Ferrari launched its racing version of the 458 Italia in December last year, and life was good.
The idea is that GTC racer would be sold to vetted and Ferrari-approved privateer teams, and Houston-based Risi Competizione is one race outfit given the big tick by Maranello. It’s readying the 458 GT for this weekend’s 12 Hours of Sebring race, and life is still rather good.
Risi’s 458 GT produces 465bhp - thanks to regulated air restrictors - and will be handled by long-time Ferrari drivers Jaime Melo and Toni Vilander.
Team Principal Giuseppe Risi said: “We are under no illusions that the 12 Hours of Sebring will be a severe test as the track is punishing.”
Ouch. Click through for more pics of Risi’s contender, and the factory-fresh 458 GTC…