Ferrari 458 Challenge @ Sydney Motorsport Park – VBox HD onboard Ringo Cheung in the wet

VBox HD onboard with Ringo Cheung in the wet Sydney Motorsport Park race circuit.

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The Sydney leg of the Ferrari Asia Pacific Challenge kept viewers on the edge of their seats at Ferrari Racing Days today. The Ferrari APAC Challenge was led by Max Blancardi from Italy in the Pirelli Pro classification who took the chequered flag in Race 2 of the Trofeo Pirelli.


The Pirelli classification of experienced drivers saw more competition, with Philippe Prette from Hong Kong taking the top spot on the podium in Race 2 with a racing time of 30:11:80, crossing the finish line just one second ahead of Steve Wyatt from Australia who took second spot while Peter White, also from Australia, took third spot.

In the Coppa Shell classification, Race 2 saw lots of exciting action as the drivers battled it out on the tracks. David Tjiptobiantoro from Indonesia won with a racing time of 30:17:18, finishing fourth overall and ahead of Paul van Loenhout from Australia and Tani Hanna from Lebanon.


Ferrari 458 Challenge Evo with VBox HD at Sepang, Malaysia

Here’s an exciting video shot from onboard the new Ferrari 458 Challenge EVO car that is being used in the Ferrari Challenge. Here you can see drive for APM Monaco tackle the demanding Sepang circuit.

The 458 Challenge EVO is fitted with an aerodynamic kit that has further enhanced performance when it comes to balance and its cornering ability, thanks mainly to the new rear wing.


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- Sensor: CMOS Global Shutter progressive

- Sensor size: 1/3″

- Sensor resolution: 1.3 Mega Pixels

- Lens: 60°

- Resolution: 1280×720

- Frame Rate: 30fps

- Dynamic Range: 61.3 db

- Cable length: 3m

- 60° lens size: 56.75mm length Ø 21mm

- Camera Mounting: Standard 1/4″ UNC Mounting thread

- Operating Temperature: -30°c to +70°c

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VBox HD Ferrari 458 Challenge Development by


Development of Ferrari 458 Challenge Asia Pacific series VBox HD, is at the final stage as we draws near to the season opener at Sepang, Malaysia.

VBox HD Motorsport, designed with Motorsport in mind, the new VBOX HD gives you crisp, high definition images supported by high quality GPS data captured at 10 times per second.

The superfast, 720p global shutter CMOS sensor totally eliminates distortion caused by vibration or fast paced action which normally arises from using a rolling shutter, whilst its tiny size camera it extremely versatile and discrete.

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高清 VBox HD 法拉利458挑战赛系統由Grid Motorsport Co. 开发

專為亚太法拉利458挑战赛系列設計的高清VBox HD发展已進入最后阶段。

高清VBox HD,使用坚固耐用的子弹头用来捕捉高清晰度,高难度动作拍摄图像,其它相机无法捕捉,更以10Hz高品质的GPS数据支持数据分析。


Grid GT Academy – Ferrari 360 GT


As our ever expanding range in the Grid Racing Academy, we welcome the new expansion into the world of GT, with the entry level of Ferrari 360 GT. We will be offering this GT spec car in out “All Star Academy”, where you will be about to drive in all the most popular types of race cars on offer all in an intensive and exciting one-day program:

- GT Class: Ferrari 360 GT

- Formula Class: Formula Renault 2.0

- Touring Class: Clio Cup Race Car

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Ferrari 360 GT


Ever since 1993, Ferrari’s V8 mid-engined berlinetta models have provided the ideal basis for a single-make racing series that has demonstrated itself the ideal springboard for many Ferrari drivers to further motor sports experience.

With the launch of the 360 Modena Challenge in 2000, the level of competitiveness of the Ferrari Challenge series took a huge step forward. Along with the F50, the 360 Modena was instrumental in pushing the boundaries of road-car production ever closer to the company’s racing roots, with uncompromising engineering and, in particular, levels of aerodynamic development previously unheard of on a series production car.

