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2012 Ferrari 458 Grand Am

Maranello, 6 December – The Daytona 24 Hours, which takes place from 26 to 29 January at Florida’s Daytona International Speedway will feature the racing debut of the 458 Grand Am. The car is derived from the GT3 version of the 458, the latest racing model of the Ferrari sports car, developed in collaboration with Michelotto and aimed at the American series.

The famous race will bring to mind the race back on 5 February 1967, when all three steps of the podium were filled by Ferrari drivers, highlighting the dominance of the Maranello marque across the Pond. The crews of Lorenzo Bandini-Chris Amon in the Ferrari 330 P4 Spider, Mike Parkes – Ludovico Scarfiotti in the Ferrari 330 P4 sports car and Pedro Rodriguez-Jean Guichet in the Ferrari 412 P produced an amazing result, thanks to an impeccable strategy thought out by Sporting Director Franco Lini over the last few laps, culminating in the three cars taking the chequered flag in line abreast.

This clean sweep, with a win in the Monza 1000 Kms, second place at Brands Hatch and the Le Mans 24 Hours and a third place at Spa, meant that Ferrari won that year’s International Sports Prototype Constructors’ Championship. Ferrari then had to wait until 1998 to take its next win in the Daytona 24 Hours, thanks to the Team Momo F333 SP which also won that year’s Sebring 2 Hours.

In 2012, it will fall to Scuderia AF Corse, winners of the Le Mans Series, Intercontinental Le Mans Cup and the FIA GT3 championship to try and replicate these American victories. Its 458 Grand Am will be crewed all year by Daytona 500 winner Michael Waltrip, North American Rally Champion, Travis Pastrana and two endurance race veterans Rui Aguas and Robert Kauffman who here in Daytona tackle the first of 13 rounds on the busy Grand Am calendar.

Story by Ferrari S.p.A., Grand-Am Road Racing

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In Detail

type Racing Car
built at Maranello, Italy
coachbuilder Pininfarina
engine F136-FB 90° V8
position Mid Longitudinal
aspiration Natural
block material Aluminum
valvetrain DOHC, 4 Valves per Cyl
fuel feed Direct Gasoline Injection
displacement 4499 cc / 274.55 in³
bore 94 mm / 3.7 in
stroke 81 mm / 3.2 in
compression 12.5:1
power 419.1 kw / 562 bhp @ 9000 rpm
specific output 124.92 bhp per litre
torque 540 nm / 398.3 ft lbs @ 6000 rpm
redline 9000
body / frame Aluminum Body over Aluminum Chassis
driven wheels RWD w/E-Diff3
front brakes Ventilated & Drilled Carbon-Ceramic Discs w/ABS
rear brakes Discs w/ABS
front wheels F 50.8 x 21.6 cm / 20 x 8.5 in
rear wheels R 50.8 x 26.7 cm / 20 x 10.5 in
steering Rack & Pinion w/Variable Assist
f suspension Double Wishbones, Coil Springs, Delphi Magnetorheological Dampers, Anti-Roll Bar
r suspension Double Wishbones, Coil Springs, Delphi Magnetorheological Dampers, Anti-Roll Bar
wheelbase 2650 mm / 104.3 in
length 4527 mm / 178.2 in
width 1937 mm / 76.3 in
height 1213 mm / 47.8 in
transmission Getrag 7-Speed Sequential
tran clutch Dual-clutch
emission 307 g/km