Abu Dhabi, 19 March 2017 – Ferrari today announces the dates of the UAE leg of the Ferrari Challenge, taking place on the iconic Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, 6-8 April 2017. This milestone event represents the overall debut of the 25th anniversary of the high-octane international one-make series which is split between Europe, North America and Asia-Pacific (APAC). Abu Dhabi comes as the opening leg of the APAC series, followed by Shanghai, 27-29 May.
The Ferrari Challenge is open to Ferrari drivers from all over the world, who are divided into three classes; the Trofeo Pirelli and the Pirelli AM and the Coppa Shell, split according to their experience and driving level. The participants seen in action will race in the latest 488 Challenge vehicle, which is the first turbo engine for the one-make series and the most powerful model to date, powered by the 670 cv 3.9-litre V8 derived from the series production engine that took the overall 2016 International Engine of the Year Award. There are also some drivers competing in a special class reserved to the 458 Challenge EVO, the car used in all three series from 2014.
The 488 Challenge is the seventh car used in the one-make series after the 348 TB/TS used between (1993-1996); the F355 Challenge (1995-2001); the 360 Challenge (2000-2006); the F430 Challenge (2006-2011); the 458 Challenge (2011-2013); and the 458 Challenge EVO (2014-2017).
Since the announcement of the racing series in 1992, there have already been over 1,000 races, with over 1,000 drivers taking part in up to three series organised on three continents. Over the years, the Ferrari Challenge has proved to be an ideal platform for drivers looking to compete in international GT and prototype championships, and an impressive number have gone on to win in Grand-Am, IMSA, the FIA World Endurance Championship and even the 24 Hours of Le Mans.