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2012 FERRARI 458 CHALLENGE For Sale by Auction

Professionally prepared and competitive in the 458 Challenge Trofeo To be offered by Silverstone Auctions at the ‘Silverstone Classic’ on Sunday 28th July 2019 in The Wing building at the Silverstone Circuit, Northamptonshire (NN12 8TN). Viewing is available from 9:00am on Friday 26th July and on the morning of the sale day. For further images & information please click on the lot listing link (above) and get in touch with classic car specialist Roger Taylor of Silverstone Auctions. The Silverstone Classic Sale 2019> 2pm Sunday 28th July 2019 Classic Cars & Competition Cars> 2012 Ferrari 458 Challenge LOT NO. 442 - 2012 FERRARI 458 CHALLENGE Estimate: £100,000 - £120,000 +buyer's premium of 15% including VAT @ 20% Professionally prepared and competitive in the 458 Challenge Trofeo Details Specification 4.5-litre V8 with 570bhp and a 7-speed, dual-clutch paddleshift A properly prepared, competitive car. Race winner in GT Cup and Britcar during 2017 Maintained by the UKs leading 'Ferrari Challenge' specialist Driven at Goodwood Festival of Speed Fitted with an 'FF Corse' GTC Aero Kit. VBOX Lite in-car video system with OLED Born as a racing car manufacturer that made road cars to pay the bills, Ferrari has never forgotten its illustrious sporting heritage. Today, alongside Formula One, the firm produces an unrivalled range of racing cars for customer motorsport one of which is the 458 Challenge. These cars were built to contest one-make Ferrari Challenge competitions - which the firm has run since 1993 and currently organises in Europe, the US and in Asia - the 458 Challenge was introduced in 2011. The 458 Italia was a game changer for Ferrari, its jaw-dropping lines and eye-watering performance had petrol heads hooked at first glance, and coming shortly after the launch of the road car, the '458 Challenge' was debuted at the Ferrari Annual Dealer Meeting on 14th July 2010. Ferrari claimed their newest Ferrari Challenge racer lapped the Fiorano test track in 1:16.5, which was two seconds faster than its F430 Challenge predecessor and only 0.2 seconds slower than the Ferrari FXX. Based on the 458 Italia, the Challenge uses the same 562bhp 4.5-litre V8 engine, which is left unaltered and in the same state of tune. It's matched to the road car's seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox, although here the ratios have been altered to deliver better torque at lower revs. However, whilst the engine and gearbox are carried over from the road-legal 458, don't be fooled into thinking the Challenge isn't a proper racer. The most obvious visual clue to its intent is the large rear wing that debuted on the 2014 Evoluzione model and, as in the example here, has been retrofitted to earlier cars. In conjunction with under-body aerodynamics and a new front splitter, it helps generate lots of downforce, and the Challenge's wider front grille helps with cooling. Sitting 50mm lower than the road car, the Challenge's stiffer springs and single-rate dampers give the suspension a much firmer set-up, while centre-nut competition wheels are matched to Pirelli slick racing tyres. Opening the feather-light composite door is a giveaway to the Challenge's focus on weight saving via the use of carbon panels and polycarbonate side-windows, although, thanks to the addition of racing kit like the roll-over cage, competition fuel tank and quick-lift air jacks, the Challenge is actually only 10kg lighter than the road car. Designed for gentleman drivers rather than professional racers, the Challenge retains ABS and traction control and from behind the wheel, the familiar 458 driver-focused dash is unaltered. The racing steering wheel features a three-stage 'manettino' controller that offers two track-optimised traction control calibrations and a fully-off setting. This particular example was beautifully prepared by the factory to full European Challenge specification and, from new, was subsequently run and prepared by Ferrari Challenge specialists FF Corse, achieving race wins in both Britcar and GT Cup. This particular car benefits from a number of upgrades above a standard 458 Challenge car, notably an FF Corse "Aero pack" which includes the multi-adjustable rear wing from the post-2014 regulation change along with a carbon fibre front splitter. It has been fitted with a VBOX Lite in-car video recording system with OLED. Recent works include a new CCP clutch pack at 29,700 Kms, rebuilt oil pump and oil service, a new battery, and a new starter motor. It recently benefitted from a high-quality re-spray which was then protected by Armorfend stone-protection film. The driver's seat belts are in-date until 2021 with the extinguisher valid until January 2020 and the car is supplied with two sets of wheels and tyres. The 458 Challenge is a hugely competent design and, given the options of electronically controlling the car's responses, it will react well to drivers of limited experience who will quickly develop the talents required to handle 560bhp and 1350kg, and thanks to retaining an adjustable steering column and sliding seat, it's easy for drivers of any size to get comfortable. However, after a bit of practice and a few races, any reasonable driver should be able to return this car to being competitive, particularly if run by one of the acknowledged 'Challenge' specialists or, alternatively, it could simply be the most incredible 'Track-Day' car. Just a thought.


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