Ferrari has officially unveiled the 458 Challenge racing prototype that will compete in the Ferrari Challenge Trofeo Pirelli in the 2011 season. The model is based on the 458 Italia, but introduces a number of important modifications to adapt it for competition use.

As the fifth Ferrari model to be used by the company in its single-series racing program, the 458 Challenge takes the reins from the Ferrari 430 Challenge beginning in the 2011 season.

Among many things, the car’s V8 engine remains the same with the production version. But to make it ready for the racing environment, Ferrari gave the 458 Challenge important modifications to the gear ratios and calibration of its dual-clutch F1 gearbox.

With the departure of the 430 Challenge and the arrival of its 458 counterpart, it signals a changing of the guard in Ferrari’s one-make racing series, one that should make the 458 Challenge the new face of the Ferrari Challenge.

UPDATE 05/03/2011: Marchettino is at it again and this time he has caught multiple Ferrari Challenges during a private test session at the Misano racetrack. Watch the video after the jump to hear the engine’s sound at over 155 mph!
Hit the jump for the full details on the 458 Challenge plus a couple of videos and galleries!



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