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 |  Nov 14 2013, 8:01 AM

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Ferrari has announced an upgraded version of its 458 Challenge Evoluzione, which is used in the Italian automaker’s one-make series.

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 |  Apr 14 2011, 9:58 AM

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Ferrari kicked-off the start of its 2011 Challenge series this past weekend at the famed Monza circuit. This year’s season is particularly exciting as it’s the first competition use of the new 458 Challenge cars (based on the 458 Italia), competing alongside last year’s 430 Challenge cars that are still being used by some teams.

The 458 GT cars than competed in the recent 12 Hours of Sebring failed to surpass their older 430 siblings, but that was not the case at Monza, with the newer model showing how much of advancement Ferrari has made with the car.

To celebrate the occasion, Ferrari has released a video of the 458 on the Monza circuit, piloted by Ferrari Challenge defending champ and this past weekend’s winner Stefano Gai.

So turn up your speakers and watch the video after the jump:

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 |  Oct 19 2010, 8:18 AM


We’ve already seen video of Ferrari‘s new 458 Challenge race car testing on the track, but it’s not something that gets old quickly. That being said, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to share some more great video of the track-only version of the latest and greatest Prancing Horse.

According to Ferrari, the new 458 Challenge weighs significantly less than the production model, although specific numbers have not been given. In addition, this race car gets aluminum bushings, stiffer springs that lower the car by 30mm, 19-inch racing wheels and wider Pirelli racing slicks. Ferrari claims it’s capable of 1.6 Gs of lateral acceleration. Also included are a new generation of Brembo carbon ceramic brakes (called CCM2), that first debuted on the 599XX.

And for the first time on a Ferrari Challenge car, the Prancing Horse has decided to equip its gentleman racers with traction control. The F1-Trac system constantly monitors grip to deliver the most power possible, with a dry track and wet track setting. And because these are real Ferrari race cars, drivers can also opt for CT-OFF on the steering wheel-mounted manettino to completely shut off the traction control system.

Compared to the F430 Challenge car, Ferrari claims the 458 Challenge is two seconds a lap faster on its Fiorano test circuit, setting a new record time of 1:16.5.

The 458 Challenge will run alongside its 430 Challenge predecessor in the 2011 Series, while the latter is phased out. Ferrari also plans to expand its Ferrari Challenge series next year, adding a new series in the Asia-Pacific region.

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 |  Jul 14 2010, 12:49 PM

After bringing you some of the first unofficial pics of Ferrari‘s F430 Challenge successor, we now have the one-and-only first official photo of the new 458 Challenge race car.

According to Ferrari, the new 458 Challenge weighs significantly less than the production model, although specific numbers have not been given. In addition, this race car gets aluminum bushings, stiffer springs that lower the car by 30mm, 19-inch racing wheels and wider Pirelli racing slicks. Ferrari claims it’s capable of 1.6 Gs of lateral acceleration. Also included are a new generation of Brembo carbon ceramic brakes (called CCM2), that first debuted on the 599XX.

And for the first time on a Ferrari Challenge car, the Prancing Horse has decided to equip its gentleman racers with traction control. The F1-Trac system constantly monitors grip to deliver the most power possible, with a dry track and wet track setting. And because these are real Ferrari race cars, drivers can also opt for CT-OFF on the steering wheel-mounted manettino to completely shut off the traction control system.

Compared to the F430 Challenge car, Ferrari claims the 458 Challenge is two seconds a lap faster on its Fiorano test circuit, setting a new record time of 1:16.5.

The 458 Challenge will run alongside its 430 Challenge predecessor in the 2011 Series, while the latter is phased out. Ferrari also plans to expand its Ferrari Challenge series next year, adding a new series in the Asia-Pacific region.

Get all the official details after the jump:

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