The Ferrari 458 Challenge

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Ferrari 458 Challenge – Key Details

The Ultimate Guide to the Ferrari 458 Challenge

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Ferrari 458 Challenge – Technical Specifications

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Ferrari 458 Challenge – Key Details

Ferrari 458 ChallengeDetail
Launched: 2011
Engine: Mid-Rear V8
Power: 570CV @ 9000 RPM
Top Speed: 210 mph
0-62 mph (0-100 kmh): 2.9 secs
Replaces: F430 Challenge
Fiorano Lap time: 1min 16.5 sec
Did you know: The weight savings on the 458 Challenge car was achieved through lighter body panels and extensive use of Lexan for the windows and windscreen.

The Ultimate Guide to the Ferrari 458 Challenge

FERRARI 458 CHALLENGE – BRILLIANTLY FAST

When it debuted in 2010, the Ferrari 458 Challenge quickly got to work, obliterating the 1:18 Fiorano lap time set by the amazing FXX just five years earlier. Doing the deed in just 1’16.50, this racing variant of the 458 Italia left no doubt as to its racing pedigree. This Challenge car was the fifth Challenge version of a Ferrari production car, directly preceded by the F430 Challenge.

As with its predecessors, the 458’s track performance was improved on mainly using weight reduction versus increasing the car’s power. Over 150 kilos were shed through the use of thinner aluminium body panels, or by simply replacing them with carbon fibre panels when possible. Of course, all the creature comforts were removed from the cockpit as well. Sit inside the 458 Challenge and you will know you are in a car built with one purpose in mind: all-out track performance. Yes, there will be no coddling of the driver here. Other weight-saving measures include the use of Lexan for the windscreen and rear window, while the luxurious leather seats have been swapped out in favour of fixed-place racing seats with 6-point harnesses.

To lower the centre of gravity and improve handling, the suspension was lowered by 2 inches. The Challenge also received new, 19-inch centre-locking wheels, which help reduce the time it takes to switch them out during pit stops. Carbon-ceramic brake pads and rotors from Brembo give the Challenge extremely consistent brake performance, a necessary feature in a car made to churn out hot laps for hours at a time. Instead of using the full suite of driver’s aids from the 458 Italia, the Challenge’s F1-Trac system gives drivers only 3 settings to choose from: full traction control, medium traction control, and no traction control.

Like most Ferrari Challenge cars, the engine has received very little attention. Still the same 4.5-litre V8 producing 561bhp as in the 458 Italia, the only change made was to the exhaust, which gives the car enough volume to alert people for miles around whenever it takes the track. Luckily for Ferrari fans everywhere, the Challenge tradition would be picked up again by the 458’s successor, the 488.

Ferrari 458 Challenge – Photo Gallery

Ferrari 458 Challenge – Technical Specifications

Technical SpecificationDetail
Performance
0-100 km/hTBC
0 -200 km/hTBC
Max. speedTBC
Engine
TypeV8
Overall displacementTBC
Max. power output*570 CV** at 9000 rpm
Max. torque*540 Nm at 6000 rpm
Dimensions & Weight
Length178.2 in
Width76.3 in
Height45.8 in
Dry weight**2689.6 lb*
Fuel ConsumptionTBC
Co2 EmissionsTBC

Ferrari 458 Challenge – Registry & Videos

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