Take Ferrari’s fantastic F430, add a generous helping of F1 technology, and there you have it: the Ferrari F430 Challenge. Designed to compete in the one-make Ferrari Challenge racing series, this new model took over where the 360 Modena left off. As such, the F430 Challenge is a lightened and sharpened, bare-bones version of the road car, designed exclusively for track use.

Attesting to just how race-ready Ferrari’s production engines are, the Challenge uses an essentially identical version of the F430’s engine. This rear-mounted 4.3-litre V8 driver uses a flat-plane crankshaft to help develop 483 bhp at 8500 rpm. Torque is rated at 343 lb-ft, and while both of those figures are the same as in the road car, there have been some minor adjustments such as a lightweight racing exhaust and some engine management updates. While the engine was ignored, the rest of the car received extensive updates for track use, focusing on weight reduction and safety as two primary objectives. To that end, a full roll cage and four-point safety harnesses were installed, along with various carbon-fibre components and a plastic-composite windscreen.

Of course, safety and weight weren’t the only objectives used in creating the F430 Challenge. There were plentiful upgrades made to enhance the car’s cornering, braking, and overall track performance. New 19-inch BBS wheels with a single F1-style central-locking lugs were installed. Peer through the spokes and you will find that the brakes have also received some attention, with larger carbon-ceramic than those found on the production F430. Tweaks to the 6-speed transmission resulted in new ratios for fifth and sixth gear, meant to improve performance without reducing the top speed of the car. Other pertinent bits of technology baked into the Challenge are a telemetry monitoring system that allows drivers to study their on-track performance, as well as a speed limiter for pit lanes.

Of course, safety and weight weren’t the only objectives used in creating the F430 Challenge. There were plentiful upgrades made to enhance the car’s cornering, braking, and overall track performance. New 19-inch BBS wheels with a single F1-style central-locking lugs were installed. Peer through the spokes and you will find that the brakes have also received some attention, with larger carbon-ceramic than those found on the production F430. Tweaks to the 6-speed transmission resulted in new ratios for fifth and sixth gear, meant to improve performance without reducing the top speed of the car. Other pertinent bits of technology baked into the Challenge are a telemetry monitoring system that allows drivers to study their on-track performance, as well as a speed limiter for pit lanes.

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