Ferrari makes a different contribution to the 35th edition of the Bologna Motor Show with a stand devoted entirely to its racing activities showcasing their track programme. The Ferrari F430 GTC, FXX and 599XX are accompanied by the brand new 458 Challenge.
The 458 Challenge makes its world debut at the Bolognese event. This mid-rear V8 berlinetta is derived from the 458 Italia and is the fifth model used by Ferrari in its single-series racing programme. The latter is currently split into Italian, European and North American championships which will be flanked next year by the new Asia-Pacific series.
The 458 racer is powered by the direct injection 4499cc V8 remains strictly in production tune, with an output of 570hp at 9,000rpm. Modifications have been made to the gear ratios and calibration of its dual-clutch F1 gearbox to guarantee higher torque at lower revs. The 458 Challenge is also equipped with the E-Diff electronic differential already employed on the road-going version, a first for Ferrari’s track-only cars.
[Live pictures via Motori.it]