Originally based on the F430 Challenge, the F430 GT3 is a specialized racing car developed in 2006 for the European FIA GT3 championship and other national GT championships such as British GT and FFSA GT. It is mechanically similar to the F430 Challenge but has better developed aerodynamics and more power.
The car uses the same 4.3 L V8 engine, developed to produce 550 hp (410 kW; 558 hp), making the GT3 more powerful than its GT2 counterpart. However, due to GT3 regulations which stipulate that the car must have a weight / power ratio of approximately 2.6 kg / hp, the car weighs 1,219 kg (2,687 pounds) in the race trim (driver and fuel excluded),  which is approximately 119 kg (262 lb) more than the specific GT2 car. Despite the increased power, it is significantly slower than the GT2 version; for example, in the endurance race of the 24 Ore Spa in 2007, in which both models were entered, the best qualifying time for vehicles with GT3 specifications was around 8 seconds slower per lap than that set by the vehicle with GT2 specifications.
When it comes to Nannini, especially in Siena, one cannot fail to mention two other members of this unique and famous family throughout Italy. In fact, Alessandro’s father, Danilo (1921-2007), was a well-known and esteemed local entrepreneur, well known in the confectionery industry, in the world of football and the Palio di Siena (he was several times Prior of the Contrada della Civetta) . For a good 18 years, Danilo has held the position of President of Siena Calcio, a team that in the 2000s also reached the historic goal of Serie A. For music lovers instead, Alessandro can boast of having a really rock sister like Gianna Nannini. The singer-songwriter, in business since 1974, is one of the most loved voices of Italian music.
Gianna was born in 1954, five years before Alessandro, who came into the world on July 7, 1959. The approach to the four-wheeled field takes place in the 70s, when he begins his experience in the rally championships. Things changed however in 1980, when Nannini moved to the category of uncovered wheels making his debut in the newly established Formula Fiat Abarth. In this championship there is no success in the first year, but he repeats the victory on the second attempt in 1981. And thanks to this absolute first place, Alessandro’s career undergoes another welcome change of direction.In keeping with his flair for young and promising drivers, Gian Carlo Minardi decides to hire a new Italian driver for the 1982 European Formula 2 championship. The choice falls precisely on the Sienese, who is joined by another Italian driver such as Paolo Barilla . A story has passed The duration of five seasons, which ended with the fierce competition of Formula 2 up to the joy of the debut in Formula 1. Minardi, through its official website, recently published a nice interview made right at Nannini, in which all the memories of those five seasons are collectedAfter three seasons spent fighting in Formula 2, Gian Carlo Minardi promotes Nannini in “first team”, making the Tuscan debut for the 1986 season. The dream of being able to race in the top car series finally comes true, but enthusiasm is at serious risk to vanish. In fact, while Nannini is notable for his promising pilot skills, he is often a victim of the reliability of the turbocharged engine which leaves him on foot on several occasions. In an extract from the interview released on the Minardi website, Nannini states:
“Unfortunately, it has been two difficult seasons (Nannini will also race for the Faenza team in 1987), characterized by constant problems with the engine, which was our” Achilles heel “. Too bad for the reliability and for the retirements, also because the chassis was really very good, and the engine was organized by an engineer who has always considered a genius, considered by the results obtained. In Minardi I spent wonderful years, the most beautiful of my career in Formula 1, also because I had the pleasure of confronting a great driver like Andrea De Cesaris. It was a great fortune going on for the team of Gian Carlo, a man who has always loved this sport and who had the merit, as manager, of discovering and launching the best drivers in recent years “.Despite the great difficulties encountered in Minardi (where he obtained an 11th place in 1987 in Estoril as his best result), Nannini’s talent and qualities still surface. The first to notice the potential of the Tuscan driver is another Italian team, more competitive than Minardi: Benetton. And so, in 1988, Alessandro moved to the court of Luciano Benetton in the role of second guide, flanked by a more experienced pilot like the Belgian Thierry Boutsen. After a retirement collected in the first round of the championship in Brazil, Nannini goes back to Imola where, with a sixth final place, he accumulates his first championship points. Despite the torment of other retreats, the Sienese also closes points in France and Japan, also taking his first fast lap in Germany. On two other occasions, the joy of the podium arrives. In both cases it is a third place, the first of which takes place in the British Grand Prix, which took place under an annoying rain. In the second case, however, Nannini climbs the lowest step of the podium in Spain.
