dual clutch RWD
bhp @ 9,000 rpm
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
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.