The star of the Ferrari single-marque championship, the 488 Challenge, is the first turbo to take to the track in this series. It is also the most powerful car in the history of the Challenge courtesy of a 670 hp 3.9-litre V8 power unit derived from the 488 GTB’s engine.
Thanks to intense engine, aerodynamic and chassis development, the 488 Challenge achieves new and higher levels of performance, such as 11.6% more acceleration out of turns than the 458 Challenge Evo, or a gearbox strategy that allows the car to accelerate from a standing-start to top speed in fourth gear in a mere six seconds.
A further significant development is the doubling of the functions of the control that regulates the car’s dynamic control systems. The right-hand control (TC1) governs the level of intervention required based on the levels of grip, while the left-hand one (TC2) controls the degree of intensity of intervention.
The cars of the XX Programmes are true technological workbenches on wheels whose development relies on the involvement of a special group of clients. The technological solutions they develop are then transferred to the standard models. The exceptional V12 engine with Hy-Kers is capable of delivering 1060 hp and powers the latest addition to the programme, the FXX-K Evo. Derived from race cars, Corse Clienti’s special programme cars apply specific content for use on the track. They are not approved for road use and only compete in their own special events. Other cars developed for the XX Programmes accompany the FXX-K Evo on track, such as the FXX, the first prototype used for this activity in 2005, and the 599XX, which also has ‘EVO’ versions, down to the FXX K, an extreme version of the La Ferrari.
The excitement of driving a Formula 1 single-seater is a rare privilege that the F1 Clienti department grants to the owners of the Prancing Horse’s most beautiful and significant cars. The technicians and engineers who have accompanied these cars in competitions have made it possible for these technological masterpieces to echo unique sounds around the circuit, such as those produced by cars powered by V12 and V10, or the more acute and intense melodies of the 8-cylinder engines, single-seaters that contributed to creating the Ferrari Formula 1 legend, especially during the 30 years from 1990 to 2010, when they underwent lengthy testing and development sessions at this circuit.
The 488 GTE and 488 GT3 are perfect examples of the application of Ferrari’s philosophy of using racing to experiment with solutions which are then transferred to road vehicles. The former is a world champion having earned the Prancing Horse and drivers James Calado and Alessandro Pier Guidi the victory at the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) in 2017. Ferrari also scooped the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans with this model exactly 70 years after its maiden victory in the legendary French marathon, courtesy of James Calado, Alessandro Pier Guidi and Daniel Serra last June. The latter, the 488 GT3, is a true benchmark in the GT world. It is one of the most successful Ferraris ever built, winning almost 50% of the races it has entered and collecting over 45 titles in national and international series. The Ferrari 488 GT3 was the car that marked the return of Prancing Horse’s turbo engine to closed-wheel racing, more than 20 years after the F40. The engine was the subject of studies and refinements for over a year before it faced the most arduous and important test: out on the track.