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FERRARI’S TURBOCHARGED SUPERCAR IN READY-TO-RACE SPEC.
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Ferrari’s mid-engined, turbocharged 488 GTB has been acclaimed by journalists and owners alike. Now Maranello has developed a more extreme version, to be used by competitors in the global Ferrari Challenge Series and also for owners who want the ultimate track car.
Shortened gearing and even more extreme aerodynamics make the 488 Challenge perfect for track use – and it cannot be road registered. The purest track-day special you can buy.
Motorsport and the Prancing Horse are inseparable. Legend has it that Enzo Ferrari only grudgingly sanctioned the development of road cars to finance his racing team. While those days are long past, Ferrari continues to encourage owners onto the track through the Challenge race series and its Passione Ferrari events. The 488 Challenge is the sixth model specifically created for the one-make series and it’s the first turbo to take its place on the grid.
Even though the roadgoing 488 GTB already features a dramatic double front spoiler, base bleed side intakes and blown rear spoiler, the 488 Challenge goes one step further in pursuit of aero efficiency. Front radiator layout has been optimised for racing conditions, requiring new vents at the bottom of the bumper. A more pronounced front splitter and vents increase downforce and help to balance the extra downforce of the rear wing. Intakes on the rear flanks take cooling air to the rear brakes, while the intakes for the engine are positioned under the rear spoiler, taking advantage of the high pressure generated there. Inside, creature comforts are few but you won’t need any other entertainment than the sound of that beautiful V8.
While it’s still powered by the same 670PS 3.9-litre V8 as the roadgoing 488 GTB, the Challenge is engineered specifically for racing. The engine management is optimised for race performance and the gearing is lowered, while the new F1 DCT transmission’s racing shift strategy enables the car to accelerator from a standstill to maximum revs in 4th gear in just six seconds. Compared with its predecessor the 458 Challenge, the new 488 Challenge chops a second off the Fiorano lap time, setting a new record of 1’15.5".
Ferrari’s patented Side Slip Control software makes its first appearance in a purpose-built Ferrari racing car, calibrated for maximum traction on turn-in, cornering and acceleration. Challenge drivers will have three manettinos to adjust during the heat of competition; one controls braking, while the other two separately adjust the traction control and electronic differential. In essence, they give the driver independent control on when and how intensely the system intervenes. It will take time for any driver to master all the permutations of torque and traction, but this is a car that rewards skill and commitment. The 488 Challenge is made for racers, not cruisers, and once you’re behind the wheel you’ll feel the ghost of Enzo himself urging you ever faster.
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