In 1989, also thanks to Boutsen’s move to Williams, Nannini became Benetton’s first guide alongside Johnny Herbert. The Englishman, not yet in the best physical condition following a very bad accident the previous year, is then replaced in the middle of the season by the Italian Emanuele Pirro. For his part, Alessandro, having a more competitive car than in 1988, has the possibility of aiming even higher. In fact, in the first half of the season, in addition to various positive results, he obtained two third places in Imola and once again in Great Britain. In the last two races of the championship then, Nannini closes in great beauty. In the Japanese Grand Prix, decisive for the assignment of the world title between the two contenders Prost and Senna, Nannini is the protagonist of a superlative race. Thanks to the famous contact between the two rivals of McLaren, Alessandro even takes the lead. While Prost is forced to retire, Senna resumes the race and replaces the damaged front wing. On returning to the track, the Brazilian recovers ground on Nannini, overcoming him and winning the race. After the finish line, however, something happens. Senna is in fact disqualified from the final classification, guilty of an advantage by the push of the race commissioners and having traveled the escape route without going through the chicane theater of contact with Comrade ProstWith the exclusion of Senna, Alain Prost becomes mathematically world champion 1989, while Alessandro Nannini is declared winner of the grand prize. The first place obtained by the Tuscan, even if at the table, is the crowning of many sacrifices and many good performances, culminating with the extraordinary performance of Suzuka. The exploitation of Japan also coincides with Nannini’s victory in Formula 1. In the following race in Australia, which ended the 1989 season, Alessandro captured an amazing second place. With four podiums selected, the Benetton driver finished the world in 6th place, 32 points. In fact, it is the best season of his career.At the end of a memorable season, Benetton confirms Nannini also for 1990. The same decision is not made towards his teammate Pirro, who is forced to close the wheel and a multiple world champion like Nelson Piquet. The Brazilian, now at the end of his career, arrives at Benetton together with his enormous experience accumulated in Formula 1. In the aforementioned interview for Minardi, Nannini added Piquet as “the toughest opponent. He does not win three world titles at random – he adds – I learned a lot from him in setting up the car “. The comparison between the two turns out to be very regular on par, with the two drivers also making a good friendship. In a very peaceful environment within the team, Nannini puts himself in the condition to be able to aim for the podium again. The goal is punctually achieved, and three times. He finishes third in Imola, even second in Germany and once again third in Spain. In the search for the last period, Nannini’s career seems to take off also in the forecast of 1991, when it is Ferrari who comes forward to win it in view of the following season. From Maranello a draft contract is delivered to Nannini, which however the Tuscan refuses sensationally, causing amazement throughout the circus. Even today the reasons for the choice remain unclear, even if the most plausible hypothesis remains that of the unsatisfactory contractual conditions for the Tuscan himself.
In any case, Ferrari approval can never be verified for specific reasons. The “Cavallino” will in fact focus on the revelation Jean Alesi, also because Nannini’s career and life underwent a sharp turn on October 12, 1990.
As he pilots his helicopter over the family-owned property, something goes wrong in the landing stages. Nannini is thrown out of the cockpit, and in the accident he loses his right forearm, brutally cut by one of the pale helicopter. Alessandro is immediately hospitalized where, thanks to a delicate and complicated surgical intervention coordinated by Professor Bufalini’s medical team, he is replanted in the ward. Due to this horrible injury, and the long rehabilitation, the Tuscan is forced to skip the final appointments in Japan and Australia, but not only.
Despite having recovered some basic arm functions, others will remain compromised foreverDespite some rumors that they wanted to participate again in a Formula 1 championship, the accident actually marks the end of Alessandro Nannini’s career in the top flight.
He will still be able to get on a single-seater on some occasions, such as the one in which Alesi’s Ferrari tested with great emotion in 1992, or the most recent in 2012, driving a Larrousse to celebrate 50 years of the Suzuka circuit.The experience in Formula 1 is definitely over (with 9 podiums, 1 victory and 2 fastest laps in 76 grand prix races), Nannini does not leave the world of engines. In 1992 he took part in the Tourism championship with Alfa Romeo, winning four races. The following year he moved to the German DTM, competing until 1996 and winning on thirteen occasions. In 1997 he finally moved to the FIA GT championship, but at the end of the season the decision to retire from racing matured.
From 1998 to today, Nannini has been occupied (and still occupied) with the family confectionery company in Siena, also becoming a consultant for economic relations for the Italy-USA Foundation. In his television appearances, the Sienese has always reserved his smile and his typically Tuscan sympathy that also distinguished him in the paddock. Recently, the Sky Sport F1 satellite channel has included it in his column “The lords of Formula 1”, in which Nannini recounts some episodes of his career.