Ferrari 488 Challenge Preview at Tower Garage

02 February – Maranello Sales held a private preview at Tower Garage in Egham

This year the Ferrari Challenge celebrates its 25th anniversary and does so with a brand new race car.

Revealed in December 2016 at the Ferrari World Finals event in Daytona it replaces the outgoing 458 Challenge EVO.

The 488 Challenge will be the most powerful car in the history of the one-make series and sets new higher levels of performance.

This is the first Challenge car to be equipped with a turbo engine and is the most powerful car in the history of the Challenge series thanks to the remarkable engine derived from the 488GTB, winner of the international engine of the year award in 2016.

Performance

  • Engine: Turbo V8 3.9L
  • Max Power: 670 hp
  • Max Torque: 760 Nm
  • Power / Weight Ratio: 2.00 kg/hp
  • Fiorano Lap: 1.15.5 (a second quicker than the 458 Challenge)

New F1 Derived Aerodynamics
• The most noticeable changes to the 488 Challenge compared to the production car are the aerodynamics.

• Larger rear wing which improves aerodynamic stability by 9% compared to the 458 Challenge EVO.

• A more pronounced front splitter and appendices improving front downforce and balancing the rear load resulting in a 7% improvement in efficiency.

• The front radiator layout was reworked, inverting the rake so that they are now inclined towards the rear. This improves the air flow whilst, at the same time, reducing drag, a 4% improvement in efficiency.

Vehicle Dynamics
• Side slip angle control introduce for the first time on a Ferrari Challenge car, improving longitudinal acceleration by 4.2%.

• An increase of 35% specific power and 41% max torque

• Improving longitudinal acceleration in power on exiting by 11.6%