Early development work on the Challenge version of the car was extremely promising, with the 360 proving lighter, faster and sharper-handling than the outgoing F355.

Since the introduction of the 360 Modena, Ferrari has received numerous requests for factory-prepared cars for other international championships. With the help of factory backing, the JMB Competition team 360 fought off the Porsche competition to take the 2001 FIA N-GT World Championship team and drivers’ titles.

On the strength of this showing, Ferrari has decided to produce a specific model – the 360 GT – derived from the Challenge car for privateers in the FIA N-GT and A.C.O. (Automobile Club de l’Ouest) championships in 2002. Production will be strictly limited to around 30 cars over the next three years and the ex-factory price (ie. excluding tax and delivery) is 382,000 Euros for the FIA version, and 402,000 Euros for the ACO version. The two versions differ exclusively for the aerodynamic packages and, in the case of the FIA car, the adoption of the F1-style shift.


随着2000年360 Modena Challenge的推出,法拉利Challenge系列的竞争级别就更上了一层楼。360 Modena与F50一起,凭借其毫不妥协的工程特性,有力推动了公路版跑车的生产,甚至接近于法拉利公司作为立身之本的赛车生产,尤其是其在空气动力学 领域的水平,在先前所有量产车基础上达到了前所未有的飞跃。


自推出360 Modena之后,法拉利收到了许多请求,要求工厂准备赛车参加其它国际锦标赛。在工厂的支持下,JMB车队驾驶360击败保时捷(Porsche)车队,赢得2001 FIA N-GT世界锦标赛车队和车手总冠军称号。

在这场胜利之后,法拉利决定生产一款特别的车型 – 360 GT – 源自Challenge车型,供2002年FIA N-GT和A.C.O. (Automobile Club de l’Ouest) 锦标赛中的车手们驾驶参赛。产量在之后三年中严格限制为30辆,出厂价 (不包括税收和运送费用)FIA版本为382,000欧元,ACO版本为402,000欧元。两个版本的空气动力套件有所不同,FIA版本的车型采用了 F1风格的换挡。

Type rear, longitudinal 90° V8
Bore/stroke 85 x 79 mm
Unitary displacement 448.29 cc
Total displacement 3586.20 cc
Compression ratio 11:1
Maximum power 316 kW (430 hp) at 8500 rpm
Power per litre 120 hp/l
Maximum torque 377 Nm (38.5 kgm) at 5000 rpm
Valve actuation twin overhead camshafts per bank, five valves per cylinder
Fuel feed Bosch electronic injection
Ignition Bosch electronic, single spark plug per cylinder
Lubrication dry sump
Clutch single-plate
Frame aluminium spaceframe
Front suspension independent, unequal-length wishbones, coil springs over telescopic shock absorbers, anti-roll bar
Rear suspension independent, unequal-length wishbones, coil springs over telescopic shock absorbers, anti-roll bar
Brakes discs
Transmission electro-hydraulic F1 6-speed + reverse
Steering rack-and-pinion
Fuel tank capacity 100 litres
Front tyres 265/645 x 18
Rear tyres 305/680 x 18

Ferrari 458 Challenge 2014 Calendar – Are you ready?

The new season for Ferrari 458 Challenge 2014 kicks off next week in Daytona, USA. The new season welcomes the new 458 Challenge Evoluzione upgrade, with obvious aerodynamic enhancements.

The key difference is the rear wing, which has been developed using experience gained in GT racing. The increased down-force generated by the wing, balanced at the front by work carried out to the splitter and the under-tray, is said to allow drivers to extend the limits of the car, meaning higher cornering and top speeds.

Ferrari says drivers of the 458 Challenge Evoluzione can expect improved performance, both in terms of laps times and over long distances, compared to the outgoing car. Expect a Fiorano lap time less than the 1:16.5 set by the 458 Challenge back in 2010.


