Ferrari unveils 488 Challenge to set pulses racing

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Ferrari has revealed the 488 Challenge, the latest race car designed to compete in its own one-make championship.

This is the sixth Prancing Horse model to get a makeover for the competition, with a whole host of new technologies and aerodynamic tweaks contributing to an altogether more focused racing machine.

The 488 Challenge will be the first car to race in the series using a turbocharged engine. The 3.9-litre V8 gets new engine mapping, which has been optimised for track performance, and shorter gear ratios.

The Ferrari 488 Challenge Edition

The Ferrari 488 Challenge Edition


The road car's Slide Slip Control technology remains in the race car, but now the driver has more specific control over how much intervention the computer systems are allowed. Via three switches on the steering wheel, the driver can control how much the traction systems take over when the wheels spin.

The changes aren't just under the skin, though. The exterior bodywork is covered in aerodynamic devices designed to improve on-track performance. The front bumper has been completely redesigned with a larger splitter and side blades, while a prominent rear wing pushes the car into the ground.

There are subtler tweaks, too. For example, the front radiator has been moved slightly to improve airflow while also reducing drag, and the intakes on the rear flanks direct cooling air to the brakes.

All of these changes translate into much quicker lap times. Proof? The Ferrari 488 Challenge is one second faster around the Italian manufacturer's own test track than the car it replaces, clocking in at 1m 15.5secs.