Ferrari’s prominence in the motorsports scene goes on without question. That’s why the Prancing Horse has just unveiled its latest competitor, the Ferrari 458 Italia racecar.
The 458 Italia Grand Am was given its first run around a racetrack today at the Fiorano circuit. Developed in jointly with Michelotto Automobili and based on the GT3 version of the Ferrari V8 Berlinetta, the 458 Italia Grand Am is specifically deisnged and aimed at racing in the famous North American Grand Am series.
The engine in the 458 Grand Am produces 500hp, down 62hp from the GT3 version and features a less aerodynamics to match the American series’ regulations. Modifications include upgraded brakes for the absence of ABS and traction control, and an integrated roll bar.
During the 458 Grand Am’s first run, the car ran for 45 laps trouble free and was driven by Maurizio Mediani and Jaime Melo, who both took turns behind the wheel.
Ferrari 458 Italia Grand Am:
– By: Chris Chin