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Ever since the Ferrari 458 Italia’s official launch, there have been plenty of racing teams interested in grabbing the sports car by its bubbly wheel arches and transforming it into a real winner. One such team goes by the name of STP, a racing team that hasn’t stepped foot on the European racing grounds since Ronnie Petersen succeeded in a second place finish with the STP March 711 in the 1971 Formula 1 World Championship 40 years ago.

This year, the team is back with an AF Corse Ferrari F458 Italia GT3 that, like with all the other Ferrari 458 Italia race cars, has been specially prepared for the race with many aerodynamic and safety features. The sports car was given a new front bumper, larger air vents for better engine cooling, new side skirts, and a huge rear wing for improved aerodynamics. The interior got splashed with carbon fiber components and a roll cage was added for increased driver safety.

The AF Corse Ferrari F458 Italia GT3’s first race will be held on May 8, 2011 at the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve in Portugal. It will be driven by the all-British line-up and the Championship’s youngest driver duo of Daniel Brown (19) and Glynn Geddie (20).

UPDATE 06/07/2011: During this past weekend, the Ferrari 458 STP beat out some of the best sports car racing drivers in Europe, finishing in fourth place despite some mechanical problems experienced during the first race. After the race, Dan Brown (19) - the car’s driver said: ""It was good to leave Silverstone with more points under our belt. It’s a super-tough championship, and I’m proud to be one of only seven British drivers in the series, and hugely honored to be driving for the prestige AF Corse Ferrari racing team…and there couldn’t be a more exciting way to learn a bit of Italian!"


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  (374) posted on 12.14.2011

It looks great on its graphic design even on the body paint that they use on it. I only hope that F458 is not an electric sports vehicle, just like the other racing prototype of them.

  (397) posted on 07.18.2011

I also agree. There is no difference between the standard version and this one. Maybe they make some upgrades on its interior and its performance yet it is still fine.

  (596) posted on 06.14.2011

Yeah, I would agree. It looks to be quite close to the standard version. However, one thing that I would say is that it is still looking good and will be able to perform well on track.

  (377) posted on 06.13.2011

Actually, there’s no difference with the original version of this car. As i see it, the designs and features still the same. However, I think they upgrade it’s speed and engines to perform better.

  (619) posted on 06.13.2011

As expected, the car is really doing great at the tracks. But I think its not time yet to celebrate. The race season has just started, so it still has a lot to go for it.

  (334) posted on 06.10.2011

Actually there is a big deal between this one and the original. They have tweaked the car in order to have a much higher performance than that of the standard ride.

  (340) posted on 06.9.2011

For me, it look still the same as the original F458 GT3. There is no big deal about this one because we all know that lots of racing teams are aiming for this car.

  (329) posted on 06.9.2011

It really isn’t all that surprising that the car would actually perform this good. After all, they have made an extensive work on the performance aspect of the car, so that’s definitely expected.

  (517) posted on 06.8.2011

Well, I do hope that they would put up videos of this one soon so that we could see it in action. That would really show if the car would perform as expected.

  (238) posted on 05.16.2011

I think they did just minor tweaks here and there, maybe to set the whole car within race specifications. But I would agree that not much work is needed to have this race ready.

  (692) posted on 05.13.2011

Yeah, I would agree. There is really nothing new on this one. And I think that the team probably didn’t have much work done with the car, since it already is race worthy.

  (383) posted on 05.12.2011

Well, if we could remember, due to the aspiration they get from Ferrari 458Italia, the Ferrari 458 Challenge was born. Oh yeah I agree, that Ferrari has been an iconic in the world of racing world! And I think their car was naturally born racer!

  (412) posted on 05.12.2011

I think there’s no reason to be shocked about this news. Ever since, Ferrari has been part of many racing competition. Due to the sportiness and aggressiveness plus good performance of their cars, no wonder a lot of racing team got interested on their latest production Ferrari 458 to be modified as racing car!

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