It’s been confirmed! The final car included in the upcoming Assetto Corsa Competizione Challengers Pack DLC is the Ferrari 488 Challenge Evo.
Coming off the back of four previously announced cars – the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (992), Lamborghini Huracán Super Trofeo EVO2, Audi R8 LMS GT3 EVO II and BMW M2 CS Racing – the 488 Challenge Evo represents the first time Ferrari’s one-make series has appeared in Kunos Simulazioni’s acclaimed GT racing sim (older versions of the Porsche GT3 Cup and Lamborghini Super Trofeo are already present in-game).
The real-life Ferrari Challenge championship caters for professional and amateur racing drivers, and allows Ferrari customers to develop their driving skills in a competitive environment.
The competition features four separate championships – two for professionals and two for amateurs: Trofeo Pirelli/Trofeo Pirelli Am and Copa Shell/Copa Shell Am respectively. This means most of the grid will be involved in a championship battle, enhancing the spirit of competition for amateur drivers especially.
The Ferrari Challenge cars are hugely popular worldwide, and are currently used in the Ferrari Challenge Europe, North America, UK, and Asia-Pacific championships. Featuring a 3.9-litre twin-turbocharged engine producing 670bhp, the 488 Challenge Evo began life in 2020, superseding the original 2017 Ferrari 488 Challenge it’s based on.
All the new vehicles coming to ACC have disparate weight figures and power outputs so will likely be subject to some form of Balance of Performance (BoP) before joining the GTC class in-game – currently home to the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (991) and Lamborghini Huracán Super Trofeo only.
It’ll be interesting to see how well the performance of each car compares post-DLC, but it does at least add more variety to the oft-neglected GTC category.
The new Ferrari 488 Challenge Evo’s prospective appearance in the Ferrari Velas Esports Series 2022 will also be teased during the championship’s launch event tomorrow evening –22nd March 2100 CET/2000 GMT – on Ferrari Esports’ Twitch channel.
With no pricing details available yet, all we can say for sure is that the Challengers Pack will be released for PC on 23rd March, with a console release coming at a later, unspecified date.
Are you looking forward to the ACC Challengers Pack, and if so, which is your favourite car?