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2012 Ferrari 458 Italia Grand Am Race Car

2012 Ferrari 458 Italia Grand Am Race Car

The 458 Italia Grand Am has been developed in conjunction with Michelotto Automobili, based on the GT3 version of the V8 Ferrari berlinetta, with the aim of racing in the famous North American series. (continued below)

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458 Italia to Race in 2012 Grand Am Series

Source: Ferrari | Published: Fri Jul 22, 2011

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The 458 Grand Am is built to match the American regulations and is therefore different to the European car, especially in that it develops 500 horsepower and has less efficient aerodynamics than the GT version. It is also fitted with a 48 mm restrictor and maximum revs are 8000. Significant modifications have been made to the braking system, as the car has neither ABS nor traction control. Other differences to the GT3 include the roll-over bar which gives greater lateral protection to increase safety in a series in which collisions are rather more frequent. The car is fitted with tires from Continental, the sole supplier to the series, featuring a very hard compound, again to conform with the series regulations.

458 Italia Grand Am in Action at Daytona

After making its track debut at home in Fiorano on July 18th, the 458 Italia Grand Am will be back in action on July 26-27th for a private test session at Florida's Daytona International Speedway. Taking turns at the wheel will be the tried and tested duo of Jaime Melo and Toni Vilander who can pride themselves of having an extensive list of wins to their name in Ferraris. They will continue development work on the 458 Italia Grand Am in preparation for its participation in the 2012 American championship.

Daytona recalls many memories of past Ferrari victories in the famous 24 Hour race, the company having close links with this important event. In fact, Ferrari has taken part in 47 of these endurance races, winning five of them outright as well as taking 15 class wins.

Standing out in that list was an amazing clean sweep of the podium in 1967 for the two Ferrari 330 P4 and a 412 N.A.R.T., while back in 1962, Phil Hill and Ricardo Rodriguez won in a Dino 246 SP. That year, no less than four Ferraris finished in the top ten while in 1972, Mario Andretti and Jacky Ickx won in a 312 PB.

Key: AT - automatic transmission, MT - manual transmission, F/R/AWD - front/rear/all wheel drive
Type V8
Displacement 274 cu in (4497 cc)
Power 500 hp
Torque n/a
Redline 8000 rpm
Driveline Rear Wheel Drive
Transmission n/a
Brakes & Tires
Brakes Front - Rear Ventilated Discs - Ventilated Discs
Tire Size Front - Rear n/a
Exterior Dimensions & Weight
Length n/a
Width n/a
Height n/a
Curb Weight n/a
0-60 mph n/a
1/4 Mile n/a
60-0 Braking n/a
Top Speed n/a
Fuel Economy
EPA Fuel Mileage - City/Highway n/a
Origin & Price
Origin Italy
Base Retail Price (MSRP) n/a

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