Ferrari Releases 458 Challenge Test Video

At the beginning of the month, Ferrari unveiled the 458 Challenge, the racing incarnation of the supercar, at the Bologna Motor Show in Italy. Now the Prancing Horse is offering us the first official video of the car. The footage presents the racer with the help of Ferrari drivers Raffaele De Simone and Maurizio Mediani.

The 458 Challenge is the carmaker's fifth single series racing program vehicle. The customers that wish to enter the program can choose between Italian, European and North American championships, with a new Asia-Pacific series coming next year.

"The 458 Challenge also 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. With the new 458 Challenge, Ferrari puts an exceptional combination of extreme performance, superb fun behind the wheel and unique driving emotions at the finger-tips of its sporting, professional and gentleman-driver clients," stated the press release.

The car comes with the same output of 570 hp, but offers improvements in areas like the suspension and is also lighter than the street-destined incarnation of the 458.

"A first for a Ferrari Challenge model is the adoption of the F1-Trac traction control system, the most sophisticated of its kind. Developed in-house by Ferrari, the F1-Trac system constantly monitors levels of grip for maximum high-performance road-holding. Two specific track-biased calibrations have been developed for this application, with control logics and strategies derived from Ferrari’s extensive racing experience in the F1 and GT championships. The F1-Trac is completely integrated with the E-Diff to guarantee maximum stability and acceleration both into and out of corners," explained the press release.

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