Latest addition ... 458 Challenge

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  1. M-individual

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    #1 M-individual, Apr 2, 2012
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    Well ... last week was THE moment I had been waiting for since January. My 458 Challenge was delivered and joins the 599 GTO and the 612 Scaglietti. She may be the smallest of the 3 but she sure is the meanest of them all.

    What a car!!! Looks just perfect. Below are some pics of the delivery at the dealer. She was accompanied by 3 Lambo's (3 Aventadors) in the truck. Those Lambo's look massive compared to the 458C but she outruns them all :D

    I'm planning on posting more pictures in the future and I will share my driving experiences as time goes on. I've put a pretty attractive program together for this season. Won't race the car in a competition but will drive it on 8 occasions of which 3 times in Spa. More events may be added to the calendar. We will see.

    Shake down is foreseen on April 21st ... Can't wait for the first laps in this unbelievable machine. The sound is EPIC. At 3,500 rpm the windows of the Ferrari showroom almost cracked ;) and then to think that she revs all the way to 9,000 rpm.

    This is going to be one great year.

    Cheers,

    M
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  2. Dimitar

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    Congrats "M". Enjo.y it in good health. You are putting together a nice collection. Please post pictures of the interior.

    Best
     
  3. dcmetro

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    Goddam !!!!

    So nice... She sits even lower than I thought ! Use it in good jhealth on the track , to improve you skills, and therefore have even more pleasure on the road !

    Question , I remember you saying the wheels being black ...
     
  4. AndrewDinCH

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    Very nice. You must be one happy camper. Congratulations, and do tell us how the shake down goes!
     
  5. 4re Nut

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    Congrats (again!)! Thanks for sharing.
     
  6. M-individual

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    Thanks ;)

    Will post some as soon as I have better ones.
     
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  8. M-individual

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    Thanks. Yes ... they will be painted black later ;)

    Ooh yes ... very happy indeed and I will certainly update you guys after the shake down.

    ;) Thanks (again)!
     
  9. elipinski

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    M-, stunning, b e a u t i f u l; lots of happy miles with speed and enjoyment and pleasure-- thats for sure- have a safe ride!!!!
     
  10. rickadelic

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    WOW, perfect fit for the track.

    cant wait to see it on Spa, maybe till then and enjoy.
     
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  12. AJ

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    Very nice, M :)
     
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    Looks great, that will be a lot of fun on the track.
     
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  15. Scuderia-F1

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    CONGRATS to the Challenge, she looks GREAT. What an AWESOME collection you have now with the GTO, the 612 & now THIS! :)
     
  16. Hawkeye

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    Well done sir! I've had a few laps in a 458C around Circuit Mont-Tremblant. What an amazing machine. Congrats M!
     
  17. M-individual

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    Thanks for all the kind words guys. It is indeed an amazing machine :)


    Will be there on May 30th, June 11th and 12th.
     
  18. Ferrari 360 CS

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    Congrats! Awesome looking Challenge. That car around Spa(in dry weather) will be an amazing experience I am sure!
     
  19. enzo360

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    M,
    congrats on, yet another, beautiful machine.
    I suppose she doesn't sleep at home? What are the arragements for keeping such a car: she stays over at the dealer who takes care of transport and maintenance in between use?
    Best
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  20. Maximus

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    Nice one M! Will you upgrade her with a livery or will it be "plain" red for the time being? I wish you many safe and speedy miles with the 458C! I hope to see it one day at Spa.
     
  21. willcrook

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    HOT!

    i'd be so tempted to take her out for a little naughty spin on the streets~!
     
  22. 430 scuderia

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    Just a beauty..!

    Best
     
  23. M-individual

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    It sure will be. In the wet it will be amazing as well ;)

    Thanks. She will be staying at the dealer and get plenty of tender love and care from all the mechanics when she is not used :D

    Thanks. Main colour will be red but some sponsors will be added soon. Will be white letters. I want to keep it in the colours of the Scuderia ;) Make sure to come say hello when you see me.

    Oh believe me ... I was tempted last week but didn't want to take the risk. One speed bump on the road and you are in trouble.

    :D Thanks.
     
  24. omd78

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    Congratulations! What a thrill to know she has finally arrived ;)

    Gr. Martin
     
  25. S Brake

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    Very nice addition to the stable, congrats!
     
  26. 430-SPI

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    Congratulations M,

    I saw 'her' in the showroom last Saturday, it's a beauty!!! Look forward to see you both on the 21st.
     
  27. M-individual

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    Thanks Martin ;)

    Thanks.

    Thanks. Great to hear both of you will be there for the shakedown on the 21st. Hopefully the weather will be as good as last time. Should be a great day. My Mrs. will be there as well so yours won't be alone this time ;)
     
  28. amenasce

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    Gorgeous. What a beautiful toy you got there! Enjoy and please post pics of her at speed!
     
