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    Spy Shots: Ferrari 458 Challenge?

    The crew at the Axis of Oversteer have managed to snag what could be the first images of the upcoming Ferrari 458 Italia Challenge, and while no one's claiming that this is the real McCoy just yet, it's certainly packing the right kit.

    The standard coupe's five-lug wheels have been nixed in favor of a single lug units, with each nine-spoke, lightweight hoop framing massive carbon ceramic stoppers. The Challenge appears slightly lower than stock and includes some revised aero bits in the form of longer, wider side skirts, a revised fascia and a bonnet sporting a set of hood pins.

    Out back and inside, things appear to be slightly rough around the edges, so it's safe to assume this is just a prototype for the time being. However, the roll cage, plastic windows and deeply bolstered race seat are all sure to make the cut when the Challenge debuts later this year.

    One thing we do know: The launch of the 599 GTO is going on this week in Italy, so it's likely that journalists are getting a sneak peak at the Challenge between making runs in Ferrari's Enzo-beating GT. That being the case, expect all the details to be revealed shortly.01-ferrari-458-challenge-spy-may.jpg06-ferrari-458-challenge-spy-may.jpg02-ferrari-458-challenge-spy-may.jpg05-ferrari-458-challenge-spy-may.jpg


    Re: Spy Shots: Ferrari 458 Challenge?

    wow looks very hardcore, i would almost say this is a prototype for an actual racing car. It's just so low and raw. hood pins, plastic windows, slicks, tow arrows, very exciting.


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    Re: Spy Shots: Ferrari 458 Challenge?

    Atzporsche:

    wow looks very hardcore, i would almost say this is a prototype for an actual racing car. It's just so low and raw. hood pins, plastic windows, slicks, tow arrows, very exciting.

     

    Actually, it is supposed to be the prototype of a race car... Smiley


     


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    Re: Spy Shots: Ferrari 458 Challenge?

    So an F458-XX?

    BTW, can anybody tell me what happened to the exhaust? The normal F458 has three pipes, doesn't it? This one seems to have two...


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    Re: Spy Shots: Ferrari 458 Challenge?

    Joost:

    So an F458-XX?

    BTW, can anybody tell me what happened to the exhaust? The normal F458 has three pipes, doesn't it? This one seems to have two...

     Im no pro but isn't the third exhaust a bypass that opens at certain revs? maybe then this has straight pipes, no ned for bypass.


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    WoW,  Nice work.

    I cant wait to see this one on the Track


    Re: Spy Shots: Ferrari 458 Challenge?

    I have been told by soenone involved with Ferrari that the car will not have DSG, but a sequential gearbox....


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    Re: Spy Shots: Ferrari 458 Challenge?

    ^^^Would make sense. I don't think DSG has been approved by any racing series. Rules state that transmission may only have one clutch.


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