July 14, 2023

The Best of Both Worlds

Scuderia Car Parts are industry leaders in working closely with their clients to create a tailored package so that their car is ready for summer!

The options for exhaust tuning and aesthetic upgrades on the market are vast, and sometimes it can be difficult to understand what you need to do to achieve a certain result with your performance or supercar. Scuderia Car Parts are industry leaders in working closely with their clients to create a tailored package so that their car is ready for summer!

When considering an aftermarket exhaust for your supercar, there are a few important factors to keep in mind. Firstly, choose a reputable brand known for producing high-quality exhaust systems specifically designed for your car model. For a number of years, we’ve supplied only the market-leading brands in their own right such as Novitec, Capristo and Brabus.

Secondly, consider the sound you desire. Whether it’s a deep growl or a more aggressive tone, the deciding factor for this decision will ultimately come down to how you use the car. By all means, if you plan to drive the car on Saturday blasts then a dialled-up version can be perfect, however, for those wishing to take their car on tours or for more daily use, a more liveable package can be designed.

Additionally, all of our exhaust systems offer performance benefits such as improved exhaust flow and reduced weight. Finally, all our tuning products can be fitted by our approved workshop which has worked with us for years to provide a quality finish and customer care to all projects.

Creating a Bespoke Package
How do we normally approach an exhaust modification you may ask? Well, our aim is to give the client a full picture of their options so they can decide what matches their needs best. The value of our time around the cars and the feedback we’ve received means we can work together to design the best package to reach your goal.

Here is our breakdown of one of our most popular projects — the Ferrari 812 exhaust system upgrade.

The headline is this: all 2020-onwards 812 Superfast and GTS are now fitted with the Otto Particulate Filter (OPF) — a very restrictive filter which is fitted after the cats (as one unit). You may notice that your car seems exceptionally quiet, and this is what is causing it.

The exhaust path used to follow this pattern:
Manifolds – 800-cell Cats – Middle Silencer – Rear Silencers.

But the exhaust now follows this pattern:
Manifolds – 800-cell Cats / OPF – Middle Silencer – Rear Silencers.

As you can see there, is a hell of a lot in the way of the exhaust, previously all we needed to do was install the following:
Manifolds – 800-cell Cats – X-Pipe – Novitec Rear Silencers.

This was more than sufficient to elicit a really amazing exhaust note, but the OPF unit means we need to be slightly more aggressive in our modification of the car, and as such we must now install the following parts:
Manifolds – 100-cell Cats / OPF delete – X-Pipe – Novitec Rear Silencers.

You may be aware that when you install sport cats, you will often trigger a warning light, and this is the case with these cats. Typically, this would necessitate a remap of the car, however Novitec has developed a small unit that plugs into the OBD port in the driver’s footwell which searches for errors relating to the cats and clears the error down. This means no check engine light and no need to remap!

Similarly, when you remove the OPF, you will also get a check engine warning light, however this unit will also search for errors relating to the OPF and clears them down too.

Which parts and why?
Back Box & Remote Control Unit
First, we replace your original rear silencers with Novitec Sport Rear Silencers and install a remote-control unit. The 812 sounds good, but to be honest, you have to drive it quite aggressively to get a truly enjoyable exhaust note experience. When the valves in the original exhaust do finally open, you get a nice but fairly muted, muffled sound — it’s not bad but it could be fantastic. Another problem is the way the sound jumps from valves closed to open, which can give the impression to passersby that you’re driving obnoxiously.

The Novitec exhaust changes all of this — it’s a transformation. Straight away the car will be much fuller, deeper and louder at low rpm and will settle to a much fuller large-V12 idle. The note will stay deep at low revs and then, from about 3,000rpm, give way to a much higher-pitched exhaust note which gets linearly louder, according to your throttle input. This point is quite important because the way stock exhaust works means that the valves open all of a sudden, jumping from silent to louder in a moment. This doesn’t happen with the Novitec; the exhaust note now builds in intensity, gradually and cleanly.

All the while as the revs rise, the exhaust tone is changing so that when you reach beyond 5,00rpm, the car makes a really amazing high-pitched motorsport scream, instead of the stock system’s more flat bark. The difference is huge. When you come off the throttle, the valves do not close (unlike the stock system) which means you get a linear winding-down of volume and sound and fantastic pops and crackles on the over-run — it almost sounds better off the throttle than on!

Remember that all this sound is combined with the remote control that is included, which allows you to open the valves up in the Novitec system at any point in the rev range and more importantly close them again at low rpm. This means you can bring the car back to a more discreet volume for long-distance driving and early starts at any time, so the car sounds perfect for every occasion, and you don’t have to sacrifice any of the day-to-day usability with a louder exhaust — you get all the excitement but can always switch it off to silent.

The X-pipe which is supplied as part of this package in addition to the above items removes the stock central muffler and serves to blend exhaust gas pulses from opposite banks of that massive V12. This boosts volume only slightly over Stage 1, but more importantly hones the exhaust tone beautifully, lifting the pitch of the sound even further, and adding a ‘ripping’ edge to it. I love this sound; it’s intense, visceral and in all likelihood the best you’ll ever hear a road car sound short of an F50 with one of our exhausts!

Sport Cats or Decats
As I mentioned above, the cat unit for 2020-onwards 812s is now fitted with the OPF, making the exhaust exceptionally quiet. While it is an expensive modification, we see it as pretty much essential. We’ve had a few customers opt to do cat-back only and every single one of them has subsequently complained that the exhaust is still too quiet. They all ended up purchasing the sport cats or decats as well and ended up paying double the labour bill to have them installed!

There is, of course, a concern about volume, however the car only really becomes offensively loud when you remove the cats entirely. Make no mistake, it’s going to be a fairly loud car with the sport cats installed (it is an 800hp Ferrari with a 6.5L V12 after all!), but it’s by no means obnoxious.

It’s important to note that with the sport cats installed, the volume is perfectly balanced and with the valves closed on the rear silencers, the car is virtually silent, allowing you to cruise on the motorway without drone and pass through sleepy villages and car parks without attracting undue attention.

The beauty of this is that no modification we’re making leaves any trace that it was ever there. No cutting, welding, soldering or ECU trickery — it’s all plug-and-play. This means you can revert the car back to standard when you’re done, and the car will be as it was when it left the factory.

It really is the best of both worlds. We think if you’re going to do it, do it once and do it properly!

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