SOMETHING a little different for this week's blog, as for the first time ever I'm featuring a race car.
This amazing example is the 2010 Ferrari 458 Challenge. The Ferrari 458 Italia is known for being extremely fast on a track, so Ferrari did not have to do anything to increase the Challenge's performance.
This means it features a 4.5-litre, 32 valve V8 engine which can produce up to 413 kilowatts (561 horsepower) at 9000rpm and 540 Newton metres of torque (398 pound-feet of torque) at 6000rpm.
It also features a tuned version of the 458 Italia's gearbox, a seven-speed automated-manual that can shift in just milliseconds. The only differences include a shorter seventh gear and no park brake or hand brake.
Ferrari has dramatically decreased the weight of the 458 Challenge to make it faster and more hard-core than the regular 458 Italia.
They did this by using thinner body panels, carbon fibre replacement parts and polycarbonate windows and windscreen. Some other differences include a racing cockpit, windows which only open through small slots, air-jack mounts on the rear to lift the car up, a 30mm lower ride height, a racing filler-cap and racing wheels, slick tires and hooks on the front and rear of the car to drag the car out of sand traps.
The 458 Italia can launch from 0-100 kilometres per hour in 3.4 seconds, which makes it one of the fastest accelerating cars on the street. However, the 458 Challenge can accelerate from 0-100 kilometres per hour in just under three seconds, which means it is almost half a second quicker.
The 458 Italia redeems itself in the speed department, as the 458 Challenge has a top speed of 310 kilometres per hour (192 miles per hour), whereas the 458 Italia has a top speed of 325 kilometres per hour (202 miles per hour).
The best lap Ferrari have completed around their Fiorano test track is 1:16.5, which means that this 458 Challenge is only 0.2 seconds slower than the Ferrari FXX, and is amazingly 8.5 seconds faster than the standard 458.
This also means that it is 1.6 seconds faster than its predecessor, the Ferrari 430 Challenge.
Some updates that the 458 Challenge features that the 430 Challenge doesn't includes a new exhaust system, more high-performance second-generation CCM brakes which have been borrowed from the 599XX, a new data acquisition system which are also borrowed from the 599XX, a new TFT display on the dashboard and much more.
If you are looking to buy a Ferrari 458 Challenge, they sell for a base price of about $294,000 without import costs and taxes.
Jesse See is a teenage car enthusiast. His blogs and website can be found at www.jessesee.com
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