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Mike Stevens | Jul, 30 2010 | 1 Comment

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Ferrari's newest supercar is finally about to hit the track, the Italian supercarmaker revealing the new 458 Challenge earlier this month. Today, Maranello has served up a trio of new photos, including a shot of driver Maurizio Mediani.

The latest in a long line of special Challenge models, the 458 Challenge will race alongside teams running its F430 counterpart in the Ferrari Challenge Trofeo Pirelli next year (including a new Asia-Pacific series).

Power for the 458 Challenge is drawn from the same unmodified 425kW/540Nm 5.5 litre V8 featured in its roadgoing cousin, but thinner Lexan and carbon-fibre panels make the Challenge a little lighter on its feet than the regular model - although specific numbers have not been revealed.

While the engine remains unchanged, the 458's dual-clutch transmission gets modified gear ratios and calibration, producing higher torque at lower revs. The roadgoing 458's E-Diff electronic differential is also featured in the Challenge - a first for Ferrari's track car series.

The regular 458 makes its way to 100km/h in just 3.4 seconds, but Ferrari has not revealed any acceleration times for its track-only beast. However, Ferrari's engineers established a 1'16.5" Fiorano laptime - some two seconds faster than the 458 Challenge's predecessor.

Suspension is managed by solid aluminium bushings, stiffer springs and single-rate dampers. There are also centre-nut 19-inch racing wheels, wider Pirelli slicks and a 30mm lower ride height.

The 458 Challenge will be made available to professional racing teams and track-loving private buyers, although prices - and more images - have yet to be revealed.

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