• Aug 11, 2010
Ferrari 458 Italia caught testing – Click above to watch video after the jump

A video camera can do strange things to reality. While we've always heard that training a lens on a person can add 10 pounds to their figure, it's also true that focusing on a moving car can subtract 20 mph. Watching a car scoot around a track on screen and seeing the same action in real life, or even worse, from the cockpit, are two entirely different things. At some point during the migration from the real world to digital representation, things just seem to slow down, which is exactly why this video of the Ferrari 458 Italia Challenge after the jump is so impressive. The beast looks down right fast on film, so we can only imagine the kind of tear in the space-time continuum it could develop here in the real world.

Ferrari has pulled something special with its newest track bully. While the car still breathes through the same 570-horsepower 4.5-liter V8 as its more civil sibling, the company shaved a considerable amount of weight and fitted it with the same globe-crushing brakes as the 599XX. The changes have been enough to give the 458 Italia Challenge the guts to lap the Fiorano circuit in a blistering 1:16.5. That's a mere two-tenths of a second off of the lap time of the marginally more loco FXX.

That puddle on the floor? Yeah, that's from our mouths watering. We'll get someone on that.

[Source: Axis of Oversteer]



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      • 4 Years Ago
      My comment was narrowly focused on that one statement only, not in reference to distance from a point.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Think what makes it look so fast as well is that it just looks as if it's on rails. The car just zooms over the track without any drama whatsoever.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Too bad the Challenge drivers are a bunch of no talent @ss clowns. Shame it is wasted on them.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The 2011 McLaren MP4-12C is going to have some very stiff competition.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Extremely stiff.

        +1 Ferrari...as I've voiced before, I adore this car. It looks stunning, and it has the power to back up the looks.

        Although, I'd like to drive it and see how well Ferrari's idea of putting every button on the steering wheel works (turn signals, head lights, wipers, etc). It makes sense anyways. But lets be honest here, whether that setup work or doesn't, after mashing that accelerator I don't think I (or anyone else) could care less.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Great car.

      Sounds even better than before.

      But still an ugly duckling compared to the LP560-4.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ferrari's doing some right with the 458... now if only it will bring back the 6 speed manuals....
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's true Zack, things do slow down considerably on modern standard digital and analogue video. 24 frames per second is quite a bit less than what the eye can actually experience.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Sorry for the multiple posts, the comments system disallows the word that Zack used for the inside of a car where the driver sits.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The reason things seem faster inside the car is because you not only have to calculate that higher information load, you also have to experience its effects on the body.
        • 4 Years Ago
        My comment was narrowly focused on that one statement only, not in reference to distance from a point. We may be talking about the same thing from a different perspective.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Just as with A/V gear it takes more processing power to handle the higher frame load.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Is it me or the car is really quiet for an atmo v8. It almost sound like the forced induction of the mp4-12c...
      • 4 Years Ago
      If you provided just a sound recording, then asked me to guess what it was... I would have said 'airshow'. Damn!
      • 4 Years Ago
      No doubt it has a wonderful drag coefficient, but the headlight configuration of this model makes it look like the business end of some preternatural snake that I do not want!

      Not a fan of the tail light treatment either.

      On a positive note, loving the apparent sweet handling and fulsome acceleration.

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