The Ferrari Challenge is an ever-youthful championship, fresh and full of energy, a series which over the course of its 22 years has known how to renew itself regularly, to become ever more interesting.

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A Closer Look Into the 488 Challenger

This season all the stages of the three Ferrari Challenge will be played with the 488 Challenge, the first equipped with a turbo engine to get on track in the Ferrari one-make series is the most powerful car in the Challenge history thanks to 670 hp from the V8 3, 9-liter engine derived from the 488 GTB, winner of the International engine of the Year Award in 2016.

Compared to the production 488 GTB V8, the Challenge’s powertrain features specific engine mapping, optimised for racing performance, and shorter gear ratios providing up to an 11.6% increase in acceleration out of turns compared to the naturally-aspirated 458 Challenge EVO.

The F1 DCT transmission features a new racing shift strategy which enables the car to accelerate from a standstill to maximum revs in 4th gear in just six seconds. Further improvements include a reduction in overall powertrain weight, with 19.7 kg being shaved off the engine and a further 8.5 kg off the exhaust system.

The most noticeable changes to the 488 Challenge compared to the production car regard the aerodynamics. To achieve the technical objective of increasing the car’s aero efficiency while respecting the design, the engineers worked closely with the Ferrari Styling Centre. The front radiator layout was reworked, inverting the rake so that they are now inclined towards the rear. This solution improves the air flow over the radiators in racing conditions whilst, at the same time, reducing drag. The new layout required new vents at the bottom of the bumper ahead of the wheels.

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Technical Specifications

Top Speed 202 mph
0-60 mph under 3 seconds
90° V8
  • Engine/Chassis

    Type 90° V8
    Overall displacement 3.7 x 3.2 in
    Bore and stroke 94 mm x 75,2 mm
    Max. power output* 570 CV** at 9.000 rpm
    Max. torque* 540 Nm at 6000 rpm
    Max. engine speed 8.250 rpm
    Compression ratio 12.5:1
  • Dimensions and Weight

    Overall Length 178.2 in
    Overall Width 76.3 in
    Height 45.8 in
    Dry Weight 2689.6 in
    Front Track 66.6 in
    Rear Track 63.6 in
    Fuel Tank Capacity 29.8
  • Tires

    Front 255/650 19″x9″
    Rear 15 x 1.34 in
  • Wheels

    18′ front and 19′ rear by Motegi Racing Technomesh TM
  • Brakes

    Front 14.96 x 1.33
    Overall displacement 13.5 x 1.26 in
  • Performance

    0-60 MPH: Under 3 sec
    Top Speed Over 202 mph