Get your hands on a genuine Ferrari 458 Challenge! This is your chance to drive an actual Ferrari 458 race car that has competed in and won races in the single-marque Ferrari Challenge championship. This high-spec beauty has come straight from Italy to Hertfordshire and boy does this car rock around this former airfield’s smooth tarmac surface. Are you up for the Ferrari 458 challenge?
One look at this 458 and you’ll agree it’s no ‘ordinary’ Ferrari. The Challenge is a proper factory-built Ferrari race car that far ascends the performance of the road-going 458. This incredible car is fully race-prepared and boasts more than a few little nods to its F1 cousins. For instance there are the wheels with their single central nut for quick wheel changes in the pits the transmission that is derived from the Grand Prix car and even the carbon racing seats are FIA approved.
And then there’s the question of styling tweaks. The glass windows on the Ferrari 458 Challenge have been replaced with weight-saving perspex the 19″ wheels run on slicks and the inside has been stripped down to the bare motoring minimum with full spider-web roll cages added. What’s more the suspension is harder lower and lighter than ever before.
All these mods are to get the maximum out of the Ferrari 458 Challenge when you drive it (or should we say launch it) onto the track. You’ll be inside driving but if you were on the outside you’ll see the huge goose-neck spoiler rising to increase downforce. The 4.5l V8 engine has been tweaked to be a finely-tuned 562bhp 200mph+ track-loving thoroughbred. What’s more the 458 Challenge is not road legal so Bovingdon Airfield is only place us mere mortals (who are not multi-millionaires participating in Challenge series) get to drive these amazing 458s.
To get you geared up for your mission you’ll head out for a few laps as a passenger in a performance car to get a feel of the circuit layout. Then the moment arrives. The Ferrari 458 Challenge is revved up and waiting for you. Climb aboard and get ready to drive this very special Ferrari 458 for 10 delectable laps around this entertaining circuit. Those long smooth curves will allow you to appreciate the full unlocked power of this unique Italian supercar.