• Jul 31st 2010 at 7:59PM
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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 on hand to provide feedback on the 458 Challenge, and predictably, both seem impressed with the car's capabilities. Mediani described his drive as "very quick and extremely good fun," while his counterpart commented, "I am sure that Prancing Horse competition owners will be very pleased with the car."

Using the standard roadgoing 458 Italia as a base, Ferrari creates the Challenge version by increasing output of the 4.5-liter V8 to 570 horsepower, 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 a cornea-yanking 1.6g's worth of lateral acceleration. You can check out the new photos below, and we'll be sure to bring you any more if Ferrari sends them our way.



[Source: Ferrari]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      its kinda look good but there can be still some good design for that.
      • 5 Years Ago
      wow. nice design, color. that is really a nice good looking car. i like how it was designed and the body panels look terrific. nice good job ferrari.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I prefer the 430 variant, that rear is so sexy with the exhaust perforating the mesh. well that was the scuderia but u get the picture
      • 5 Years Ago
      "Thinner and lighter body panels"? Isn't the regular 458 the car with 1mm thick body panels?

      This is like asking Nicole Richie to go on a diet.

      Awesome nonetheless, of course. The 458 I think will age VERY well
        • 5 Years Ago
        soooooooooooo pretty
      • 5 Years Ago
      On what kind of tires though? Believe it or not, even a Mustang or RX-8 can hit a peak 1.5 lateral Gs on race slicks. If it can do it on a compound that gets 5000 miles of "normal" use you can color me impressed. If they're race slicks... not so impressive.

      Another thing to consider is lateral Gs is sort of like increasing top speed. The drop-off of speed versus lateral Gs is quite significant. In a corner, the difference between 1.1G and 1.6G might only be 5 or 6 mph. It's still impressive, but to go faster, the G forces increase rather quickly past 1.0.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I believe these are the best looking Ferrari's my eyes have gazed upon. Age quite well indeed.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Oh. My. Wow. This car will be jaw-droppingly awesome. Yeah, I just made up a word for this baby. I really do love this car, even in "base" form. Challenge/Scuderia version? Yes. Please.

      Now lets see what Lamborghini answers with....
      • 5 Years Ago
      That is the best looking picture of this car I have seen. I still don't like the design.
      • 5 Years Ago
      haha can never get over the standard racing driver "thumbs up" photos..
        • 5 Years Ago
        Well with a helmet on, the only other logical expression would be a middle finger.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I find that (with helmet off), the middle finger IS the most logical expression to use most times.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Two seconds quicker? That is a ton. I guess they figure that is what it will take to stay competitive. This thing may be heading for some equalization via restrictors as I do not think any of GT2 cars are allowed to make 570HP currently. I was not a huge fan of the 458 styling, but the challenge car looks very good.
        • 5 Years Ago
        This is the Challenge car, not the GT2, think of it as the GT3 Cup cars.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I really liked Ferraris' more when the tail lights were in the body.

      This whole half in half out thing they got goin on kills the understated beauty.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yea, but it's still a Ferrari, which means it's still a "work of art." Unlike the Bravo show, it's good no matter what.

        I need milk. I'm going to buy a buy a lottery ticket while I'm at it. It's the only way I could ever afford to buy one. (I'll need to spend my retirement future funds plus some considering I'll need a second to supplement it with at least another car and the insurance would be killer).
        • 5 Years Ago
        Agree, example, the 360 Modena back panel was flawless, the 430 ruined the back with those lights (not to mention the horse nostrils up front.) Seems almost EVERY manufacturer is falling into exaggerated styling in some form, giant mouth grilles that look like the home vacuum cleaner, extra scoops, unnecessary lines, over emphasized front wheel wells, etc. Course now some childish poser-poster will say, "oh yeah well what do YOU drive?" (typical response here) as if only someone who can afford a Ferrari is entitled to say something about their design!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Not only do they build sharp cars they hire the best photographers in the business.



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