Mar 18, 2018







The Ferrari 488 Spyder Paint Protection Film Works, welcomed its mid-engined, 2-seater sports car that replaced the 458 in 2016. Constructed from an aluminium monocoque shell, the 488 design sees a number of refinements and improvements to the exterior and the performance over its predecessor.

Featuring an all-aluminium dry sump, the gearbox is based on the 458’s and controlled through an automated manual dual-clutch 7-speed F1 gearbox manufactured for Ferrari by Getrag.




The 3.9 litre V8 features twin-scroll turbochargers with compressor wheels forged from titanium/aluminium alloy commonly used in jet engines for its ability to withstand high temperatures and to reduce inertia. The aerodynamics of the 488 have been improved too with a new front double splitter and blown rear spoiler which negates the requirement for a raised wing.




A central ‘Aero Pillar’ deflects wind under the body and a new enlarged active rear diffuser, together with purposefully placed vents and scoops reduce drag and increase aerodynamic performance. In fact, the new design increases downforce by a whopping 50% over the 458. Even the ‘shark fin’ door handles have been engineered to deflect air into the large intakes over the wheels. All this tinkering has delivered some Ferrari-record breaking results: a power output of 169.4 hp per litre and 144 ft-lb of torque per litre, a 0-62 mph time of 3.0 seconds and a top speed of 202 mph.




All that speed and momentum required a little more stopping power than was available with the 458. Discs are now 398 mm at the front, and 360 mm on the rear which reduce stopping distances by 9% over the 458. Additionally, the 488 has been fitted with improved carbon ceramic brakes using new technology harvested from ‘LaFerrari’ which reduces the time needed to reach optimum operating temperature.




New Car Protection packages like the Ferrari 488 Spyder Paint Protection Film works are an essential investment for those looking to preserve the aesthetics and the resale value of a vehicle. With this in mind, the owner of this brand new Ferrari 488 Spider booked it into The Utimate Detailer Studio for the ultimate New Car Protection package including Ultimate Detailer Coating. Ultimate Coating 2-stage coating system that offers durable high gloss, hydrophobic protection.




Along with engineering the formula, UDC 10H has spent much time researching and testing application methods to ensure the two layers are laid down for optimum performance. There is, therefore, a stipulated manner in which UDC10H must be applied and strict environmental controls must be in place, with temperature and humidity within set parameters. In order to maintain the consistency of performance UDC10H is only available as a service through Ultimate Detailer Collection trained and certified detailers. Enjoy the Ferrari 488 Spyder Paint Protection Film Works.




As well as opting for the highest level of sealant, the owner of the 488 Spider also elected to have paint protection film (PPF) applied to vulnerable areas to protect against stone chips. Additionally, he specified Alloy Wheel Protection for the 20-inch forged diamond rims (just one of many options the owner had opted for) and Glass ClearVision Treatment.




After rinsing, the 488 was treated for iron contamination using Bilt-Hamber Korrosol followed by Surfex HD to eliminate greasy residues and diesel splatters.

The iron contamination comes from brake pads and although this car has ceramic brakes, it could have collected ferrous contamination from cars braking around it. These particles are corrosive if left in place for too long. Diesel and other greasy deposits can cause permanent staining, a particular issue on white or light-coloured paintwork. As the protective coating and the PPF will seal the paintwork, all contamination must be removed first to prevent it being sealed beneath the protective layers. – Daniel (The Ultimate Detailer)

With decontamination complete, the Ferrari 488 Spyder Paint Protection Film Works was washed using the Two Bucket Method, keeping wash water and rinse water in separate buckets to prevent dirt removed from the panels inadvertently being transferred back onto the panels. After rinsing the suds away, an Aqua Gleam De-ionising Water Filter was attached in-line with a hose to deliver a final, pure water rinse. The 488 Spider was then brought into the detailing studio where it was dried using a BigBoi BlowR Mini car dryer. The warmed, filtered air forces water away from surfaces and out from behind natural trap areas such as grilles, vents and from behind wing mirrors. This ensures that drips are eliminated, an important step as moisture will interfere with the application process of ceramic coatings.

Once SUNTEK ULTRA Ultimate had completely settled, the exposed paintwork was sprayed with Gtechniq Panel Wipe to remove any unwanted polish residue. Then, UDC10h, encouraging a superior number of bonds to form between the layers. After leaving the Base Coat to cure for around one hour, No.2 Top Coat was carefully applied and buffed off. The combined result is a highly durable finish and, because the molecules bond more densely, the issue of water spotting commonly associated with many ceramic sealants is avoided. The gloss produced by UDC10H is remarkable, even on white paintwork which is notoriously hard to add depth of shine to.

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