Philippine official Ferrari distributor Autostrada Motore has confirmed that it will be supporting Filipino driver Vincent Floirendo in his 2014 Ferrari Challenge Asia Pacific bid. The six-leg one-make series features Ferrari 458 Challenge cars driven by gentleman racers.
Floirendo is an avid car enthusiast and has been active in local vintage and sports car races organized by the Manila Sports Car Club, and the Philippine GT Series. He also had some experience in the Philippine Touring Car Championship, National Karting Series previously and was also involved in some drag racing.
The 2014 Ferrari Challenge Asia Pacific will be run in Malaysia, Australia, China, Korea, Japan, and a world final race at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi against other regional Ferrari Challenge drivers.
The 458 Challenge uses specially prepared Ferrari 458 Italia equipped with production-spec 4.4-liter GDI V8 engines pushing out 570 PS at 9000 rpm mated to a modified F1 dual clutch gearbox with customized gear ratios and more aggressive calibration for competition use to ensure optimal performance at all rev ranges. An electronic differential is also fitted to the car to ensure optimal delivery of power and torque to the rear wheels.
Bodywork modifications include use of lightweight carbon fiber body panels and Lexan to replace the glass windows.
Race suspension features single-rate alloy dampers and steel uniball joints to maximize handling and ensure durable performance. Ride height has also been lowered by 50mm from standard for a lower center of gravity. The car rolls on 19-inch center-lock forged wheels wrapped with Pirelli slick tires.
For maximum stopping power, Brembo has supplied CCM2 carbon ceramic brakes with ABS similar to that of the 599XX laboratory car. The Ferrari in-house developed F1-Trac traction control system aids in taming the Prancing Horse in case the driver desires. It comes with two track-biased configurations developed through Ferrari’s extensive experience in F1 and GT racing.
Driving aids are controlled via a steering wheel-mounted manettino which allows control for the ABS/EBD, E-Diff and F1-Trac settings. The drive will have three choices: OFF position (traction control deactivated) or Position 1 and Position 2 which offer progressively greater levels of intervention and can be selected to suit track grip conditions.