Ferrari 458 Challenge Makes U.S. Debut

April 27, 2011 at 5:59 pm

Next weekend at the beginning of North American at Infineon Raceway, Ferrari Challenge Series Ferrari 458 Challenge, the fifth and latest generation of Ferrari Challenge cars will make its American debut.

To make this event just a bit more special, the Corse Clienti Department’s 599XX, FXX and F1 Clienti programs will also participate on the track. ¬†Further, the Ferrari F430 Challenge will compete alongside its successor, the new Ferrari 458 Challenge. The Ferrari Challenge Series is now beginning its 18th season and offers Ferrari owners the opportunity to compete against each other at world-class venues throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Ferrari 458 Challenge Makes U.S. Debut Ferrari 458 Challenge

As for the car, it’s based on Ferrari 458 Italia, and introduces a number of important modifications to adapt it for competition use. The engine remains unchanged over the standard car but modifications have been made to the gear ratios and calibration of its dual-clutch F1 gearbox to guarantee higher torque at lower revs. It’s also lighter than the road-going version thanks to reducing the thickness of bodyshell panels and on using lightweight materials such as carbon-fiber and Lexan.

Following this first race at Infineon Raceway, the 2011 Ferrari Challenge will continue to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, CA, May 20-22; Montreal, Canada, (during the Canadian F1 Gran Prix), June 10-12; Toronto, Canada, July 8-10; Lime Rock Park, CT, July 29-30; concluding at Homestead Miami Speedway, FL, September 23-25.

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