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Driving The Ferrari 430 Scuderia Spider 16M Is Like Riding a Unicorn

To celebrate their 16th victory in the Formula 1 World Championship, Ferrari produced the 430 Scuderia Spider 16M. In the scheme of hyper cars, the Scuderia 16M is about as obsolete as your IPhone 3GS.  Although the 16M was released in 2009, it doesn’t mean it’s no longer relevant among current super cars. Put it next to the 458 Italia, and the 16M still has the ability to out carve its younger sibling.  The specifications are still impressive to today’s standards with a 0 to 60 MPH run at 3.7 seconds. The sheer looks of the car will still turn heads and when given a chance to take it for a spin, will leave you breathless.

Just like the other opportunity I had in driving the 458 Spider, I found this deal online through Urban Daddy. I had the rare privilege of taking the 499th model onto Pocono Raceway, thanks to Signature Car Collection. I spent $500, which included the insurance and fuel. After 8 minutes behind the wheel, I can vouch that the 16M is much faster and more agile than the 458 Spider.  If the 16M were a carbon fiber cake, the icing would be the exhaust note. It has a roar of a banshee to send your eardrums straight to the afterlife. In terms of rarity, there are only 499 examples of the 16M, shooting resale values upwards to $399,000 USD on Dupont Registry.

Allow yourself to watch the video below at high volume, preferably with a surround sound system. I hope you don’t mind my erratic, amateur shifting. When you get behind the wheel of a rare unicorn such as the 16M, the whole experience becomes overwhelming to the senses.

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About Gregg Lanez - Contributor

At age 11, Gregg was a victim of a hit and run accident. After four stitches to the side of his skull, and left with a permanent indentation to his head, it would be safe to assume that he would develop a fear of cars. Yet the minute he earned his driver’s license, his love for speed has taken him to explore his own limitations behind the wheel. Holding an International Driver’s License has given him the opportunity to drive through the mountains of Montenegro and Japan. He still owns his first car, a Mitsubishi Eclipse GT and daily drives a Range Rover Evoque. He has a career with Celgene Corporation as a Patient Support Specialist, helping cancer patients obtain their treatments. Gregg also serves as an Environmental Commissioner for Jersey City, advocating sustainability initiatives and green infrastructure.

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