 km (5 mi).
In limited cruising range conditions, the information on driving range in km is replaced by the words “Limited cruising range”.
SPORT screen page The SPORT screen page displays the following virtual gauges:
- Engine coolant temperature Engine oil temperature
If the SPORT screen page is being displayed and an event occurs that needs to be displayed as a symbol and/or special message, the virtual gauges are minimised. For further information, refer to the “Fault displaying logic” paragraph . SPORT 2 screen page The SPORT 2 screen page displays the following virtual gauges:
- Engine oil pressure Voltmeter
If the SPORT 2 screen page is being displayed and an event occurs that needs to be displayed as a symbol and/or special message, the virtual gauges are minimised. For further information, refer to the “Fault displaying logic” paragraph. TYRES screen page (only if TPMS is present)
The TYRES screen page, available only if there is a TPMS (tyre pressure and temperature monitoring system), displays the vehicle symbol and indicates the pressure and temperature values for each tyre. If the TYRES screen page is being displayed and an event occurs that needs to be displayed as a symbol and/or special message, the screen page is minimised. For further information, refer to the “Fault displaying logic” . VDA ( Vehicle Dynamic Assistance) screen page group
In addition to its chronometer function, the Vehicle Dynamic Assistance (VDA) screen page group provides a valid support for assessing vehicle status when on the track and can be used to intuitively understand the most suitable conditions for performance driving. The VDA group, which is recalled by pressing the LEFT button with the MAIN screen page displayed or directly by pressing the VDA button with any screen page displayed, consists of the “Chronometer”, “Vehicle status” and “Manettino status” screen pages. The “Vehicle status” screen page functions are only available when the “Manettino” driving mode control switch (see page 125) is set to RACE, CT OFF or CST OFF, positions developed especially when using the vehicle on track; however, if the Manettino is set to Low-grip or SPORT mode, the “Vehicle status” screen page is displayed along with the message “VDA available in Race – CT off – CST off”.
Chronometer screen page
The “Chronometer” screen page is used to time laps and memorise lap time if the vehicle is used on track. The screen page displays the following information: Current Lap indicates the time elapsed since the start of the chronometer
indicates the time required to complete the last best lap
indicates the time required to complete the last lap
indicates the maximum speed reached
indicates the maximum speed reached in the last lap If the“ Chronometer” screen page is being displayed and an event occurs that needs to be displayed as a symbol and/or special message, the screen page is minimised. For further information, refer to the “Fault displaying logic” .
During display of the event/malfunction, the chronometer remains active. Each time the key is turned to on, the chronometer is reset whereas the last valid Best Lap and Last Lap information is memorised. Chronometer operating logic The chronometer is controlled using the OK, UP and DOWN buttons that perform the following functions:
Pressing and quickly releasing the OK button: when the chronometer is off, starts the Current Lap chronometer when the chronometer is on, resets and restarts the Current Lap and updates the information on previous laps (end of lap/start of next lap)
Pressing and quickly releasing the UP or DOWN button: when the chronometer is on, stops the chronometer and updates information on previous laps when the chronometer is off, displays the screen page for adjusting display brightness
Holding down the UP or DOWN button: when the chronometer is on or off, resets the chronometer and information on previous laps. Note that during display of an event/malfunction, pressing and quickly releasing the OK button interrupts the event/malfunction display cycle (“ESCAPE” function), without affecting the chronometer.
Vehicle status screen page
The “Vehicle status” screen page, which is directly called up by pressing the VDA button or by pressing the LEFT button when the MAIN screen page is displayed, is intended to help the user bring the vehicle to optimum performance when driving on high grip surfaces. This is made possible by an algorithm that determines the thermal state of the main vehicle subsystems (tyres, brakes and engine) in relation to the dynamics of various parameters (lateral acceleration, speed, etc.). The status of the vehicle is displayed concisely using three levels which are blue, green and red:
Warm-up stage for components and self-acquisition of control systems; during this stage, the vehicle should be driven so that it is taken to optimum conditions of use.
The vehicle has completed the warm-up stage: all its subsystems have reached optimum conditions of use for performance driving.
OVER One or more systems have reached an overheating condition that may affect vehicle dynamics. Slowing down is therefore recommended to restore these systems to optimum conditions of use.
After each start, the CST stability and traction control system compensates for the tyre rolling radius and detects the spare wheel. While this procedure is being performed, the Vehicle Status screen page indicates to the driver that system self-acquisition is in progress by displaying the message “CST autolearning”.
Use of the vehicle on race tracks: after each start, cover the ﬁrst straight stretch of the track (at least 500 meters/0.3 mi) at a constant speed so that the CST stability and traction control system can calculate exactly the grip available and the rolling radius of the tyres (the calculation is reset every time the engine stops). If this rule is not followed, system performance may be reduced.
