If you were ever looking for the definition of the word “iconic” this would be it. Ascari, Hill, Surtees, Lauda, Villeneuve, Schumacher, Räikkönen. The list of drivers is long and storied as is the marque both in Formula 1 and sports car racing. For many, racing a Ferrari is a long held dream, for others owning one will suffice. Even those who have zero interest in cars and motorsport know the Ferrari brand and know what it stands for. And now you can own and race one.
2018 Ferrari 488 Challenge EVO
TYPE: V8 – 90° – TURBO
BORE STROKE: 86.5 mm X 83 mm
COMPRESSION RATIO: 9.4:1
MAXIMUM POWER: 670 CV @ 8000 giri/min
MAXIMUM TORQUE: 760 NM @ 3000 GIRI/MIN
LENGTH: 4587 mm
HEIGHT: 1203 mm
WIDTH: 1945 mm
REAR TRACK: 1653 mm
FRONT TRACK: 1739 mm
DRY WEIGHT: 1340 kg
FUEL TANK CAPACITY: 126 l
FRONT: 275/675 19″X9,5″
REAR: 315/705 19″X12″
FRONT: 398 mm X 38 mm
REAR: 380 mm X 34 mm
Spare Set of wheels
Vbox video system (Installed)
Radio System (Installed)
Rebuilt gearbox (Installed)
Driver and passenger seat XL size (Installed)
Steering wheel (Installed)
4 rotors (Installed)
Rear calipers (Installed)
Aerodynamic package (Installed)
Where Can I race?
A Ferrari is meant to be raced and this 2018 Ferrari 488 Challenge EVO is no exception. That is the whole reason why Enzo Ferrari started the company in the first place. Selling road cars was done merely to fund the racing department and he was passionate about his cars and motorsport. When Ford came calling to buy Ferrari in the late 60s, the agreement collapsed primarily because Enzo Ferrari wanted to maintain control of the race department, something Ford was not amenable to and which Fiat gladly acquiesced to when they eventually bought the company. So where can you race? There are a number of series but I will focus on two: the Ferrari Challenge and SRO’s GT2 European Series.
The Ferrari Challenge
The Ferrari Challenge is arguably one of the best run single-make series around today and it is a truly global series. Racing in North America, the UK, Europe and the Asia/Pacific region, the Ferrari Challenge features intense competition, a graduated licensing system so that you can progress up the Ferrari Challenge racing pyramid in confidence and an unparalleled social experience. Racing on iconic tracks all over the world that legendary drivers have battled on in epic battles, you will get the opportunity to say you raced at places like Spa, Siverstone, Misano, Indianapolis, Watkins Glenn, Sepang and the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in support of Formula 1.
If the Ferrari Challenge intrigues you, check out my Ferrari Challenge Primer that I recently published for more information and details.
SRO GT2 European Series
The legendary Stéphane Ratel Organization (SRO) are the organization most responsible for the dramatic growth of modern GT racing worldwide. Running series all over the world featuring various combinations of GT3 and GT4 cars, the SRO Motorsports Group are both a highly capable and extremely ambitious organization who just seem to grow and expand into new markets and series every year.
In Europe SRO runs the Fanatec GT2 European Series and this Ferrari 488 Challenge EVO is eligible to compete. Again the list of tracks boggles the mind. Legendary venues such as Monza, Hockenheim, Spa and Paul Ricard attract multiple manufacturers ready to mix it up. You will be battling it out with cars such as the Porsche 911 GT2, KTM X-Bow GT2, Lamborghini Huracan Supertropheo GT2 and Audi R8 LMS GT2. The race format includes two 45 minute practice session, two 20 minute qualifying sessions and two 50 minute races per weekend. The series is open to both Pro and Am racers as follows:
- “Pro” drivers limited to FIA graded Silver drivers aged 30 and over;
- “Am” drivers divided in two groups:
- Bronze +: Bronze drivers who have been categorised Platinum, Gold or Silver in the past and are under the age of 40;
- Bronze: Gentlemen drivers having held their first racing license after the age of 30 and being 40 years old and over;
More information can be found at the SRO GT Sports Club website.
Are You Ready to Race?
If you have always wanted to race a Ferrari, this is your opportunity to shine. The car is currently in transportation to Sonoma, CA. With this 2018 Ferrari 488 Challenge EVO you will be able to legitimately refer to yourself as a Ferrari Race Driver, something only a select few will have in common with you. See you on the track!
Full details can be found here.