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Ferrari 458 Challenge in India

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The only 458 Challenge in the country. What a way to start posting on the forum dominator. The car looks so insane Im just wiping my drool now. How about telling us more about how the weekend went at the BIC? More pictures videos and details on the car please

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As far as I know, this car is not road legal but we might soon see it on Speed run instead of that Red-yellow Nissan Skyline. GS is really mad about cars. This car came into all the buzz as soon as it was spotted in the dockyard few months back.

Please keep us updated.

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458 Challenge looks fantastic! I hear that Gautam Singhania did 170 laps of the BIC in it or 900km of flat out testing and used up two sets of tyres and one set of brakes. And his efforts did pay off. GHS set a fastest time of 2:03.3 which is very impressive. Hats of to Gautam for his passion and sheer love for driving

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Not only Gautam Singhania, but his full family is crazy for speed!

His father was a very brave pilot & owns record for achinving maximum altitude in hot air baloon in guinness book of world records & has travelled arround the world in a microlight! It's really intresting to watch such busy businessman sparing time for such activities!

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The only 458 Challenge in the country. What a way to start posting on the forum dominator. The car looks so insane Im just wiping my drool now. How about telling us more about how the weekend went at the BIC? More pictures videos and details on the car please

184 laps spread over 2 days, good car, great driver and a fantastic circuit makes for an excellent weekend for any motoring aficionado. More pictures to follow.

Welcome Dominator!

Looking forward to see more such posts from you soon and yes a driving experience too!

There is no better way to debut on this forum than the 458.

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Those are some fantastic pictures dominator. Its really nice to see GS making full use of his car and that too where its meant to be...the track. Another question. I see 'GHS RACING' in one photo. A teaser of things to come ?

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Those are some fantastic pictures dominator. Its really nice to see GS making full use of his car and that too where its meant to be...the track. Another question. I see 'GHS RACING' in one photo. A teaser of things to come ?

Smart Spotting. Good times are ahead. Keep watching.

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As narrated by Mr. Gautam Singhania himself - his driving experience shared.

A lot of people have been asking me what has been the experience of driving the 458 Challenge car. Having driven a whole variety of racing cars over my life, at the onset I would like to say, the 458 Challenge is one of the most outstanding track cars that I have ever driven.

The 458 Challenge is the conversion of the 458 Italia, into a pure track car. This car is made by Ferrari factory and production happens typically once a year in the month of April. These cars are generally made to order and done in one lot.

Apart from the car being lighter, by about a 160 pounds, it is truly purpose built track car. It has a roll cage, racing seats, harness system, harness safety belts, intercom for driver passenger communication, and a completely different dash set up. Apart from all the engine parameters and RPM gauge that is on the dash board, it also has a full telemetry system. Once you have installed the beacon on the start finish line, as you go past it lap after lap, it indicates to you, your lap time, in real time. If the track is so set up, you can also get the split times at intermediate 1 and intermediate 2. This tremendously helps the driver, as he can know immediately, as to what he has done wrong or right in the previous lap, and then correct upon the same.

I had the privilege of testing this car at Buddh International Circuit which is a fantastic circuit to drive on. Having done 185 laps, and consumed two sets of tyres and one set of brakes, apart from 600 litres of fuel, I can only say it was one of the most exhilarating experiences of my life. As far as the handling of the car is concerned, it’s pretty much as though the car is on rails. What is the most amazing aspect is the carbon ceramics that gives you phenomenal braking. On the back straight, you are running up to 260 kms an hour, and into the right hander, you only start braking once the curbstone starts. Effectively you are getting down from about 260 kms an hour to 80 kms an hour in less than 100 meters. This is absolute phenomenal braking.

On the back straight, because of the aero kit, I think I am sacrificing about 30 km an hour in top end speed, this is because the aero is acting aggressively and giving a tremendous amount of downfall. However, I more than make up for that through all the corners as that extra down force gives me much higher cornering speed.

One of the areas where you feel tremendous down force is on the parabolic. And the subsequent corners after, where you can pretty much keep your foot back down.