On the sporting side, the most significant changes concern the format of the weekend (a qualifying session and its relative race on Saturday, a further qualifying and the second race on Sunday, an increase of more than four hours total driving time,) the introduction of a handicap system (the first three in each race will each get a grid penalty for the next race – 6 places for the winner, 4 for second and two for third – , only one driver allowed per car and a split in the Trofeo Pirelli classification between a Pro and an Am category.

The points system covers the top 10 in each category (20, 15, 12, 10, 8, 6, 4, 3, 2, 1) as well as a point for each event entered, each pole position and each fastest race lap.

The Asia Pacific series gets underway in Sepang 21-23 February with the Ferrari Racing Day, which is then repeated in Sydney on -13 April for the start of the Oceania part of the season. Shanghai (6-8 June) will host a scaled down version of Racing Days which will be repeated with an identical format from 19 to 21 September in Fuji: in between there will be a round in Inje (4-6 July) and at another Japanese venue (22-24 August.)

The Finali Mondiali, which will also feature the final rounds of all three championships, will for the first time take place outside Europe, at Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina circuit from 3 to 6 December.


SmartyCam HD with Instant HD Graphic include Porsche Ferrari, Mercedes and more


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Spy shot: 458 Challenge Evoluzione testing at Maranello

Having completed its development on track, the launch of the 458 Challenge Evoluzione is fast approaching as it will be shown to customers on 11 November at the Mugello Circuit, the day after the Ferrari Challenge Finali Mondiali. Its most striking feature is clearly the rear wing: the 458 Challenge Evoluzione makes full use of the experience gathered in GT racing, in particular on the aerodynamic front. The increased down-force generated by the wing, balanced at the front by work carried out to the splitter and the floor, allows drivers to make full use of the 458 Challenge Evoluzione’s dynamics and performance, while improving performance both in terms of laps times and over long distances.

法拉利458 Challenge Evoluzione 在馬拉內羅的賽道完成測試,它將在11月11日,也就是法拉利挑戰賽世界總決賽的第二天在穆傑羅賽道發佈.測試圖可看出其最突出的特點是明確了尾翼,汲取 GT賽車的經驗,特別是對空氣動力學的充分利用,增加機翼壓力,讓駕駛者充分利用它的動力和性能,提高圈速和耐力.


2014 New V6 Turbocharged Engine Line-Up


Full 2014 New V6 Turbocharged Engine Line-Up, as the engine deal for 2014 almost closing, provisional confirmation as follows:

Renault Engine – Red Bull, Toro Rosso, Caterham, Lotus Renault.

Mercedes Engine – Mercedes, Mclaren, Williams, Force India.

Ferrari Engine – Ferrari, Sauber, Marussia.


雷诺引擎 – 红牛,红牛二队,凯特勒姆,路特斯雷诺.

梅赛德斯引擎 – 梅赛德斯,迈凯轮,威廉姆斯,印度力量.

法拉利引擎 – 法拉利,索伯, 玛鲁西亚。

Great battles in Circuit Hero One – Pan Delta Spring 2013

[Video] Great battles in Circuit Hero One

After the excitement and drama of ZIC Superbike Race, another popular race is ready to be staged. The Circuit Hero One race.

Pan Delta Circuit Hero Spring 2013

Pan Delta Circuit Hero Spring 2013

Unlike the original Circuit Hero which featured Honda Fits and Suzuki Swifts, Circuit Hero One now receives entries from more high-end sports cars. With years of development, a lot of racing teams have come into being and it has been getting increasingly difficult to accommodate all the entries. Some drivers also prefer to race against stronger opposition, therefore the race organizers have created Circuit Hero One for the more powerful and more highly tuned entries.

Actually all one has to do is look at the cars that have been entered, such as Mercedes C63, BMW M3 and Ferrari F360. Cars that can break into 1:50s, an indicator of good speed at ZIC, are certainly not few. With 24 cars removed to form Circuit Hero One, Circuit Hero Two still enjoys a very healthy 42 entries.

