For Sale by Jan B. Lühn – Ferrari F430 GTC

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Model history:
The Ferrari F430 shared its aluminum chassis with the 360 that preceded it, but its Pininfarina-penned styling charted a new course for Maranello. The F430 channeled Ferrari’s past designs with taillights from the Enzo, Testarossa-like side mirrors that stretched out from its A-pillars, and ducts integrated into its sides and front fascia akin to 1960s Formula 1 cars. Pininfarina’s Frank Stephenson is credited with the F430’s striking design.

Though its styling was eye-catching, the F430’s big newsmaker at its debut at the 2004 Geneva Motor Show was under its glass engine cover. The F430 marked the first use of Ferrari’s new dual overhead camshaft, 32-valve V-8 engine, codenamed F136 E. The 90-degree V-8 was co-developed with Maserati, but Maranello’s version got its own 180-degree flat-plane crankshaft. Chain-driven camshafts replaced rubber belts in the automaker’s previous eight-cylinder. The new, modern V-8 was the first clean-sheet design for Ferrari in about half a century. The new engine sent its approximately 490 hp to the rear wheels via either a six-speed manual transmission or the automaker’s six-speed F1 gearbox.

It did not take long for Ferrari to take the wraps off a GT2 racing version of the F430. Developed with longtime racing partner Michelotto Automobili, the F430 GTC was eligible for American Le Mans Series racing, the Le Mans Series, the FIA GT Championship, and even the 24 Hours of Le Mans!

The F430 GTC made use of a downsized 4.0-liter version of the new V-8 in order to comply with FIA rules. The F430 GTC’s engine was rated at 470 hp, but its impressive power-to-weight ratio meant it was significantly faster than the 550-hp F430 GT3. A six-speed sequential-shift transmission put power to the wheels in rapid fashion.

The F430 GTC featured a big rear wing with an integrated Gurney flap to enhance the design’s already impressive downforce plus carbon fiber body panels to reduce weight. Race cars rode on 18-inch center-lock lightweight wheels wrapped in Michelin racing slicks rather than the 19-inch wheels with Pirelli tires on street cars. While the road-going F430 debuted adjustable dampers could be tweaked via a knob on its steering wheel, the F430 GTC’s suspension retained garage-only adjustment. Noting the difference between the street F430 and the F430 GTC during a test at Miller Motorsports Park in Utah in 2012, Road & Track wrote that the two Ferraris “are like shades of red: in a similar family, yes, but totally different.”

The F430 GTC got off to a strong start by winning the FIA GT2 Manufacturers’ Cup and Drivers’ title in 2006 and 2007, the ALMS GT2 Manufacturers’ Title in 2007, and it won the GT2 class at Le Mans in 2008. Ultimately, the F430 GTC made Ferrari a dominant force in GT racing, and this has continued with the 458 GT2 and 488 GTE. Including the 430 GTC prototype (chassis 2404) that is also owned by us, it is believed that approximately 53 examples were built in total.

Specific history of this car:
The featured car, chassis 2628 was sold new to the Piacenza based team AF Corse of Amato Ferrari, who until today runs all the Ferrari Works cars in the WEC championship.

The car was first entered under the starting number 8 in the 2009 International GT Open championship under the name of the team Megadrive with the two famous Italian GT drivers Marco Cioci and Piergiuseppe Perazzini. Cioci was a Ferrari GT Works driver from 2011 until 2014, while Perazzini won the Italian GT championship in 2003 and 2004 and later drove sucessfully for AF Corse at races as the 24h of Le Mans and Sebring.

Date Track Race1 Race2
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• 19 April Imola 8th 2nd

• 17 May Algarve 6th 3rd

• 28 June Spa-Francorchamps 6th 4th

• 5 July Donington 9th 5th

• 20 September Magny-Cours 8th 3rd

• 4 October Monza 5th 4th

• 1 November Barcelona 5th 4th

• 8 November Algarve DNF 4th

At the end of the 2009 season the team Megadrive finished 5th overall, while Cioci and Perazzini finished the championship 6th position.

For the 2010 season the car was entered under the starting number 5 by team AF Corse in the Italian GT championship, again driven by Cioci and Perazzini.

• 25 April Misano 8th 2nd

• 9 May Vallelunga 5th 5th

• 6 June Magione 2nd (1st in class) 7th

• 4 July Imola 11th 10th

• 25 July Mugello 1st DNF

• 26 September Vallelunga 2nd 2nd

• 24 October Monza 8th DNF

After its active, professional racing career the car was sold by AF Corse to an amateur racer and collector. The car was then mainly used for club racing or track days within Europe.

The car will now be sold with a very interesting and valuable spares package as well as some period documentation.

This is a rare opportunity to purchase a well raced Ferrari racing car at a very reasonable price that is also eligible for the Ferrari Club Competizioni GT, the Masters series of the Peter Auto series only to mention a few.

