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How to Race Your Own Ferrari: The 458 Challenge

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Ever since Enzo decided to go racing, Ferrari owners have dreamed of taking their cars out on the track and fighting for a podium finish. Since Scuderia Ferrari is such an exclusive group, they decided to form an amateur racing series for private owners. Beginning with the Ferrari 348 Berlinetta in 1993, they held a series of races around the world. Contenders consisted of privateer teams with business backers, along with their local dealers.

The original 348 Challenge cars were modified at the dealer with new computer tuning and challenge-spec wheels and tires. With each successive model, Maranello did more of the modifications in-house to make sure the cars were evenly matched. When the F430 Challenge debuted in 2007, the engine was the only item shared with the production cars. It represented an unprecedented dedication to building race-ready cars, and the examples that aren’t still on track have become instant collectibles.

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When the F430 ended production, a new challenger was needed. Using the new 458 Italia for inspiration, they created a carbon fiber masterpiece. Again, the V8 was unchanged from the production version, but that’s where the similarities end. Transmissions borrowed internals from the F1 program, with final drive optimized to keep the engine in the power band. Two seconds were shaved from the Fiorano lap times of the 430 Challenge, and performance figures became close to those of the FXX.

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From the ground up, they spared no expense. Rubber suspension bushings were swapped for spherical rod ends, and custom spindles were forged with a 2” drop in ride height. More toe and camber at all corners helps achieve 1.6g in the corners. Glass was replaced with lexan, and every luxury was sacrificed in the name of weight.

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Inside you will find no radio, carpet or leather, and the instrumentation is handled by an F1 style LCD display surrounded by carbon fiber. The exhausts are devoid of mufflers and catalytic converters and are tuned to promote scavenging at high rpm.

Many 458 Italia cars can be found devouring tires and using the ceramic rotors to vaporize brake pads every weekend at the track. As a marketing piece for dealers, their unmistakable exhaust note and menacing stance are powerful attention getters.

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Our friends at Ferrari of Ft Lauderdale went so far as to wrap theirs in 3M chrome vinyl and brought it to our Boca Raton Hangar Party back in 2012. For the ultimate tease, they backed it off the trailer but kept it elevated for the entire show. It would have been a mob scene otherwise. As the 458 Challenge is the state of the art for factory built race cars, here is your call to action.

In an unprecedented alignment of the cosmos, duPont REGISTRY has nine of these supercars for sale. Each one has a story to tell, and a few have seen rigorous track duty. If you have dreamed of starting your own team or if you are looking to invest in a car that will never depreciate, here is your opportunity. Browse through the listings below, and find the perfect 458 Challenge for your ultimate racing dream.

2013 Ferrari 458 Challenge

Scottsdale, Arizona

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2011 Ferrari 458 Challenge

Houston, Texas

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2012 Ferrari 458 Challenge

Houston, Texas

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2011 Ferrari 458 Challenge

Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

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2011 Ferrari 458 Challenge

Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

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2011 Ferrari 458 Challenge

Houston, Texas

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2012 Ferrari 458 Challenge

Seattle, Washington

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2012 Ferrari 458 Challenge

Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

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2011 Ferrari 458 Challenge

Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

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