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Video VBox In-car

Video VBox In-car

From Saturday morning’s qualifying results, Mario Ferraris’ Mercedes C63 is on pole position. William O’Brien, in his Caterham, lines up second.

As the track has just cleaned up the oil from the previous race, there is a lot of sawdust around the track and they get blown into the air as race cars drive past.

Pan Delta Circuit Hero Spring 2013

Pan Delta Circuit Hero Spring 2013

The race begins after the warm-up lap. Mario Ferraris makes a bad getaway and is swallowed by the field. But he has a powerful motor under his right foot. Just a matter of 2 corners later, he uses it to its full potential and claims his rightful place, at the very front. William O’Brien, who sprinted to the lead, is now second. No. 10 Li Qing-Xin is third. By the end of lap 1, the Mercedes C63 has opened up a huge gap of 7 seconds.

In the second group, the Ferrari F360 of Byron Tong and the BMW M3 of Zhu Xiao-Dong are running nose to tail. Both have kept their fight very clean. Meanwhile the pink coloured Merc C63 continues to motor away, on lap 4 his lead is as long as the main straight is, over O’Brien’s Caterham.

Pan Delta Circuit Hero Spring 2013

Pan Delta Circuit Hero Spring 2013

The BMW M3 finally finds a way past the Ferrari at turn 1. Zhu Xiao-Dong cuts into the inside line but Byron Tong manages to defend his line. But at turn 4, Zhu Xiao-Dong tries again and Byron defends over anxiously and allows the M3 to pass around the outside. A lap later, maybe eager to fight back, Byron makes a mistake and spins off into the sand trap, thus retiring from the race.

Liu Jiang then tries to catch Li Qing-Xin in front of him. Li’s Ariel Atom is a lightweight sportscar, its philosophy is vastly different from the M3. Li Qing-Xin is a skilled driver, although under pressure, he defends very well and stays on his racing line. At this time Mario Ferraris’ lead is over 41 seconds. His fastest lap of 1:44s is way quicker than everyone else, who can only manage about 1:50s.

On the last lap, Mario Ferraris’s Mercedes C63 wins by a massive 55 seconds. His fastest lap is an astonishing 1:44.179s. William O’Brien is second in his Caterham. Li Qing-Xin finishes third while Zhu Xiao-Dong is fourth.


SMD GT Trackday: Roar through the Summer Heat

SMD GT Trackday: Roar through the Summer Heat

24-26th August, SMD Club HK membersroar up to Zhuhai to enjoy a fantastic weekend of exoticsuper car and speed at Zhuhai International Circuit, China. With more than 40 cars enrolled for the track day including; Mclaren MP4-12CFerrari 458 Italia, 430 GT3, Lamborghini Gallardo,Porsche 991 and Cayman etc.

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SMD Club Member David and a Dedicated Ferrari Fan:

David is the third time coming to Zhuhai International Circuit, always had his target of supercar ownership since being a university graduate. 2008 his aspirations came true, spent about 2 million to buy his first Porsche 911, in just a few years has owned eight super cars. This time he was driving his red Ferrari 458 Italia. “I still favor Ferrari, for me it must be red, this is classic” said David. As long as their is a new Ferrari, even if there is no commissioning date, loyal fans will first put down deposit down payment, David is one of them.

David is a private practitioner, works hard through the week, and don’t get many chance to leave Hong Kong, so he particularly cherish every opportunity to attend motorsport activities “Love that sense of speed and excitement.” See him 100% focused, you’d know the race circuit is a paradise where can forget all the troubles.

SMD Club Member Vincent Challenging the Circuit:

When he was 16 years old, Vincent who studied in Sydney, Australia used his cars as “transport”, until he was 20, where he was brought to the track with his friends, then just fell in love. Since returning to Hong Kong 2 years ago, got connected with like minded, and went to Morning Drive every week. Also an enthusiiastic track day participant. “The main difference between Track dayand morning drive is you’re much safer on a race track, you can push hard and find the limit which also helps with with driving on the road, making the right moves and knowing what to do, right.” said Vincent.

