Ferrari has unveiled the 458 Challenge at the company's annual dealer meeting in Maranello.
Based on the 458 Italia, the Challenge features a modified dual-clutch F1 gearbox, an 'E-Diff' electronic differential, and an 'F1-Trac' traction control system with settings for wet / dry conditions. Other goodies include a race suspension (with solid aluminum bushings, stiffer springs, and single-rate dampers), high performance Brembo CCM2 brakes (from the 599XX), and 19-inch wheels outfitted with Pirelli tires.
To reduce the car's weight, Ferrari used thinner body panels, carbon fiber components, and Lexan windows. While the company declined to release detailed specifications, the 458 Italia scales in at 1380 kg (3042 lbs).
Power is provided by a 4497 cc V8 engine that produces 570 PS (562 hp / 419 kW) and 540 Nm (398 lb-ft) of torque. It enables the race car to lap the Fiorano test circuit in 1 minute, 16.5 seconds - two seconds faster than the F430 Challenge.
According to Ferrari, the 458 Challenge "...is extremely responsive, with great performance and superb handling. This mid-rear V8-engined berlinetta will allow Ferrari Challenge participants to enjoy to the full the exhilarating cut and thrust of the race weekends on the world's leading circuits, as well as the passion that has always been an integral part of Ferrari's one-make championship."
Check out the press release for additional information