If one or more signals related to the performance parameters used to calculate the thermal state of the subsystems (lateral acceleration, speed, etc.) are not valid, the Vehicle Status screen page indicates to the driver that the function is not available by displaying the message “Function not available”.
Manettino status screen page
The “Manettino status” screen page displays a list of parameters which can be conﬁgured using the “Manettino” driving mode control switch and indicates the conﬁguration each one assumes in a speciﬁc driving mode. The systems involved are the following:
- F1-Trac: traction control
E-Diff: electronic differential
F1-DC: dual clutch F1 gearbox
CST: stability and traction control
ABS: anti-lock braking system
SCM: magnetorheo logically controlled suspension
If one of the other two VDA screen pages is displayed (“Chronometer” or “Vehicle Status”), the “Manettino Status” screen page is displayed in timed mode for 3 seconds when the position of the Manettino is changed so that the driver is informed of the new status that the systems are in. After 3 seconds, the screen page that was previously displayed reappears. The “Manettino status” screen page is also automatically displayed in timed mode at key-on if one of the other two VDA screen pages was displayed at the previous key-off and the Manettino was in a different position from the current one.
If there is a Manettino failure, the “Manettino Status” screen page cannot be displayed or recalled.
TRIP A and TRIP B screen pages
The TRIP A or TRIP B screen page displays the following information:
- Maximum speed Average speed Travel distance Travel time Range
If the TRIP A or TRIP B screen page is being displayed and an event occurs that needs to be displayed as a symbol and/or special message, the screen page is minimised. For further information, refer to the “Fault displaying logic” .
“Warning: danger of ice” message
To warn the driver of the presence of ice on the road if the outside temperature is 3 °C (38 °F) or below, the “snow” symbol and the “warning: danger of ice” message are displayed for 10 seconds in the top right of the display. When they are displayed, the symbol and message appear instead of the outside temperature; after 10 seconds, the outside temperature is displayed again and the “snow” symbol appears next to it as long as the outside temperature remains 6 °C (43 °F) or below.
Speed limit setting and “Speed limit exceeded” message
The MENU screen page can be used to set a speed limit in the range 30 – 250 km/h (17 – 155 mph) with 5 km/h (3 mph) steps which sends a message to the driver when exceeded. To set the speed limit, call up the MENU screen page by pressing the UP button when the MAIN screen page is activated. Select “Car setup” and “Speed limit”. To set the value, use the UP and DOWN buttons.
When the minimum limit of 30 km/h (17 mph) is reached, press the DOWN button again to deactivate the function or press the UP button after reaching the maximum speed of 250 km/h (155 mph). The function is normally deactivated (OFF). When the set limit is exceeded, the driver is informed in the following way: The symbol showing the set limit and a “speed limit exceeded” message appear in the top right of the display for 10 seconds accompanied by an acoustic signal. Once the warning cycle has ended, the message disappears whereas the symbol continues to be displayed next to the outside temperature until the speed decreases to 5 km/h (3 mph) below the set limit.
Parking sensors (optional)
To help the driver when parking, the vehicle can be ﬁtted on request with four sensors in the rear bumper (rear parking sensors), or four sensors in the front and rear bumpers (front and rear parking sensors).
The system will only operate correctly if the sensors on the bumpers are free of mud, dirt, snow or ice. When approaching obstacles in front of or behind the vehicle, the parking sensors inform the driver of the distance between the vehicle and the obstacle by way of acoustic signals, which become more frequent as the obstacle approaches, and visual signals in area B of the left TFT display (see page 95). By supplementing the driver’s direct visual information with that provided by the system acoustic signals and visual warnings, potential collisions can be avoided when parking.
It is the driver, however, who holds full responsibility for parking manoeuvres and other potentially dangerous situations. The system has only been designed as an aid during parking manoeuvres since it detects obstacles that are outside the driver’s ﬁeld of vision. Use of the sensors therefore does not mean that the driver can be less careful and attentive and not watch out for persons and obstacles during parking manoeuvres. The rear parking sensors are automatically activated when the key is in position II and reverse gear is engaged. When the rear sensors are activated, an acoustic signal warns the driver that the system has been activated. If the vehicle is also equipped with front sensors, these can be activated or deactivated by pressing the relative button on the roof panel.
