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Ferrari's 458 GT2 spied testing

2010-12-10 08:09

SUPER SNOWPLOUGH: Lapping a snow-lined Fiorano test track doesn’t sound like fun – unless it is in a new fixed-wing 458 GT2 test mule.

Vehicle Specs
Manufacturer Ferrari
Model 458 GT2
Engine 4.5l V8
Power 345kW
Transmission Six-speed
Weight 1 245kg
Ferrari, despite having all but retired from top-flight racing that doesn't involve its F1 team, still does a brisk trade in customer sports car racers.

Maranello’s previous road car-based V8 racers - the 360 GTC and F430 GT2 - were wildly successful competition cars.

When Ferrari’s new mid-engined V8, the 458, debuted in 2009 expectations were high of what would follow in terms of a possible GT2 specification racer.

The first image (and details) of Ferrari’s 458 GT2 has now been released and it seems the company’s latest customer race car will be as accomplished as its predecessors, despite being statically worse off.

LESS POWERFUL - BUT BETTER?

A set of Automobile Club de l'Ouest GT2 regulation air restrictors rein in the 458’s power, trimming the 4.5-litre V8’s 420kW output to only 345kW, and yes – that's 22kW less than the F430 GT2 racecar had.

At 1245kg, this GT2-certified 458 is 250kg lighter than its roadgoing sibling – yet again, 27kg heavier than its F430 GT2 predecessor though.

Ferrari’s swopped its seven-speed dual-clutch transmission for a proper Hewland six-speed sequential, which should ensure the 458 GT2’s acceleration imeets circuit standards.

The 458 GT2 gains trick airflow management body Tupperware (the front of the car has been carved into a series of aero ducts) and wheels have been downsized to 18" from the series production 458’s 20" alloys.

Set to retail for R4.4-million, the 458 GT2 is expected to establish a similar dominance in GT2 racing as its F430 GT2 predecessor, which managed to win its class in both the American Le Mans Series and FIA GT championship.

With appreciably less power and smaller wheels than its road-going relations, many may wonder about the point is this 458 GT2. For racers the world over the answer is simple – less equals more...
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