Regular readers had to know this car gets its own post. Risi Competizione reminds me of when Ferrari was a real factor in sports car racing, with models that were for sale to the general (well-heeled) public. And Risi's 458 is the prettiest car running in GT. At Road America, they qualified a disappointing 9th. In the race, they moved quickly up to 3rd. Then they had a problem (not car-related, because it was running strong at the end) that dropped them down to 10th. Sad Pilote.
Risi has prepared the fastest Ferrari in ALMS GT for the past seven years, except when they took 2012 off. The 458's engine has to be heard, live, to be believed. TV doesn't do it justice. It shrieks up and down the rev range with its 7-speed gearbox. The rev limit of the street car is 9000, so Risi spins it at least that fast. The only louder car at Road America was the Muscle Milk HPD Honda Prototype.
Yeah, I bought a tee-shirt... The guy who sold it to me used to work for the team (the "gear" store was next to the car's paddock slot). "Don't ever change the color of that car," I said. "No white or black or commercial sponsor colors. Just Italian Racing Red." He replied "Oh, Mr. Risi would never do that. He's Old School, like you. In fact he's old like you."
|On the chassis plates. The "eyebrow" intakes inside the headlights appear to provide front brake ventilation.|
|One of the drivers had an "oops" in free practice on Sunday morning before the race, and scrunched the right-front of|
the nose panel. Not everything is high-tech in ALMS GT: it was repaired with red duct tape.