Ferrari 458 Challenge

Following in the footsteps of the 348, the 355, the 360 and the F430, the 458 Challenge  is the fifth model fielded by Ferrari for the one-make Ferrari Challenge Trofeo Pirelli championship it organises for its sportier clients. The new 4499 cc V8 is the first Ferrari direct injection engine to be mid-rear-mounted.

Compared to the 458 Italia, the direct injection 4499 cc V8 remains strictly in production tune, with an output of 570 hp at 9,000 rpm. That said, modifications have been made to the gear ratios and calibration of its dual-clutch F1 gearbox to guarantee higher torque at lower revs.

The 458 Challenge is also equipped with the E-Diff electronic differential already employed on the road-going version, a first for Ferrari’s track-only cars. Significant weight reductions were achieved both in the car interior and externally: Two track-specific calibrations were developed with logics and control strategies evolved from the F1 and GT racing worlds and fully integrated with the E-Diff to maximise performance both entering and exiting corners.

Ferrari 458 Challenge Technical Specifications

Year of Manufacture – 2010

Dimensions and Weight
overall length 178.2 in
overall width 76.3 in
height 45.8 in
wheelbase 104.3 in
front track 66.6 in
rear track 63.6 in
dry weight 2689.6 lb*
fuel tank capacity 24.8 lmp gal / 29.8 US gal
Tyres
front 255/650 19″x9″
rear 305/690 19″x11″
Brakes
front 15.7 x 1.5 in
rear 15 x 1.34 in
Engine
type V8 – 90°
bore/stroke 3.7 x 3.2 in
total displacement 274.5 cu in
compression ratio 12.5:1
maximum power 570 CV** at 9000 rpm
maximum torque 540 Nm at 6000 rpm
Note
* With drivers’ side Racing seat and asymmetric roll cage
** Includes 5 CV from ram-effect

Ferrari 458 Challenge Servicing (Details)