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Ferrari 458 GT2 – Click above for high-res image

As impressive as it may be in its own right, when Ferrari introduces a new V8 supercar, you know there's more to come. A Spider version. A Challenge racer. Probably a CS/Scuderia-style hardcore street version somewhere down the line. And yes, a GT2 racing version. That appears to be what we're looking at right here.

Once a top-tier Le Mans contender, Ferrari's sportscar racing program is largely limited these days to the GT2 category, leaving the likes of Peugeot and Audi to compete for top honors in the LMP1 category and its own sister-company Maserati to fight for GT1 victory.

Itself a replacement for the 360 GTC that came before, the F430 GT2 has been a wildly successful racer, winning its class in both the American Le Mans Series and the FIA GT Championship. But its days are numbered as Maranello has been working on its replacement based on the new 458 Italia. And this is our first proper look at it.

As it stands now, the 458 GT2 has a face that looks something like a jack-o-lantern, but some simple black trim around the maw will surely go great lengths towards rectifying that. And besides, if this machine proves to be as giant a leap forward over the one it replaces as the 458 Italia street car is over the F430, its rivals will only be seeing the back end of it, anyway. Top tip, Alex!

[Source: Axis of Oversteer]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm sure everybody here will only talk about how it looks but this car is only meant to be fast and win races
      Good luck Ferrari
        • 4 Years Ago
        Exactly.

        Function > Form

        I think it looks pretty bad-ass anyway.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Jake the Corvette Mascot sez: bring it on, Prancing Horse.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks kinda cheap to me...like they took a nice car and slapped cheap body kits on.
        • 4 Years Ago
        My opinion is based more off the materials. I understand they need the body to be as light as possible, but that looks like cheap plastic you'd find on a low end 90's import. On some parts it looks like you could kick it and the piece would crack off with ease.
        • 4 Years Ago
        This is the biggest crime of ricers: they copied the fully functional looks of real race cars and made those "body kits" so common that the original, functional look now appears to be "just a cheap bodykit". I am saddened.

        I really like the 458. It looks super angry :)
        • 4 Years Ago
        At least Ferrari put the rear wing on properly - right side up and facing forward, at a functional angle of attack.

        You'd be surprised how many Honda guys get that wrong... Or perhaps not.

        Same thing with the dive plane winglets up front - a lot of Honda guys seem to flip the lefts and rights.
        • 4 Years Ago
        carbon fiber isn't cheap. race cars tend to have a more "hollow" or less substantial look to them because they tend to be a lot of empty space surrounded by carbon fiber. Say what you will about it, but there is nothing plastic or cheap about that car.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Dude, it's a race car.
        • 4 Years Ago
        And my opinion is based off of....it's a race car.

        I doubt they were concerned about how the materials "look."
      • 4 Years Ago
      i think there is a lot of ford gt-40 or maybe pantera
      • 4 Years Ago
      Didn't Corvette win Lemans AND FIA GT3 this year? 458 schmore five eight. :D
      • 4 Years Ago
      What are the uses of the vents on the front when the engine's at the back? Fuel pump cooling?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Radiators.

        and even if it wasn't aero and turbulence is such a dark art I wouldn't be suprised if mounting a large mickey mouse statue on the hood decreased drag while increasing down force

        • 4 Years Ago
        Doesn't really matter where the engine is, radiators get placed where they work the best. Just look at the Veyron. Even 911s have front mounted radiators. Those suckers take a lot of coolant to fill up.
        The most interesting case I've seen is the Lexus LF-A, it's front-engined but has rear mounted radiators, but still has front mounted A/C condensers. Whatever works right?
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'll bet they put radiators up front. Lots of Mid Engine cars do
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks sweet!

      I'd argue the GT2 ZR1 test car looked a little meaner, though. ;)

      http://www.0-60mag.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/04/zr1gt2.jpg
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yeah, it looks like a BAMF.

      I'd love to hear it at WOT going down the straight somewhere. I am sure it sounds like something coming straight out of hell or heaven, whichever way you want.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks like photoshop. Just saying.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That look mean as hell!
      I like!!!!!!!!!!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Im usually a vette racing fan but wow!!! I will be devoting some attention to these guys based on how bad azz this car looks.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This car looks like the result of a selfish Mexican that worked extra shifts building homes, made too much money and forgot to send it back to his family in Mexico.
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