Built for the company's single-racing series, the Ferrari 458 Challenge features a race suspension with solid aluminum bushings, stiffer springs, single-rate dampers, Brembo CCM2 brakes (last seen in the Ferrari 599XX), and 19-inch wheels with Pirelli tires. In a further effort to reduce weight, the car has been outfitted with thinner body panels, carbon fibre components, and Lexan windows.
Power is provided by a 4499cc V8 engine that produces 570 PS (562 hp / 419 kW) and 540 Nm (398 lb-ft) of torque. While this is the same as the 458 Italia engineers modified the dual-clutch gearbox and installed 'F1-Trac' (traction control) with settings for wet and dry conditions. Thanks to all these changes, the Ferrari 458 Challenge can lap the Fiorano test circuit in 1 minute, 16.5 seconds.
Described by the Ferrari 458 Challenge test driver, Raffaele De Simone as "Faster than the 430 Challenge... yet easier to drive at the limit."
The two Ferrari test drivers recently got the chance to take the Ferrari 458 Challenge around the Circuit of Valencia, the drivers heavily praised almost every aspect of the new Ferrari 458 Challenge.