2018 Ferrari 488 Challenge at Bonhams Auction Monterey

Estimate: US$ 225,000 – 250,000 / € 200,000 – 220,000

Direct link to the auction HERE

2018 Ferrari 488 Challenge
VIN. ZFF87EXX000227921
3.9 Liter Turbo V8
493bhp at 8000rpm
7-Speed Dual Clutch Transmission
4-Wheel Disc Brakes
4-Wheel Independent Suspension

*Eligible for The Ferrari Challenge Series 2020 and Beyond
*Features complete log book and service from new.
*Recent service work completed
*Immediate track support available

THE FERRARI 488 CHALLENGE

Since the announcement of Ferrari’s single-make racing series in 1992, coined the Ferrari Challenge series, there have been over 1000 races, and equally as man drivers taking part in up to three series organized over three continents. Over the years, the Ferrari Challenge series has proved to be an ideal platform for drivers looking to compete in international GT and prototype championships. An impressive number of the series’ alumni have gone on to win in internationally recognized series such as Grand-Am, IMSA, the FIA World Endurance Championship and even the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Commencing with the 348, Ferrari Challenge evolved to the 355 and 360 Modena before offering F430, and 458 platforms. Today, the 488 Challenge is the first ever turbo-charged model to race in the series and is the most powerful Challenge car ever. At the heart of the 488 Challenge car is a 3.9-liter turbo V-8 derived from the road car series production engine, with a peppy 493 hp output, that took the overall 2016 International Engine of the Year Award.

Thanks to extensive development of the car’s engine, aerodynamics, and chassis, the 488 Challenge reaches new levels of performance, chopping a second off the Fiorano lap time of the preceding 458 Challenge EVO for a new record of 1’15.5″. Compared to the production 488 GTB V8, the Challenge’s powertrain features specific engine mapping, optimized for racing performance, and shorter gear ratios. The variable torque management has been modified to prompt the driver to shift up at the ideal moment during longitudinal acceleration, thus making maximum use of the performance characteristics of the turbo engine. The F1 DCT transmission features a new racing shift strategy which enables the car to accelerate from a standstill to maximum revs in 4th gear in just six seconds. Further improvements include a reduction in overall powertrain weight.

Concerning vehicle dynamics, Ferrari’s patented Slip Slip Control (SSC) software makes its first-ever appearance on a Challenge car. The SSC is integrated with the vehicle electronic dynamic controls and is calibrated, along with the traction control and E-Diff3, to improve turn-in, cornering, and acceleration out of corners ensuring that maximum traction is provided throughout.

To enable Challenge drivers to tailor the car’s handling to their driving style to an even higher degree, the vehicle control functions (traction and braking) are now governed independently, thanks to the adoption of three manettinos. One is dedicated just to braking, while the other two, set either side of the steering wheel, govern the traction control and electronic differential.

These two manettinos regulate the two phases of traction control, meaning they work independently on when and how the intervention activation occurs. The right-hand manettino (TC1) governs ‘when,’ in other words, the point of intervention under acceleration. The left-hand one (TC2) instead governs ‘how,’ controlling the degree of intensity of torque reduction as it senses the rear wheels spin.

THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

The Ferrari 488 Challenge offer here is fresh from 2 seasons of racing action, competing in the 2017-2019 editions of the Ferrari Challenge series where it was successfully campaigned by The Collection (Ferrari of Miami).

Living under the care of a professional racing program, this example comes complete with an entire set of log books dating back to the car’s initial delivery; something rarely seen and provided when searching for a Challenge series car. Complimenting its history of maintenance records, this 488 Challenge has also been recently inspected, serviced, and is prepared for track use.
Represented today in Ferrari’s iconic Rossa Corsa livery, the exterior color is the only conventional part of this incredible masterpiece of engineering. Low stance, winglets, and the exaggerated rear wing and front valence all work to direct air through and around this car. Ferrari has successfully created a production racing car that can easily be campaigned by a weekend track day hobbyist or immediately entered into today’s Ferrari Challenge series.

The Ferrari 488 Challenge’s ease of use allows drivers of any skill level, from novice to pro, to race a car equally suited for the 24 Hours of LeMans as it is for building practical race craft at the local track. The buyer of this car can be confident that there will be plenty of support in running this car with aggression on track for years to come.

This is the One-off Ferrari P80/C! EXCLUSIVE RIDE FLAT OUT

This is the Ferrari P80/C, a unique product from Ferrari’s Special Projects team based on the 488 GT3 racecar, and you can join me now for a completely exclusive opportunity to discover it! Let’s take a look at all of the details of this bespoke machine before heading to the hillclimb with Sam Bird at the wheel for the full experience.

As Ferrari’s 36th such project, the P80/C is the result of 5-6 years work between the customer and the design and engineering teams. Having started life working from the 488 GT3 prototype, the new carbon fibre bodywork takes inspiration from the 330 P3/4 while incorporating a lower roofline and both Attack and Concours configurations.

As you see it here, the car features the high rear wing and 18″ race wheels; but it can also be set up without the wing and fitted with 21″ display wheels too for different types of shows. The appearance at the Goodwood Festival of Speed is actually its very first outing, and certainly for a dynamic display to the public. The owner of the car very kindly invited me to jump onboard to share the car with you and give a sense of what it’s like. At this moment in time it made me the first person to have such an opportunity and I cannot thank him enough for this. If you’d like to see more of this spectacular machine, do give a follow to the Instagram page: http://www.instagram.com/ferrarip80c A thanks of course also goes to Sam for piloting the car!