Off goes the rear wing upon impact with the hay.
Following the Ford RS200’s crash on Friday, another vehicle has fallen victim to the hay bales at the 2017 Goodwood Festival of Speed. This one too was a race car, a Ferrari 458 GT2 belonging to the AF Corse team and driven by Heinz Swoboda up the famous hill where all sorts of vehicles from various eras come together each year. Only a few seconds into the run, he lost grip and the car went out of control while existing a left-hand corner.
After going sideways for a brief moment, the #83 car ultimately smashed into the hay on the right side of the track. The rear wing came off upon impact, while the rear end was probably lightly damaged as well, though chances are the repairs won’t be as extensive as it was the case with the RS200. What matters the most is the driver managed to get out of the race car safe and sound right after the crash.
The Ferrari 458 Italia in the GT2 specification was introduced in 2011 to replace the F430 GTC with the same 4.5-liter V8 engine as the road-going car, but with a different power output in order to meet the mandatory restrictions. It had about 100 horsepower less than the regular model, but at the same time it was approximately 240 kilograms (529 pounds) lighter.
Another important difference between the two is the transmission, a six-speed Hewland sequential gearbox in the case of the race car whereas the road-legal 458 has a seven-speed, dual-clutch unit.
If you’re wondering about the value of such a car, a similar GT2-spec 458 was up for grabs a few years ago for a cool $425,000. The 458 GT2 was replaced for the 2016 season onwards by the 488 GTE based on the street-legal 488 GTB, which has also served as foundation for another race car, the 488 GT3.
Source: Goodwood Festival of Speed