The first teaser image hit the Internet yesterday and now Ferrari has revealed the new 458 Challenge Evoluzione racecar, which made its world debut at the Mugello Circuit just one day after the Ferrari Challenge Finali Mondiali. The supercar builder will use the new model starting next year in the Ferrari one-make series, and it will hit the market in the upcoming weeks.
The 458 Challenge Evoluzione racer underwent its first public test on a windy and rainy day at the Tuscan raceway, which soiled some of the fun. Despite the rain spoiling the fun, these conditions helped prove that it is all to take on the competition on the tarmac.
For the 2014 model year, the 458 Challenge Evoluzione features an improved aerodynamic kit that includes a new rear wing for increased downforce, and up front it gets a new splitter and an updated floor. These changes improved its lap times and long-distance efficiency, making it a real threat to all comers. According to Ferrari, these changes will be mandatory on cars taking part in next year’s Challenge.
Ferrari has yet to release what’s going on under the new 458 racer’s skin, but we assume that it will carry the same 4.5-liter, V-8 engine that puts down 562 horsepower and 398 pound-feet of torque. We do expect to see some lightening modifications to make it accelerate and handle better than the stock 458 Italia.
Click past the jump to read more about the standard Ferrari 458 Italia.
Gallery Ferrari 458 Italia
Ferrari unveiled the 458 Italia at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show as the replacement for the F430. The model introduced a design language never seen before on a Ferrari model, plus, as expected, it comes with tons of punch under its hood.
We are talking about a 4.5-liter, V-8 engine that delivers a total of 570 horsepower at 9,000 rpm and a peak torque of 398 pound-feet at 6,000 rpm. This output is enough to sprint the car from 0 to 60 mph in under 3.4 seconds, while top speed goes up to an impressive 201 mph.
Gallery Ferrari 458 Italia
Gone with the wind in Mugello
There’s been no let-up in the bad weather at Mugello, even on this post-Finali Mondiali Monday, which has seen the first test of the 458 Challenge Evoluzione, the updated version of the car used in the Ferrari one-make series. Wind and rain battered the Tuscan circuit almost all day long, making for very difficult track conditions. Thirty or so brave souls nevertheless wanted to assess the car for the first time, immediately feeling the benefit of the increase in aerodynamic downforce produced by the modifications introduced, aimed at making the car even more driveable for all Ferrari owners who want to tackle a true on-track competition.
The kit will be obligatory on cars taking part in next year’s Challenge and it goes on sale in the coming weeks.