Apart from his super car, Vincent also own a race prepared track car. With full roll cage, 2 bucket seats, and totally stripped out for minimum weight. This car demand more advance driving skills, from braking, steering, throttle, all had to be calculated, it’s very challenging.

SMD Club Member Jacky and a Young Professional:

One of the youngest participant Jacky is a huge car fan like his father. He used to sit beside his father when he was young and really enjoy the speed and excitement. Jacky went to US and got his license when he was 15. Studied mechanical engineering, during vocations, he would join the local races and climb into professional ranks. Jacky started to handle more matters from his father, so had to put aside this interest for the moment. So joining these motorsport event and track day is a great way to fulfill his passion.

SMD Club HK members 8月24-26日在珠海國際賽車場享受一個美妙的週末,和速度。40多輛超級跑車,其中包括:邁凱輪MP4-12C,法拉利458 Italia,430 GT3,蘭博基尼 Gallardo,保時捷991等


在賽道上,掌握加、減速及入彎的角度最考技術,正合追求征服感的男人。大直路極速加速是超跑的強項,每過完一個大彎,車手都會趁機將車的極限速度施展出 來,原裝超跑最快時速逾230公里,相等於飛機起飛時在跑道上行駛的速度。那種快感連作為乘客的我也一試上癮,何況是一手操作的車手。在車裏我看到車主們 駕馭一頭野獸時的專注,在車外我又看到他們每完成一圈時展露的滿意笑容,就好像體操場上的運動員做出完美動作後的自信,我知,這就是男士一直追求的浪漫。

忠實法拉利迷 David Ip

已是第三次到珠海賽車的葉盛輝醫生(David),大學時駕駛爸爸送贈的日本車上學已立下目標──要擁有屬於自己的Supercar。2008年願望成 真,一擲近200萬買入人生第一部Porsche911,短短幾年間先後擁有過八部跑車。當日他駕着紅色法拉利458 Italia,「最喜愛的始終是法拉利,一定是買紅色,這才夠經典。」只要法拉利有新車的消息一出,即使未知投產日期,忠實車迷就會先行放下30萬定金預 訂,葉醫生就是其中一分子。
私人執業的葉醫生,一星期工作六天半,替病人做完大手術後又不能隨意離開香港,所以特別珍惜每次出席賽車活動的機會, 「就是喜歡那種刺激和速度感」。看他駕車時百分百專注,就知道賽車場是個能讓他完全忘掉煩惱的樂土。

挑戰「場車」高難度 Vincent Lam

16歲到澳洲悉尼升學的Vincent一直只把車當交通工具,直至20歲,認識一班參與賽車運動的好友,把他帶「落場」,一試成癮。兩年前舉家回流香港, 經朋友介紹才發現香港也有一班同好,幾乎每星期必到Morning Drive,更成為Track Day「鐵腳」。「Track Day與Morning Drive最大的分別是在賽車場比公路安全,你可以將車的極限逼出來,試過極限有助以後在公路駕駛,若出現問題都懂得反應及救車。」
除了在賽車場 駕駛他的超跑,Vincent更專誠買一輛最原始、最機械化的「場車」。車內只有防滾架、兩個座位,每個組件以電線簡單連接,務求將車的重量降到最低,增 加速度。對駕駛技術的要求極高。加速、收油、扭軚,都必先計算好,是一項極具挑戰性的訓練。

年輕專業車手 Jacky Sin

最年輕的參加者Jacky與爸爸一樣是個超級跑車迷。自小坐在爸爸旁,看着他「逢車過車」非常有型,15歲時選擇到美國留學,都是因為當地15歲半便可報 考車牌。大學選科也只選與汽車有關的機械工程,沒有課堂的時候,就參與當地的賽車,儲分成為職業車手。今年初接手爸爸的公司,令他不得不放下多年興趣,惟 有靠參加車會舉辦的活動止一止賽車癮。