“Stop and Go” function
The “Stop & Go” function, available on vehicles with front and rear parking sensors, automatically activates the front sensors when vehicle speed is 10 km/h (6 mph) or below. This system has been designed to assist the driver in certain trafﬁc conditions (e.g. tailbacks) and signals when the minimum distance is reached between the vehicle and the vehicle in front. To activate or deactivate the system, call up the MENU screen page, select the items “Car setup”, “Parking sensor”, and select one of the two options, “STOP&GO ON” and “STOP&GO OFF”.
Indication of obstacles
The parking sensor system emits acoustic signals as soon as an obstacle is detected which become more frequent as the obstacle approaches. The acoustic signal stops immediately if the distance from the obstacle increases whereas the tone cycle remains constant if the measured distance from the central sensors remains unchanged. The vehicle symbol and sensor detection zones appear on the left TFT display: these zones indicate which part of the vehicle is approaching an obstacle (if front or rear and if left, right or central) and the distance from the obstacle (maximum, medium or minimum). If an obstacle is detected at maximum distance in the central front part, it will be displayed as shown below (green). If an obstacle is detected at medium distance in the central front part, it will be displayed as shown below (orange). If an obstacle is detected at minimum distance in the central front part, it will be displayed as shown below (red). The maximum, medium and minimum distances between the vehicle and an obstacle, represented graphically by the colours green, orange and red, are different for the front and rear parking sensors:
Rear sensors: Maximum distance (green): 80 to 70 cm – 31 to 28 in. (150 to 70 cm – 59 to 28 in. in central zone) Medium distance (orange): 69 to 41 cm (27 to 16 in.) Minimum distance (red): 40 to 0 cm (16 to 0 in.)
Front sensors: Maximum distance (green): 73 to 53 cm – 29 to 21 in. (110 to 70 cm – 43 to 28 in. in central zone) Medium distance (orange): 52 to 31 cm (20 to 12 in.) Minimum distance (red): 30 to 0 cm (12 to 0 in.) If the front sensors are deactivated or not present, the display does not show the symbols in the front. In the same way, if front sensors are ﬁtted and the rear ones are not activated, the display only shows the symbols in the front. If all the sensors are activated, the system can give several pieces of information at the same time: if an obstacle is detected at a maximum distance in the front central part and at a minimum distance in the rear right part, it will be displayed as shown below.
If the parking sensor system symbols are being displayed and an event occurs that needs to be displayed as an icon and/or special message, the symbol is moved from the centre of the display to the right as shown below.
Cleaning the Sensors
When cleaning the sensors, be very careful not to scratch or damage them and avoid using dry, rough or hard cloths. The sensors must be washed with clean water and car shampoo added if necessary. In car washes that use steam jet or high pressure water cleaning equipment, quickly clean the sensors keeping the nozzle at a distance of at least 10 cm (4 in.). For the repainting of bumpers or retouching the paintwork in the sensor area, contact the Ferrari Service Network. If paint is applied incorrectly, it may prevent the parking sensors from working properly.
Indication of parking sensor failure
The system ECU checks all the components each time the reverse gear is engaged. If at least one parking sensor is faulty, the special symbol (see page 118) is displayed on the left TFT display together with the message “Parking sensor failure. Warning! Possible obstacles” accompanied by an acoustic signal.
The sensors are able to detect obstacles with reasonably large, even surfaces (e.g.: poles with diameters of over 60 mm (2.4 in.), walls, barriers, trees). Detection is not optimum with obstacles with sharp projections or uneven surfaces.
During parking manoeuvres, always take the utmost care since obstacles may be located above or below the sensors.
Objects placed close to the rear part of the vehicle are not always detected by the system and may therefore damage the vehicle or be damaged themselves.
The signals sent by the sensors may also be affected by damage to the sensors caused by dirt, snow or ice on the sensors or by ultrasound systems (e.g. pneumatic brakes on lorries or pneumatic drills) in the vicinity.
It is the driver, however, who holds full responsibility for parking manoeuvres and other potentially dangerous situations. The system has only been designed as an aid when parking and operating the retractable hard top since it detects obstacles that are outside the driver’s ﬁeld of vision. The sensors are therefore not a substitute for the driver’s care and attention when parking and checking for the presence of persons or objects.
Fault displaying logic
When a fault occurs, the corresponding warning light (if present) comes on on the panel whereas a description of the fault (if available) and the relevant symbol (if available) are displayed on the left TFT display. The message appears on the display at the same time as the warning light (if present) comes on and the main screen page that is displayed at that moment is reduced. The fault remains on the display for 20 seconds. When the display cycle ends, if the fault does not have a special warning light on the panel, the symbol remains minimised in area D of the display (see page 93) until the cause of malfunctioning has been resolved. In area B the main screen page is displayed in “maximum” size. When the display cycle ends, if the fault has a special warning light on the panel, the screen page that was displayed prior to the event reappears and the symbol is not minimised in area D.
