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2011 Ferrari 458 Challenge official images and info

Surprise awaited those who attended the annual dealer’s meet of Ferrari held at Maranello. They were treated to a live view of the 458 Challenge which is the newest track car from Ferrari.

In line with its previous version the 430, this new one, the 458 Challenge is one more racing car from the factory that has been known to produce such speed setters. The Challenger also holds similarity when it comes to its road sense to the 458 Italia. The car has a 4.5 liter V8 engine that produces 562 hp at 9000 rpm. The gear ratio and calibration has been changed so the torque curve would be different. For transmission the car has a seven-speed dual clutch system and this favors the torque at lower engine speeds.

As is usually the case with any new Ferrari, whether it’s a brand new model or a special edition, the 458 Challenge heaps on the technology. The electronic “E-Diff” differential, already in place on regular 458s, makes its debut in a Ferrari track car. A special race-oriented suspension is installed, wherein ride height is reduced by 1.2 inches, and Ferrari has cut weight by deploying carbon fiber and Lexan throughout the car. The 458 Challenge also adds new-generation Brembo brakes, which debuted on the 599XX, and Ferrari’s trick F1-Trac traction-control system that allows drivers to select two specific track-biased settings for dry to wet conditions. According to Ferrari, these enhancements translate into a two-second improvement over the 430 Challenge when lapping its Fiorano test track.

So, who (amongst the obscenely wealthy) will have the opportunity to buy a 458 Challenge? Ferrari describes the car as being available to both professional and “gentlemen” drivers, but it is unavailable for street use, because what fun would it be to explore your new 562-hp mid-engine screamer on the interstate?

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