• 2012 Ferrari 458 Italia Grand Am

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Ferrari and their out-of-house tuning firm, Michelotto, have wrapped up their initial development for the new Ferrari 458 Italia Grand Am and have begun testing the vehicle on the Fiorano Circuit. If the name for this new racer doesn’t give it away, the 458 Italia Grand Am was produced as the first factory-sanctioned Ferrari to compete in the Grand-Am’s Rolex Sports Car Series GT class under the current GT rules.

The Ferrari 458 Italia Grand Am is based on the GT3 version of the V8-powered Ferrari Berlinetta. The difference between the new 458 Grand Am model and the European version is that the Grand Am develops a total of 500 HP (and not 470 HP like other 458 Italia racing cars) at maximum revs of 8000. Slowing the North American Grand Am down is a 48 mm restrictor and less efficient aerodynamics than the GT version. Compared to a standard 458 Italia, the Grand Am model features a revised braking system (since the car is lacking ABS and traction control) and a roll-over bar which gives greater lateral protection thereby increasing safety. The car is fitted with tires from the Grand Am series’ sole provider, Continental.

UPDATE 12/06/2011: Ferrari has confirmed that their 458 Italia Grand Am will be making its world debut at the Daytona 24 Hours, which takes place from January 26-29, 2012 at Florida’s Daytona International Speedway. The 458 Grand Am will be crewed all year by Daytona 500 winner Michael Waltrip, North American Rally Champion, Travis Pastrana, and two endurance race veterans, Rui Aguas and Robert Kauffman.

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  (401) posted on 01.11.2012

Wow! Nice color of head light! The style of this car is good and I want to watch the video performance of this car.

  (570) posted on 12.14.2011

It looks like the 2013 Ferrari 599 that they were going to replace on their F152. Anyway, I must say that it’s quite stunning on its looks but too bad it’s only having a V8 engine which is not so good with this sports car.

  (526) posted on 12.14.2011

It really looks better now than on its earlier appearance. However, I think it will look more impressive if they use an outstanding body paint than on what it has. Anyway, I’m already quite satisfied on its engine.

  (466) posted on 12.12.2011

Yeah! Its new look is really perfect on it. However, I think it is better if they use a V10 engine for this race car rather than with V8 only. Anyway, I would still wait for the official details of it.

  (569) posted on 12.8.2011

I really love the angst of this 458 Italia, and it looks more impressive on its modification! Moreover, I’m already quite satisfied on its engine, but it would truly be more powerful if they use a V10 or a V12 engine on it.

  (368) posted on 12.6.2011

Where’s that news coming from? I just want to determine if what’s the main reason if why they were encountering an accident. Maybe the driver of it, has the problem either.

  (242) posted on 07.28.2011

Based on what you said, I think Ferrari will not be a one good ride. However, I know that Ferrari is now making further investigations on that issue and no doubt they can still recover for what is happening now.

  (647) posted on 07.25.2011

Well, we will notice that Ferrari had a lot of versions of Italia 458 because of it’s big market sale, on the other hand. I also noticed that most Italia cars encountered accidents? I really wonder why is that so.

  (553) posted on 07.21.2011

The 458 Italia really does not loses its momentum on tuned models. It’s the most perfect and beautiful car to be tuned. No wonder why they keeps on creating new ones.

  (398) posted on 07.21.2011

For a racing prototype, the speed performance of the car really matters and its just sad that they haven’t offer an upgrade version forr the traction system of the car. I think it would be better if they have used the 12C instead.

  (472) posted on 07.21.2011

It seems that the GT3 version of the vehicle is not that powerful. I think the new braking and traction system of the car needs an major modification. And I guess it would be better if they have used the original production version for the test driving.

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