Ferrari 458 Challenge race car makes world premiere at 2010 Bologna Motor Show

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Ferrari unleashed the new Ferrari 458 Challenge at the 2010 Bologna Motor Show this week in Italy. The Ferrari 458 Challenge racer represents the automaker’s racing heritage. The Ferrari 458 Challenge features a host of racing enhancements to compete for the 2011 race series.

The Ferrari 458 Challenge will be the fifth version to get placed into a single-series racing program. There is no need to revise the already potent direct injection 4.5-liter V8 with an output of 570 hp at 9,000 rpm intact, found in the standard Ferrari 458 Italia. However, the gear ratios and calibration of the dual-clutch gearbox have been modified in order that the 458 Challenge produces much more torque at lower rpm.

Significant work has also made on the suspension system of the Ferrari 458 Challenge. The race-spec model gets stiffer springs, steel uniball joints, single-rate alloy dampers and a ride height lowered by 50mm in front and back. Brembo CCM2 brakes integrated with the latest ABS system which debuted on the 599XX are used as stopping power along with 19-inch forged rims wrapped in larger Pirelli tires.

In addition, Ferrari has reduced the 458 Challenge’s weight with respect on reducing the thickness of the bodyshell panels and on using lightweight materials, such as carbon-fibre and Lexan.

The combined result of these improvements help the Ferrari 458’s lap time at Fiorano by two seconds over the 458 Italia. During testing, the 458 Challenge was also able to generate lateral grip around 1.6G.