The Ferrari 488 Challenge born in 2016 is intended for track use only. It is the most powerful car in the Challenge’s history thanks to the 670 hp, 3.9-liter turbo V8 engine, derived from the 488 GTB engine, winner of the International Engine of the Year Award (2016).
From the very beginning, the car was designed to adapt to the different tracks, weather conditions, and also different driving styles. With the Ferrari 488 Challenge, each one can find its own tailored setting, playing with the multiple solutions offered by traction and ABS control systems.
At the end of 2019, three years after the debut of the 488 Challenge in 2016, Ferrari presented the Evo version which introduces a mechanical and aerodynamic upgrade kit.
On the Ferrari 488 Challenge Evo, all the changes made are aimed at an overall performance improvement.
Various interventions on the electronics, traction control and ABS introduce new specific calibrations to enhance the sporty character of the car.
The aerodynamic intervention can be seen with different front air intakes, while the sides have been partially modified by introducing new fins to convey more air to the intercooler. At the rear, the stylistic references to the FXX-K are evident with various appendages and additional vents both to promote mechanical efficiency and to increase the vertical load to the advantage of cornering grip. All this results in a spectacular 30% increase in downforce compared to the previous 488 Challenge.
The new steering wheel derived from the experience gained with the FXX-K evo improves drastically ergonomics so that the driver can keep steadily an ideal position while having under control the car’s system.
To make performance more constant during races, the 488 Challenge Evo has an updated braking system with new discs: the design has changed at the front, while the diameter has increased at the rear.
Finally, the tires are also new (275 / 675-19 at the front and 315 / 705-19 at the rear), specially developed by Pirelli after numerous tests on various European circuits to ensure greater performance and less degradation of performance during races.