First details and pics of Ferrari's new 458 racer, which forms the basis of a new one-make series

Ferrari has revealed its new 458 Challenge, a lighter and faster version of its mid-engined supercar that will join the grids in one-make race series from 2011.

Unveiled at Maranello during Ferrari's annual dealer meeting, the 458 Challenge has the same direct-injection, 4.5-litre V8 powerplant as the regular car, producing 562bhp at 9000rpm.

See the first official pic of the Ferrari 458 Challenge racer

The gains for track use come through revised gear ratios and recalibration of the 458's F1 gearbox, plus a major push to save weight.

Ferrari has reduced the thickness of the 458's body panels, and made greater use of lightweight materials such as carbonfibre and Lexan. The firm has declined to quote a weight figure for the new car, however.

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The Challenge's chassis set-up features stiffer springs, single-rate dampers, 19in racing wheels, larger Pirelli slick tyres and a lower ride height (down by 30mm). It also has Brembo CCM2 brakes, as seen on the 599XX.

The new model also gets Ferrari's E-Diff electronic differential and F1-Trac, its traction control system, the first time these set-ups have been offered on one of the firm's track cars.

Ferrari claims that the 458 Challenge can generate lateral forces of up to 1.6g, and that it laps the firm's Fiorano test circuit in 1m 16.5sec; that's around two seconds faster than the F430 Challenge car.

The 458 Challenge will be the fifth car to compete in the Ferrari Challenge Trofeo Pirelli; it will take on F430s, 360s, F355s and 348s.

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14 July 2010

leaving the racer to one side, isnt the 458 the best looking fezza ever?

14 July 2010

[quote andrepaul999]

leaving the racer to one side, isnt the 458 the best looking fezza ever?

[/quote]

Would have to respectfully disagree, not the best Ferrari ever.

14 July 2010

"The new model also gets Ferrari's E-Diff electronic differential and F1-Trac, its traction control system, the first time these set-ups have been offered on one of the firm's track cars."

Why a TCS on a Challenge???

14 July 2010

[quote david RS] Why a TCS on a Challenge???[/quote]

I watched a 360 CS race, a few years ago, it had about 5 pro guys who ran off up front, the rest were rich owners who thought they were that there Michael Shoemaker... trust me, they needed TC.

14 July 2010

[quote andrepaul999]

leaving the racer to one side, isnt the 458 the best looking fezza ever?

[/quote]

No, it's the worst-looking car ever. Truly hideous - it ought to be banned as a public health hazard.

At least this version has stickers all over it to hide the dodgy lines of the standard 458 Tumore...

The sticking point, though, will be whether they make it road-legal, or if they even let you have it... or will it be like the FXX and the 599XX in that regard? Pah!

14 July 2010

[quote Straight Six Man]

No, it's the worst-looking car ever. Truly hideous - it ought to be banned as a public health hazard.

At least this version has stickers all over it to hide the dodgy lines of the standard 458 Tumore...

The sticking point, though, will be whether they make it road-legal, or if they even let you have it... or will it be like the FXX and the 599XX in that regard? Pah!

[/quote] Don't like Ferrari, do you...

15 July 2010

[quote andrepaul999]isnt the 458 the best looking fezza ever[/quote]

For me it's the 355 targa. Not the full convertible, the one with the removable panel, as featured in Golden Eye with Famke Jannsen. The proportions are just perfect. It's not the fastest any more of course, but it's still the prettiest.

15 July 2010

[quote Lesia44][quote Straight Six Man]

No, it's the worst-looking car ever. Truly hideous - it ought to be banned as a public health hazard.

At least this version has stickers all over it to hide the dodgy lines of the standard 458 Tumore...

The sticking point, though, will be whether they make it road-legal, or if they even let you have it... or will it be like the FXX and the 599XX in that regard? Pah!

[/quote] Don't like Ferrari, do you...[/quote]

I used to adore Ferrari and rubbish Porsche, but I'm growing to respect and admire Porsche while I watch Ferrari go down the pan. Enzo must be spinning in his grave.

For me, if they could do a modern 355, with flush headlamps, the 458's engine, traction control, diff and brakes, plus the gearbox (with a proper manual option) AND kept traditional indicator stalks etc instead of going for a geekfest like they have in the 458, I'd be happy - but right now Ferrari has been edged out of my dream garage by a 997 GT3...

15 July 2010

[quote MHanna]

[quote andrepaul999]isnt the 458 the best looking fezza ever[/quote]

For me it's the 355 targa. Not the full convertible, the one with the removable panel, as featured in Golden Eye with Famke Jannsen. The proportions are just perfect. It's not the fastest any more of course, but it's still the prettiest.

[/quote]

The 458 and 599 are IMHO, the better looking of the recent Ferraris, unfortunately not the absolute prettiest - for me it's a toss-up between the 355 and the Dino.

15 July 2010

[quote Samiur Rahman SHAH]The 458 and 599 are IMHO, the better looking of the recent Ferraris, unfortunately not the absolute prettiest - for me it's a toss-up between the 355 and the Dino. [/quote]

It's got to be the 250GTE and the 275GTB/GTS.

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