The recently held Finali Mondiali weekend event has uncovered the Ferrari 488 Challenge. The 488 Challenge now boasts a new level of performance as a result of its newly enhanced chassis, aerodynamics and engine. Powered by a 3.9 litre V8 that won this year’s International Engine of the Year Award, the car is also said to replace the track-ready Ferrari 458 EVO. The new 488 is the 6th model to take part in the Ferrari Challenge in time for its 25th anniversary this 2017.
Ferrari’s weekend long event held at the Daytona International Speedway was organized to provide drivers an opportunity to take part and win in International GT and prototype championship races. If you have been following their forums and social media fan page, then the Ferrari Finali Mondiali is no stranger to you. Not only are these events used as stepping stones, it also serves as exposure to help drivers go through much greater challenges in the future.
As a matter of fact, some have gone all the way to the 24 Hours of Le Mans, FIA World Endurance Championship, IMSA and the Grand-AM Road Racing through their participation in the Ferrari Challenge series. But the main goal of this challenge is perhaps to show-off what Ferrari has up on its sleeve, don’t you think?
The Ferrari 488’s engine is paired with F1 DCT transmission with the latest racing shift strategy that allows the driver to shift to 4th gear in as short as 6 seconds. For the first time, Ferrari uses its newly patented SSC (Slip Slip Control Software) on the new Challenge. The SSC is integrated along the car’s electronic dynamic controls. Together with the vehicle’s E-Diff3, the SSC is also adjusted for better cornering and acceleration. In addition, the 488 Challenge is designed with improved braking and traction controls that work independently. The performance-oriented features become more useful considering the different road conditions encountered by the driver while racing.
By collaborating with the designers at the Ferrari Style Centre, the engineers have significantly improved the car’s aerodynamics efficiency. This perhaps is one of the most remarkable features on the 488 Challenge. The revised layout on the front radiator delivers better airflow, lesser drag and improved downforce as compared with the former 458 Challenge.
Unlike the Ferrari 488’s production model, the 488 Challenge’s powertrain is equipped with shorter gear ratios and engine mapping specifically designed for racing. The modified variable torque management reminds the driver to change shifts for better performance during acceleration.