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Ferrari 458 Challenge

Year (of specifications) 2010
Engine 4.5 litre V8
Transmission 7-speed dual clutch RWD
Max speed -
0-60 mph -
Horsepower 570 bhp @ 9,000 rpm
weight -

As Ferrari always do with their mid-engined supercars, they've just gone ahead and made a 'Challenge' version of the 458 Italia.

The 458 Challenge is a track version of the 458. There's no luxuries or creature comforts, instead theirs stuff like Lexan windows, thinner body panels (to cut weight), fire suppression systems, a single bucket racing seat and harness, 19" center-nut racing wheels, and big slick tires.

The engine of the 458 Challenge is left unmodified to comply with the racing class regulations. This means it still develops 570 horsepower @ 9,000 rpm. However the torque curve has been altered and it now offers more oomph at lower revs thanks to different gear ratios and a recalibrated F1-style semi-auto gearbox.

The suspension system of the 458 Challenge is also different to its roadgoing counterpart. It is fitted with stiffer springs, single-rate dampers and solid aluminium bushings.

The carbon-ceramic braking system has been swiped from the Ferrari 599XX track car.

Of course if you want a Ferrari for tootling around in then this isn't for you. But if you plan on doing a spot of very expensive racing then it's certainly one to look at.

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