Ferrari 458 Challenge test session at Italy track

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A few weeks ago, Ferrari officially debuted its latest Challenge race car, based on the 458 Italia. Now they’ve released new photos of the car during its test session at the Vallelunga race circuit.

Factory test drivers Maurizio Mediani and Jaime Melo were quoted as saying “very quick and extremely good fun” and “I am sure that Prancing Horse competition owners will be very pleased with the car,” basically nice generic lines for the press release.

Using the standard roadgoing 458 Italia as a base, Ferrari creates the Challenge version by increasing output of the 4.5L V8 to 570 hp, cutting weight via thinner and lighter body panels, adding a race-specific suspension setup, fitting 19-inch BBS wheels with Pirelli racing slicks, installing a set of carbon ceramic Brembo brakes and more.

So equipped, Ferrari claims the 458 Challenge can lap Fiorano over two seconds per lap quicker than its predecessor, the F430 Challenge, while pulling 1.6G in lateral acceleration.

Posted: August 1st, 2010
at 9:09am by The Editor

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  1. At last! A design that continues the Ferrari standard for speed and beauty. The last four models have been disappointing but Ferrari is back on the right path. I’ve owned Ferraris since 1969 and define the 458 Challenge a winner.

    Don Luke

    4 Aug 10 at 10:11 pm



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