Ferrari has a great tradition in Gran Turismo competitions through official participation with its drivers, especially during the 50s and 60s, and through the engagement of numerous clients, winning with the cars from the Prancing Horse on tracks and roads all over the world.
Taking part in Gran Turismo competitions has a double function for Ferrari. On the one hand there is the goal of using racing as the environment to develop new solutions for the serial production, as it happens in Formula One; on the other hand there is the desire to nourish the legend of a brand, which became universally known also due to its clients’ successes in motor sports. Since 2006 the Corse Clienti Department provides the private teams with the 430 GT2, developed in collaboration with Michelotto Automobili, one of the most successful cars in the history of its category, proved in the winners’ list. For 2011, the F430 GTC passes the baton to the new 458 GT2, a sports car with a central-rear mounted V8 based on the 458 Italia, the fifth car to be used by Ferrari in its one-make championship. Alongside it, there is also the GT race version, this too developed in conjunction with Michelotto Automobili, for GT2 and GT3 races.