Unveiled at the Ferrari World Finals event in Daytona in December 2016, the 488 Challenge is the sixth model to participate in the one-make series. Set to celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2017, the Ferrari Challenge was established in 1992 and has so far, used Challenge-spec versions of the 348, F355, 360, F430, and 458. Having hosted over 1,000 races, with over 1,000 drivers taking part in up to three series organized on three continents, the Ferrari Challenge series has proved to be an ideal starting point for drivers looking to compete in international GT and prototype championships. Needless to say, it’s not surprising that Ferrari was so quick to replace the 458 Italia with the faster and more aerodynamic 488 GTB in the one-make racing series. The new Ferrari 488 Challenge made its North American track debut in January 2017 at the Daytona International Speedway. The Ferrari Challenge North America season included races at Sonoma Raceway, Circuit of the Americas, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Lime Rock Park, and Homestead-Miami Speedway.
As it is the case with all Challenge models, the 488 retains the of standard model. That said, the race car comes with the same 660 horsepower 560 pound-feet of torque on tap, which makes it the most powerful Challenge ever created. But while the turbocharged, 3.9-liter V-8 has the output of the road-going 488 GTB, many drivetrain components have been revised for intense track use. For instance, it has a specific engine mapping optimized for increased racing performance, as well as shorter gear ratios that provide up to an 11.6 percent increase in acceleration out of turns compared to its predecessor. The F1 DCT transmission also features a new racing shift strategy which enables the car to accelerate from a standstill to maximum revs in fourth gear in just six seconds. The drivetrain is also lighter, with 19.7 kg (43.4 pounds) being shaved off the engine alone due to lighter, race-spec components. A further 8.5 kg (18.7 pounds) was saved by installing a new exhaust system.
P1 Automotive is proud to present this 2017 Ferrari 488 Challenge for sale with only 5,493 miles. Sold originally by Miller Motorcars, this 488 Challenge driven by Joe Courtney won the Copa Shell Championship. With only one season raced it was then sold to a private racer who used it only at Monticello Motor club as a track day car. The 3rd and final owner used it only twice as a track day car as well. This 488 Challenge is outfitted with a Full Cool suit system and helmet cooler. It is currently sporting our great Friends at The Ticket Clinics racing livery, Underneath the wrap it is Bianco Avus as it came from the factory. With the sale come two sets of wheels and tires as well as the wand and pump out hose. This Ferrari 488 Challenge is a great track car that can still be competitive or a fun track day car. Please feel free to give us a call to schedule an appointment to see this beauty in person.