Ferrari Challenge

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Ferrari Challenge
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CategoryOne-make racing by Ferrari
North America
Inaugural season1993
Tyre suppliersPirelli
Official websiteOfficial website

The Ferrari Challenge is a single-marque motorsport championship that was created in 1993 for owners of the 348 Berlinetta who wanted to become involved in racing. It now encompasses three official championships in the United States, Asia-Pacific, and Europe.[1] Competitors from each series are brought together at the annual World Finals (Finali Mondiali) event. From 2007-10, the Ferrari Challenge exclusively used the Ferrari F430 model. 2011 saw the introduction of the 458 Challenge with the 458 Challenge Evoluzione following in 2014. In 2018 Ferrari introduced the 488 Challenge.


A Ferrari F430 Challenge car used in the North American series.

Currently there are three distinct series, but in 2001, the number of championships peaked at five, with three in Europe, one in the United States, and one in Japan.[2] Since 2001, the Ferrari Challenge is managed by Ferrari's Corse Clienti department ("customer racing").

Ferrari Challenge Italy[edit]

The now defunct Ferrari Challenge Italy used a two-class format in which distinguished between professional competition drivers in the Trofeo Pirelli (lit. "Pirelli Trophy") and amateur "gentleman drivers" in the Coppa Shell (lit. "Shell Cup").[3] This format has now been transferred to the Europe Challenge series. It was originally launched in 1993, with backing from Pirelli. Its popularity has resulted in a 2007 entry list of ten teams represented by 37 drivers. The Challenge Italy series is now merged with the European Challenge-series.[4][5]

Ferrari Challenge Europe[edit]

Like the Challenge Italy, the European series is a two-class championship. For the 2012 calendar it contains 7 races, with 4 of them being held on Italian circuits. This is done in sync with the Italian series now merged into the European. The remaining 3 races are held at Hungaroring, Spa-Francorchamps, and Silverstone.[6] The European Challenge is by far the largest series, with between 50–55 entrants for the 2012 season.

Ferrari Challenge North America[edit]

Ferrari F430 Challenge racer at New Jersey Motorsports Park, North American series (2008 season).

The North American also features the Trofeo Pirelli and Coppa Shell class system.[7] This championship was inaugurated in 1994. It is organized by Ferrari North America and sanctioned by IMSA.[8][9] The 2012 season consists of 7 events in the US and Canada. The 2012 grid of the FCNA includes 20 drivers, making it the smallest Challenge-series worldwide in terms of entrants.

Ferrari Challenge Asia-Pacific[edit]

The Asia-Pacific is the most recent of the Challenge series since the 2011 season, inaugurated in combination with the growing interest and sales for Ferrari in Asia. The season encompasses events in Japan, China, Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. The Asia-Pacific also features the Trofeo Pirelli and Coppa Shell class system. Grid is made up of 35 to 40 drivers for the 2012 season.

Unofficial series[edit]

The Ferrari Challenge has inspired other national club-level championships that are not affiliated with Ferrari S.p.A. itself. The 'Ferrari Scandinavia Challenge' is an unofficial championship with events in Sweden, and Denmark. It was created in 2001 and is not exclusive to the latest Challenge cars, with many classes so that models all the way back to the 348 are eligible for entry.[10] The UK has a similar unofficial series comprising three championships for older cars that is organised by the Ferrari Owners' Club.[11] In recent years, a club championship open to all Challenge cars har been organized in the US under the name of Ferrari Club Racing Championship/Association as an alternative to the Ferrari Challenge North America, which many competitors felt was too expensive. The FCRA hosts 6 rounds during a season.[12]

Finali Mondiali[edit]

From 2014, the major Ferrari Challenge series (Europe, North America and Asia-Pacific) have combined to host a World Final common event for all championships. This event culminates in a race containing as many of the competitors across all series in both Trofeo Pirelli and Coppa Shell as can fit. The following table represents the winners of each event:

Year Circuit Trofeo Pirelli Coppa Shell Source
2013 Italy Mugello Circuit Pro: Austria Philipp Baron Am: Italy Giosue Rizzuto [13]
2014 United Arab Emirates Yas Marina Circuit Pro: Italy Max Blancardi
Pro-Am: Mexico Ricardo Pérez de Lara
Am: Italy Massimiliano Bianchi [14][15][16]
2015 Italy Mugello Circuit Pro: Italy Matteo Santoponte
Pro-Am: Italy Alessandro Vezzoni
Am: Italy Erich Prinoth [17][18][19]
2016 United States Daytona International Speedway Pro: Venezuela Carlos Kauffman
Pro-Am: United Kingdom Sam Smeeth
Am: Germany Thomas Löfflad [20]
2017 Italy Mugello Circuit Pro: Switzerland Fabio Leimer
Pro-Am: Germany Jens Liebhauser
Am: Denmark Johnny Laursen [21][22]
2018 Italy Autodromo Nazionale Monza Pro: Denmark Nicklas Nielsen
Pro-Am: Liechtenstein Fabienne Wohlwend
Pro-Am: Switzerland Christophe Hurni
Am: Sweden Ingvar Mattsson
2019 Italy Mugello Circuit Pro: United Kingdom Adam Carroll
Pro-Am: Italy Emanuele-Maria Tabacchi
Pro-Am: United States James Weiland
Am: Sweden Ingvar Mattsson


