Ferrari 458 GTC makes its debut on the Fiorano race track

Article by Christian Andrei, on December 16, 2010

Ferrari announced today that it ended a two day shakedown at Fiorano of the 458 GTC, the latest car from the Maranello-based manufacturer which will participate in the most important GT races at international level.

Jaime Melo, the Brazilian who competed in this year’s American Le Mans Series with the Risi Competizione team, was the man who helped Ferrari developing the new car.

Antonello Coletta, head of the Ferrari Corse Clienti Department had this to say about the initial testing of the 458 GTC: “We are pleased with the feedback we have had from the engineers and drivers about the car.”

Development is in its initial statges and this is just the third test the car has undergone at Fiorano. “Thanks to the good weather these past two day, it has been possible to gather more data than in previous sessions, which were run in snowy and rainy conditions.”

The next step? “We will continue development over the winter months, which will culminate in the car’s debut in the Sebring 12 Hours, the famous endurance race and the first race in next season’s American Le Mans Series.” P.S. You may also want to check the new Ferrari 458 Challenge!

Ferrari had been hard at work with the 458 GTC. In December 2010, a prototype made a first appearance at the Fiorano Race Track. As part of its development, the Ferrari team subjected the car to the rigors of that particular racetrack to determine its capabilities and what needs to be improved or tweaked.

It seemed things had gone well, as Antonello Coletta, Ferrari Corse Clienti Department manager, said that feedback had been mostly positive from the engineers and the test drivers.

Coletta also attributed the good weather during the day of testing, as the clear weather gave the test team more data to work with as compared to when the car was tested in snowy and rainy conditions.

After Fiorano, the Ferrari 458 GTC was next tested in Sebring 12 Hours. It also raced for the first time as an entrant to the American Le Mans Series in the 2011 season.

Press Release

458 GTC takes its first steps at Fiorano

A few days after the official launch of the 458 Challenge at the Bologna Motor Show on 2 December, today saw the end of a two day shakedown carried out by Ferrari at Fiorano of the 458 GTC, the latest jewel to emerge from Maranello, which will be taking on the opposition in the most important GT races at international level.

The car's development on track has been entrusted to Jaime Melo, the Brazilian who competed in this year's American Le Mans Series with the Risi Competizione team. He also teamed up with Gianmaria Bruni and Toni Vilander in the AF Corse squad's F430 GT2 to bring the Prancing Horse the Constructors' title in the 2010 Intercontinental Le Mans Cup.

Antonello Coletta, head of the Ferrari Corse Clienti Department had this to say about the initial testing of the 458 GTC: "We are pleased with the feedback we have had from the engineers and drivers about the car." Development is in its initial statges and this is just the third test the car has undergone at Fiorano. "Thanks to the good weather these past two day, it has been possible to gather more data than in previous sessions, which were run in snowy and rainy conditions."

The next step? "We will continue development over the winter months, which will culminate in the car's debut in the Sebring 12 Hours, the famous endurance race and the first race in next season's American Le Mans Series."

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