The warning light remains on until the cause of malfunctioning has been resolved. If the fault is resolved within 20 seconds, it remains displayed and the warning light remains lit for 2 seconds.
Displaying a fault on the screen can be interrupted by pressing and quickly releasing the OK button with “ESCAPE” function. When the OK button is pressed, the screen page that was displayed prior to the event reappears. If the fault does not have a special warning light on the panel, the symbol remains minimised in area D until the cause of malfunctioning has been resolved.
Fault priority levels
The simultaneous display of several faults follows a logic that depends on the priority level assigned to it:
Priority level 0 – Extremely critical fault
Priority level 1 – Critical fault
Priority level 2
Non-critical fault When several fault events occur at the same time, faults with priority level 0 are displayed ﬁrst, followed by priority level 1 and then priority level 2. The information on the various faults is displayed in turn for 5 seconds each. In any case, the total display time for each fault is never less than 20 seconds. If a fault message with priority level 1 or 2 is being displayed, the priority level 2 message is only displayed once the priority level 1 message has been displayed for at least 2 seconds. If, on the other hand, another new priority level 0 fault occurs, this is displayed immediately
Indication of failure of turn indicators and running lights
A failure of the running lights (front and/or rear) and turn indicators (front and/or rear) is indicated in the same way as other faults but the vehicle symbol with the faulty running light or turn indicator indicated in red is displayed together with a description of the failure instead of the “External lights failure” symbol .When the display cycle ends or the OK button. “ESCAPE” function has been pressed, the “External lights failure” symbol is minimised.
“Doors, engine or luggage compartment lid open” function display
If one or more doors or the engine and/or luggage compartment lid are open, the vehicle symbol appears on the display and indicates which doors or lids are open together with a special message. If the vehicle is in motion, an acoustic signal is also emitted. When the display cycle ends or the OK button with “ESCAPE” function has been pressed, the special symbol is minimised .
What is the central instrument on the Ferrari 458 Spider’s dashboard?
The analog tachometer, which prominently displays the engine’s revolutions per minute, is the major gauge on the Ferrari 458 Spider’s dashboard.
What kind of engine is used in the Ferrari 458 Spider?
A strong mid-mounted V8 engine powers the Ferrari 458 Spider.
How many gears does the Ferrari 458 Spider’s transmission have?
A seven-speed dual-clutch transmission is standard on the Ferrari 458 Spider.
What do the paddle shifters behind the steering wheel control?*
The paddle shifters allow the driver to manage the transmission manually, allowing for rapid and precise gear changes.
What is the role of the digital infotainment screen in the instrument cluster?
The digital infotainment screen gives you access to navigation, multimedia, and vehicle settings, which improves convenience and entertainment.
Are there analog gauges in the Ferrari 458 Spider’s cockpit?
Yes, the Ferrari 458 Spider has analog gauges and switches to provide a tangible link to the car’s mechanics.
What is the significance of the prancing horse emblem on the tachometer?
The prancing horse insignia is Ferrari’s distinctive symbol, and it is boldly displayed on the tachometer, representing the car’s lineage and heritage.
How does the tachometer enhance the driving experience?
The tachometer provides real-time feedback on engine performance, allowing the driver to fine-tune the throttle for maximum power and control.
Can the Ferrari 458 Spider’s instrument cluster be customized?
Yes, Ferrari frequently offers instrument cluster modification options, allowing consumers to adapt it to their liking.
What kind of information do the digital displays on the instrument cluster provide?
The digital displays provide information on the vehicle’s speed, fuel levels, temperature, and trip data.
How does the Ferrari 458 Spider’s cockpit blend luxury and functionality?
By blending current technology with analog features, the cockpit combines luxury with functionality, providing a harmonious and comfortable driving environment.
Are there any driving modes that affect the instruments and gauges?
Yes, many recent Ferraris, including the 458 Spider, have different driving modes that can change the behavior and information presented on the instruments and gauges.
What materials are used for the construction of the Ferrari 458 Spider’s instruments and gauges?
Ferrari constructs the instruments and gauges with high-quality materials such as premium leather, aluminum, and carbon fiber, assuring both longevity and aesthetic appeal.
How does the Ferrari 458 Spider’s instrument layout pay homage to its racing heritage?
To enhance the entire driving experience, the layout combines tactile controls, switches, and an emphasis on the driver, reminiscent of the brand’s racing pedigree.
Can the Ferrari 458 Spider’s instruments and gauges be easily read while driving at high speeds?
Yes, the instruments and gauges are designed to be easily viewable even at high speeds, allowing the driver to keep informed while avoiding distraction.
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