The new 458 Challenge combines extreme performance, superb fun behind the wheel with unique driving emotions for its sporting, professional and gentleman-driver clients.
Equipped with lightweight body panels and specially tuned suspension, the 458 Italia Challenge is the first Challenge racer to use the F1-Trac traction control system as well as Ferrari’s first racing application of the dual-clutch seven-speed transmission. The ABS/EBD, F1-Trac and E-Diff calibration settings are selected thru the manettino in the steering wheel. It is the first time this solution has been adopted on a Ferrari Challenge series model. The driver can choose from three configurations: OFF (traction control deactivated), position 1 and position 2, which have progressively higher levels of control system intervention.
For the first time in a Ferrari’s track-only model, the 458 Challenge is also equipped with the E-Diff electronic differential, which is already employed on the road-car version.
Direct-injected 4,497 cc V8 remains the same (558 hp at 9,000 rpm), but the seven-speed gearbox dual-clutch uses different ratios and a new calibration in order to optimize track performance.
The interior is reduced to the essentials in the 458 Italia Challenge. Ferrari engineered the 458 Challenge to expose drivers to even higher performance limits as well as enhancing unparalleled car performance. The 458 Challenge lapped the Fiorano race track in 1:16.5 during testing, which is two seconds faster than its predecessor and track-mate, the F430 Challenge, and just two-tenths of a second behind the FXX.
The new 458 Challenge is equipped with the last generation of Brembo CCM2 brakes integrated with the newest ABS system, first debuted in the Ferrari 599 XX. The specific suspension set-up includes steel uniball joints, stiffer springs, single-rate alloy dampers, center-nut 19″ forged rims, larger dimension Pirelli slicks and a ride height lowered by 50mm all round.