• Apr 12, 2010
2011 Ferrari 458 Italia - Click above for high-res image gallery

Chances are you probably haven't seen the 458 Italia in person in the United States. The company's newest mid-engined V8 coupe missed out on expected appearances due to Ferrari's absence at the major auto shows this year, and only top clients and celebrities were invited to the private party and auction held for the 458 Italia in Southern California last month.

Ferrari did finally show off the 458 Italia to the public this past weekend – not at a major auto show or concours event but rather near the small town of Tooele, Utah. The decision wasn't completely random, however, as Miller Motorsports Park was hosting the second Ferrari Challenge event of the year.

The 458 Italia was prominently on display next to the garage filled with Corse Clienti and F430 Challenge cars, and it definitely attracted its fare share of attention. Check out the gallery of live photos below, and check back soon for more coverage from the Ferrari Challenge.



Photos by Drew Phillips / Copyright ©2010 Weblogs, Inc.


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Che cosa meravigliosa! Molto bella. Divina.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That is one ugly Ferrari.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Not bad looking. I just wish lambo would make a newer version of the countach a limited model. And yes it started the super car craze not corvette!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Those headlights are sick
      • 4 Years Ago
      Like many cars, it was better looking in person, and in one of the photos I took it really looked like the 2010 version of the 308... just needed a targa top and a guy with a Hawaiian shirt and a mustache behind the wheel.

      It was a definitely a surprise to see it, but the FXX and 599XX really were the star attractions. Can't wait to see a 599 GTO.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Man, I live in Salt Lake, I guess that was a good reason to goto Tooele even though nobody really wants to drive there.
      And Larry Miller was a huge guy that owned everything here.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It looks like an updated version of a two-seat sports car. I would probably stick in one of my rotary engines that is rated at over 2000 horses, some flywheels to store excess energy generated by the generator the engine would spin, an 1800 horse generator, and twin 750-horse electric motors to spin the back wheels. With plasma igniters, the engine could run on water and with two 40 gallon water tanks, the range might be 500 miles. With a top speed of over 250 mph, it could be one of the fastest production cars in the world.
      • 4 Years Ago
      First thing I thought of when i saw that was a lambo.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Utah? lol
      • 4 Years Ago
      We were there this weekend. It was a blast, and a nice surprise to see the 458! I also spent Sunday going through 400 photos and nearly 45 min of HD video! If you have a chance to see these guys, it's worth going!
      • 4 Years Ago
      CSI better get down there and pull some fingerprints:

      http://www.autoblog.com/gallery/ferrari-458-italia-at-miller-motorsports-park/#16

      Somebody owes somebody an apology for letting this thing get dirty.

      Better yet, just give it to me, as I "promise" to "take care of" this fine piece of machinery.

      • 4 Years Ago
      Points:

      Tooele, Utah, is pronounced 'Too-ehl-uh' or 'Too-il-ah', never 'Tooly'.

      It is to the south of the Great Salt Lake and is about 30 minutes away from downtown Salt Lake City (via the interstate, and 45 minutes if you *actually* do the speed limit), separated from the SLC valley by the Oqqirh Mountains (Pronounced like 'ocre', we love our Indian names.)

      Up until a decade ago Tooele was a crap farm town until The Miller Sports Park was built there a few years ago because it's where the cheap land is but still close enough to a metro area.

      The "Miller" refers to Larry H. Miller, a local car dealer magnate and civic icon (recently deceased). One of the key unsung movers responsible for helping bring the "Jazz" to Utah as the "Utah Jazz" if I remember correctly. New Orleans has yet to forgive him.

      He was a huge car guy, literally and figuratively, and also a MotoGP nut too.


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