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458 Grand Am: No Such Thing as Too Many Ferrari Race Cars

posted by on 20 July 2011 in Motorsport News

Ferrari already has the 458 Challenge, the 458 GT2, and the 458 GT3. Now there’s also a 458 for Grand Am racing here in the US, which only proves that there’s no such thing as too much of a good thing. No, the different versions of the car don’t look terribly different–especially when Ferrari keeps painting all the test versions red, as they should be–but somehow, they still seem just as new and beautiful every time. It doesn’t hurt that the 458’s design seems to have come from 10 years in the future.

The 458 Grand Am took its first test laps at Fiorano earlier this week and now it has arrived in Daytona, where it continues to be tested in the hands of Jaime Melo, who has won his class twice consecutively at Le Mans in an F430, as well as Alfa Romeo driving school instructor Maurizio Mediani. Because of series regulations, the 458 Grand Am is actually less powerful than the road car with performance capped at 500 horsepower by a restrictor plate and an 8000-rpm rev limiter. Yes, 8000 rpm can apparently be an artificial limit. The car’s aero, tires, and suspension have also been modified for the series. But its good looks haven’t.

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