RISI Competizione is going into the 2011 racing season armed with a positive attitude and a newly modified Ferrari 458 Italia just in time for the 12 hours of Sebring in central Florida.
"This new car offers a great opportunity for us to show what, I believe, we do best at Risi Competizione," said Risi Competizione?s Founder and Team Principal, Giuseppe Risi, "which is to technologically develop our cars to race and win GT events at the highest level of competition. I am confident that our total race car preparation will be better than our competitors, and that will allow us to concentrate our efforts on the areas of development and evolution that new race cars inevitably present."
The "Rosso Red" Ferrari 458 Italia GTC follows along the same path as the Italian brand’s typical Gran Turismo vehicles, but has been modified for better handling and grip on the track. Its suspension is also stiffer, allowing the Ferrari to have approximately 50% less movement or roll than the F430. Some similarities between the F430 and the 458 GTC is the mid-engined V8 producing 465hp. This engine is mated to a significantly revised gearbox and an improved traction control system which will allow drivers to pinpoint the directionality of the car through corners.
Ferrari drivers, Jaime Melo, Toni Vilander, and Mika Salo, will be onhand in Sebring to sit behind the wheel of the Michelotto-developed Ferrari 458 GTC. Only four examples of the Ferrari will be in attendance when the 12 Hours of Sebring kicks off on March 19, 2011.
Hit the jump to check out what the drivers have to say about the Ferrari 458 GTC by RISI Competizione.