What a Story about and around the fantastic Ferrari 458 GTs
It’s become a tradition now to say goodbye to the Ferrari 458 GTE each Christmas on DSC, as each year when it looks like its run at the top of sportscars is over, a privateer team decides to enter one again!
Now though, finally!! it looks highly unlikely that we’ll see the 458 GTE in 2018 and beyond, even as a customer entry, with the new turbo-charged 488 GTE now eligible for the WEC’s GTE Am class and GTE in the ELMS.
This year JMW Motorsport continued to campaign its 458 GTE at the start of the year, and sent it off in style with an ELMS GTE class win in Monza in its final race with the team before its 488 GTE was delivered (and won GTE Am at Le Mans in its very first race).
That performance by JMW this year capped off an incredible run for the car, which has taken wins in the WEC, ILMC, ELMS, WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, Petit Le Mans, Sebring, the ALMS and of course Le Mans in recent seasons.
It will most definitely be missed though, as its screaming 4.5 litre V8 has become part of sportscar racing’s modern soundtrack, the successor 488 lacks for nothing in pace, but the aural outpourings of the twin turbo V8 are somewhat ‘folk singer’ to the 458’s ‘heavy metal opera star’.
n light of its wins this season, helping JMW to another ELMS title, here’s a complete rundown of all its big wins and titles since its 2011 debut: http://www.dailysportscar.com/2017/12/28/2017-goodbyes-the-ferrari-458-gte.html