  29. F430GB

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    Beautiful! Congratulations; trust me, you're going to enjoy the hell out of it. ;)

    -Gil
     
  30. M-individual

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    Thanks Andrew and I'll certainly post some action pictures ;)

    Thanks. Somehow I think you are absolutely right. This is going to be a car with a very high fun factor.
     
  31. Stefan_009

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    Congratulations on another brilliant addition, enjoy :)
     
  32. 430-SPI

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    Looking forward to see you there!
     
  33. rpmtifosi

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    Congrats with this fantastic car!!
    The Monza team wil take good care of it i'm sure ;)
    I bet you're gonna have a great time!
    Hope to see it at Spa in June :)

    Guy
     
  34. Modena F1

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    Congratulations M. I own also a 458 Challenge which I use only in trackdays in Spain.
    You will find that this car is much easier ti drive than the GtO.
    I look forward to hearing your expreriecies wher you drive in the shake down.

    Yours

    Josep
     
  35. M-individual

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    Thanks a lot.

    Me too ;)

    Thanks. Can't ask for a better team to take care of this car. They are very professional. See you at Spa.

    Hi Josep. Thanks for the feedback. Interesting but then again, if you go near the limit with the GTO she does tend to get tricky so I see where you are coming from with the Challenge. I'll certainly share some of my experiences in this thread.
     
  36. omd78

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    Will probably have a look tomorrow @ Monza...

    Gr. Martin
     
  37. GTE

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    I was blessed enough to experience the 458C as a passanger around the GP track of the Nurburgring and she is insanely quick. Such an enormous thrill. Worth every penny (i can only imagine). Enjoy!
     
  38. Dipsomaniac

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    Fantastic the ultimate boys toy .. enjoy in good health.

    Will you be keeping it at the dealership or at home? Would love to see a family pic of all 3.
     
  39. M-individual

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    Enjoy. She is great to look at.

    Thanks. Must have been quite an experience!

    Thanks. She will be staying at the dealer but I will certainly get some pics of all 3 together. That's on the "to-do" list ;)
     
  40. Napolis

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    Congrats!!
     
  41. M-individual

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    Thanks a lot Jim ;)
     
  42. margarita

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    beautifull,can you used on the streets in your country?
     
  43. MisterMaranello

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    Beautiful car, really suits the bare race-spec perfectly.

    I've got a question though; to what extent can you track this car yourself, without needing track/crew support? Is the 458C a car you can just drive onto a trailer and hitch to the back of your car and show up? I'm thinking about the setups too, is it a car that is hard to do basic tuning to once you are present at the track (shocks, brakes etc.)? I know companies like FF Corse provide track support to all those members who pay for it, even just for track days. But I'm thinking since the 458C derives from the Corse Clienti, it should be able to be tracked like that too (by the client themselves), without requiring a few technicians here and there.

    Congratulations on a fine acquisition! :)

    Herman
     
  44. M-individual

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    Thanks. Not street legal where I live.

    Thanks. I have a crew and full support from my dealer. That's the best option for me. We have an experienced mechanic who knows how to set up the car and perform all the pre-drive and post drive checks. He will attend all the events I will drive this year. For me it is important to have a great understanding with the mechanic and that you get professional support. If you intend to do this right and enjoy the car for a couple of seasons it is a must in my opinion to have professional support. Even if it is just to use it on track days (which is the case for me).

    It is not recommended to show up on a track day with a 458C without proper support or you could be in for a bad experience.
     
  45. MisterMaranello

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    That'a sounds very much like the right decision. I for one would not purchase such an advanced car as the 458C without having support from someone who had a fine understanding of tuning and setup's. :)
     
  46. M-individual

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    Totally agree ;)
     
  47. M-individual

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    Sponsor logo's being put on the car today and she is being prepped for Saturday's shakedown. This is so exciting ... :D

    They do announce cold weather (around 8°C) with wind and some showers :( I guess we will have to use rain rubber ...
     
  48. M-individual

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    ...

    Looks like a real race car now ;)
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  49. omd78

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    Looks different from yesterday :D:D:D Tires look like rain tires, so you're good to go!

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    Gr. Martin
     
  50. Scuderia-F1

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    She looks GREAT with the decals M! ;)

    I know that you will have a great time with her during the shakedown, ENJOY! :)
     
  51. M-individual

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    Couldn't see the pic Martin but yes, she has some cosmetic changes ;) I think rain rubber will be the way to go for Saturday!

    Thanks a lot! I'm really looking forward to the first runs ... and all the ones to come :D
     
  52. omd78

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    Eagerly awaiting updates form Spa...

    Gr. Martin
     

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