After revealing the GT2 and GT3 race cars, Ferrari has also announced they will be entering the 2012 FIA GT1 World Championship. Stephanel Ratel, founder and CEO of SRO Motorsports Group, announced there will be two 458 GT1 racing cars entering the series, but failed to mention the names of the drivers scheduled to be behind the wheel.
"The addition of Ferrari to the 2012 line-up makes for a mouth-watering array of supercars racing in one world championship," Ratel said. "The Ferrari team brings to five the number of confirmed teams and we are in advanced talks with a number of other teams. For reasons of confidentiality, we are respecting the wishes of those teams to announce their participation in their own time."
The new Ferrari 458 GT1 will compete with models from Audi (Team WRT), BMW (Vita4One), McLaren (Hexis), and Mercedes (All-Inkl.com Munnich Motorsport). Details on the race car are being kept under wraps, but the team has confirmed that the car will ride on Pirelli tires - the official tire supplier for the FIA GT1 World Championship and the FIA GT3 European Championship in 2012.
The FIA GT3 series will begin on April 8, 2012 in Nogaro, France.