Ferrari 458 Challenge at Laguna Seca – Click above to watch video after the jump

The Ferrari 458 Challenge made its racing debut last month at Monza, and the spec race car appeared for the first time here in the U.S. a few weeks later at California's Infineon Raceway. While we couldn't make it out to Sonoma for the latter, we did get our first look at the 458 Challenge this past weekend at the Ferrari Racing Days at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

As with its road cars, Ferrari somehow manages to vastly improve the performance of each generation of race cars, and the 458 Challenge is no exception. Ferrari says that the 458 Challenge can lap the Fiorano race track about two seconds faster than its predecessor, and that difference translated to Laguna Seca. The fastest 458 Challenge cars were turning in times more than three seconds quicker than the top 430 Challenge cars. Even the fastest 430 driver, who set a new class qualifying lap record of 1:31.630, was half a second behind the slowest 458.

You can see our photos of the 458 Challenge at the Ferrari Racing Days in the high-res gallery below, and follow the jump to watch a video of the cars tackle Laguna Seca's famous Corkscrew.




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      David Martin
      • 3 Years Ago
      so was it faster then the dodge viper acr-x couldnt find the acr-x exact time
        RJX
        • 3 Years Ago
        @David Martin
        I believe the record Viper lap you are referring to was a 1:33:944, but that was the road-car record.
      MoonMan
      • 3 Years Ago
      I was there on sunday and man was it awesome !
      Ricardo Perez
      • 3 Years Ago
      That number 22 in the 458 held it strong all race long. It was very fun to be out there. I am quite jealous that the photographer was able to be so close at the corkscrew, but they at least got much better footage then me.
      Prince David
      • 3 Years Ago
      This series is amazing I always love these Ferrari Challenges. Sega please make another Ferrari Challenge game with 3 screens. Thanks.
      Rick
      • 3 Years Ago
      Check my video from the weekend at Laguna Seca. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JrgaBeDIbUQ
      onewayroll
      • 3 Years Ago
      Not sure how it works, did those 458's leave the factory in race spec form or are they Modded after?
      Robert Bumpus
      • 3 Years Ago
      It was a great event, the corkscrew was the place to be . . . Robert Ferrari Beverly Hills Collision Center
      Toneron
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow life's a bitch for some people...