A brand new 458 Challenge will cost around $300,000 in the US. The only options available on the car is the color and size of the passenger seat. All new 458C's come delivered on rain tyres. Racing in the Ferrari Challenge North America series will cost roughly around $15,000–$20,000 per race weekend if the car is run by a dealer team, which they in most cases are. This includes crew support, a fee to Ferrari North America, transportation and living costs plus additional spares. The fee to FNA is approximately $2,000–$3,000 which gives the competitors fuel and tires. Privateer entries can be run at a slightly smaller cost as there will be no dealer fee included.[27]

One-make racing[edit]

The cockpit of a F430 Challenge carries only basic racing necessities.
The Ferrari 360 Challenge was the Ferrari Challenge racer replacing the F355 Challenge.

The Ferrari Challenge uses a single model from the manufacturer's road car range, suitably modified to make them safe for competition use. The lineage began with the 348 Berlinetta in 1993, followed by its successor, the F355 Berlinetta, and the 360 Modena was introduced in 2000. The F355 remained eligible during 2000 and 2001.[2] The 360CS (Challenge Stradale) version was the first competition-orientated version to be marketed to the public. The F430 Challenge was phased in during a transitional year in 2006, with the same being the case for the 458 Challenge in 2011.[28] The F430 introduced carbon-ceramic brake discs for the first time and gained 80bhp over the 360CS, which has reduced lap times to approximately three seconds shy of the F430 GT2.[3] The current 458 Challenge is the first to have driver controlled aids such as traction control, stability management and adjustable ABS brakes.[29]

Ferrari Challenge racers[edit]

The 488 Challenge is the most recent in a line of Ferraris used in the Ferrari Challenge series. The lineage is as follows:[30]

All the cars used in the series are track only, although some 360 Challenges have been made road legal in Australia, with extensive modifications. However, due to new legislation, this is not possible anymore. The 360 Challenge used in the series should not be confused with the 360 Challenge Stradale, which was a road-legal, track day oriented version of the 360, similar to the F430 Scuderia.

Racing simulators based on the series[edit]

In 1999, Sega's producer Yu Suzuki created Ferrari F355 Challenge: Passione Rossa, a video game based on the Ferrari F355 Challenge series.

In 2008, System 3's Mark Cale created Ferrari Challenge: Trofeo Pirelli, the official game of the Ferrari Challenge featuring the licensed Ferrari F430 Challenge Italian, European and North American 2007 series.

In 2012 Ferrari Challenge in Test Drive: Ferrari Racing Legends.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Driver and Team Listings From Retrieved September 2, 2007.
  2. ^ a b 2004 Ferrari Challenge From Retrieved September 2, 2007.
  3. ^ a b Straw, Edd. "Ferrari Challenge", Autosport magazine, November 16, 2006, pp.63.
  4. ^ Driver and Team Listing – Italy From Retrieved September 2, 2007.
  5. ^ 2007 Ferrari Challenge Calendar From Retrieved September 2, 2007.
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  7. ^ 2007 USA Standings From Retrieved September 2, 2007.
  8. ^ "An insider's look...." From, published July 7, 2007.
  9. ^ "FAQ - Ferrari Corse Clienti". Ferrari Corse Clienti. Retrieved October 20, 2018.
  10. ^ Ferrari Scandinavia Challenge From Retrieved September 4, 2007.
  11. ^ Events From Retrieved September 4, 2007.
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  20. ^ "Ferrari Challenge – Kauffmann, Smeeth and Löfflad world champions". Ferrari B.V. Retrieved December 5, 2016.
  21. ^ "Ferrari Challenge 2017 - Trofeo Pirelli - World final race at Mugello". Retrieved November 23, 2017.
  22. ^ "Ferrari Challenge 2017 - Coppa Shell - World final race at Mugello". Retrieved November 23, 2017.
  23. ^ "Finali Mondiali 2018". Ferrari B.V. Retrieved April 17, 2019.
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  28. ^ 2007 Trofeo Pirelli From Retrieved September 2, 2007.
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  30. ^ 360 Challenge
  31. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on February 12, 2010. Retrieved 2010-03-07.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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