All in all I can say that the 458 Challenge has been an incredible experience, and living up to its legend is going to be tough for Ferrari. But knowing Ferrari, I am sure they will come out with something which is truly more incredible. I can only wait and watch, and look forward to the same.

If any of u have questions, please tweet me at singhaniagautam, and I will be happy to answer. A lot of people have been asking me what has been the experience of driving the 458 Challenge car. Having driven a whole variety of racing cars over my life, at the onset I would like to say, the 458 Challenge is one of the most outstanding track cars that I have ever driven.

The 458 Challenge is the conversion of the 458 Italia, into a pure track car. This car is made by Ferrari factory and production happens typically once a year in the month of April. These cars are generally made to order and done in one lot.

Apart from the car being lighter, by about a 160 pounds, it is truly purpose built track car. It has a roll cage, racing seats, harness system, harness safety belts, intercom for driver passenger communication, and a completely different dash set up. Apart from all the engine parameters and RPM gauge that is on the dash board, it also has a full telemetry system. Once you have installed the beacon on the start finish line, as you go past it lap after lap, it indicates to you, your lap time, in real time. If the track is so set up, you can also get the split times at intermediate 1 and intermediate 2. This tremendously helps the driver, as he can know immediately, as to what he has done wrong or right in the previous lap, and then correct upon the same.

I had the privilege of testing this car at Buddh International Circuit which is a fantastic circuit to drive on. Having done 185 laps, and consumed two sets of tyres and one set of brakes, apart from 600 litres of fuel, I can only say it was one of the most exhilarating experiences of my life. As far as the handling of the car is concerned, it’s pretty much as though the car is on rails. What is the most amazing aspect is the carbon ceramics that gives you phenomenal braking. On the back straight, you are running up to 260 kms an hour, and into the right hander, you only start braking once the curbstone starts. Effectively you are getting down from about 260 kms an hour to 80 kms an hour in less than 100 meters. This is absolute phenomenal braking.

On the back straight, because of the aero kit, I think I am sacrificing about 30 km an hour in top end speed, this is because the aero is acting aggressively and giving a tremendous amount of downfall. However, I more than make up for that through all the corners as that extra down force gives me much higher cornering speed.

One of the areas where you feel tremendous down force is on the parabolic. And the subsequent corners after, where you can pretty much keep your foot back down.

All in all I can say that the 458 Challenge has been an incredible experience, and living up to its legend is going to be tough for Ferrari. But knowing Ferrari, I am sure they will come out with something which is truly more incredible. I can only wait and watch, and look forward to the same.

If any of u have questions, please tweet me at singhaniagautam, and I will be happy to answer.

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What separates the Challenge from Italia - briefly highlighted by Mr. Gautam Singhania , for those of you who always wanted to know.

Differences between the 458 italia and challenge car.

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1.Modifications have been made to the gear ratios and calibration of its dual-clutch F1 gearbox to guarantee higher torque at lower revs.

2.Significant work has also gone into cutting the car’s weight. This focused on both the exterior and interior with Ferrari’s engineers concentrating in particular on reducing the thickness of the bodyshell panels and on using lightweight materials, such as carbon-fibre as well as polycarbonate for the front and rear windscreens and side windows.

3.Has a specific suspension set-up with steel uniball joints, stiffer springs, single-rate alloy dampers, centre-nut 19” forged rims, larger dimension Pirelli slicks and a ride height lowered by 50mm all round.

4.Equipped with the new generation Brembo CCM2 brakes integrated with the latest ABS system which debuted on the 599XX, Ferrari’s extreme experimental laboratory car.

5.Another first for a Ferrari Challenge model is the adoption of the F1-Trac traction control system, the most sophisticated of its kind. The F1-Trac is completely integrated with the E-Diff to guarantee maximum stability and acceleration both into and out of corners.

6.Includes a racing cockpit.

7.Windows which only open through small slots.

8.It has an Air-jack mounting on the rear to lift the car up.

9.It includes racing fuel filler cap and racing rims.

10.Has hooks on the front and rear to drag the car out of the sandtraps.

If any of u have questions, please tweet me at singhaniagautam, and I will be happy to answer.

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