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It was pretty much common sense that after the launch of the Ferrari 458 Italia, the Italian supercar manufacturer would reveal a track-ready race car version of the model, tentatively named the 458 Italia Challenge.

Now, the announcement has been made official, and a single picture of the competition-spec 458 has been revealed.

As you can see above, the 458 Italia Challenge definitely boasts every type of race equipment you can thing of. From the lightweight body kit and thinner panels to the lowered suspension by 30mm, 19-inch wheels and the Pirelli competition tires, the new model is ready to hit the track.

The Ferrari 458 Italia Challenge keeps the same 570 HP output, from its 4.5-liter V8 engine, but is also equipped with an optimized gearbox and the F1-Trac traction control system, which can change settings to accommodate for various race conditions.

The new 458 Italia Challenge is set to join the 430 Challenge model in the Ferrari Challenge Trofeo Pirelli in the 2011 season.


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The Mazda Furai Concept was unveiled today at the Detroit Auto Show. We’ve already written about this car, you can check our previous post here. Created as a celebration of Mazda’s rotary engine 40 years anniversary, Furai is Japanese for “the sound of wind” and is seen as the future on environmentally-friendly sports cars. The car is built to operate on 100% ethanol, however, Mazda and its partner, BP, are currently researching other fuel alternatives, such as ethanol/gasoline blends like E10.

Powered by the 450 hp RENESIS-based R20B three-rotor rotary engine, the Mazda Furai is based on a Courage C65 chassis and, featuring racing technologies, is able to reach over 180 mph top speed.

“The Mazda design and R&D teams worked closely with Swift Engineering to refine the aerodynamic characteristics, assuring that Furai remains glued to the ground at high speeds. Through its existing relationship with Swift Engineering, forged through development of the Mazda/Cosworth-powered Champ Car Atlantic single-seater chassis, the team used complex Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) software to tune various Nagare design elements to function at a high degree of efficiency. Drag, downforce, lift and overall aesthetics were all key considerations.”

More photos after the jump.

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At the upcoming Tokyo Auto Salon, which will debut Friday, January 11, Nissan will present their future racing car, the Nissan GT-R GT500. From the press release:

The new livery resulted from close collaboration between Nissan’s design team and NISMO, its motorsports affiliate company, and incorporates feedback from members of the “Club NISMO” fan club.

The signature wide “brush stroke” design motif, synonymous with the current Fairlady Z race car, was carried forward into the new GT-R racing car as Nissan’s racing fans worldwide could immediately associate with the design. The livery design swipes forward from the rear in bold red and black – the red symbolizes the passion for racing, while the black signifies the high performance of the new Nissan GT-R.

Further details of the GT500 Nissan GT-R including technical specifications will be announced on January 31st, as well as Nissan’s full range of global motorsports activities for the coming season.

You can also check out a video of the Nissan GT-R GT500, here.


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At the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show, Lexus will present the IS-F race car, which will enter in the American GT2 LeMans Series. Called IS 350 GT2, the Lexus race car is powered by a 470 hp V6 engine, and the first race in which it will race will be the Twelve Hours of Sebring in Sebring, Fl this March 15-18.


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