2011 Ferrari 458 GT3
Documents: Bill of Sale
- Original development car for both GT3 and GTD (IMSA) versions of the 458 Italia
- Currently conforming to 458 GTD specification
- Fitted with Endurance option, including uprated electrical, braking and fuel systems
- Actual car used for GT3 ‘Balance of Performance’ testing
- Test car used for development of GT tyres by Pirelli
Introduced as a relatively low-tech response to rising costs and speeds in GT racing, the GT3 category was aimed at sub-hypercar class cars such as the Porsche 911, Aston Martin DBRS9, BMW Z4 and Ferrari 458. All were subject to so called ‘Balance of Performance’ testing by an independent driver at the start of each season, to ensure that no one car had any noticeable technical, power or weight advantage over the others. Effectively, this was a form of modern day handicapping – with the intention of promoting close racing.
This particular chassis, 3204, was used for the development of both the GT3 and the broadly similar U.S.-specific GTD class 458 Italias, and first ran at Bruntingthorpe in the UK in March 2013. Currently conforming to the latter specification – with cockpit adjustable rollbars and quick fill refuelling system – the car also features endurance-specification lighting and braking systems. Significantly, it was also used for GT3 Balance of Performance testing at Paul Ricard, Monza and at Michelin’s Ladoux test track, prior to being used by Pirelli for the development of race-specification GT tyres. Indeed, the car’s last recorded outing was in July 2015 at Paul Ricard for an official Pirelli test.
Having covered just over 22,000 km from new, and with over 5,000 km of engine life remaining, 3204 represents a remarkably practical and affordable entry into contemporary competition GT car ownership. That this chassis played a prominent role in the development and evolution of one of the GT3 category’s most successful and charismatic cars also renders it a highly significant competition Ferrari.
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