Passione Ferrari Club Challenge is the official program of events dedicated to car owners who wish to immerse themselves in the exhilarating World of Ferrari with exclusive driving opportunities. It is a special driving programme inspired by the Ferrari Challenge Series and is dedicated to Ferrari Challenge car owners who want to enjoy the thrill of circuit driving or wish to develop their skills and experience to eventually become involved in racing.
Designed for the spirited Ferrari driver, the 2020 Passione Ferrari Club Challenge Australasia offers its members the opportunity to enjoy 5 of the best circuits in the region, living the thrill of the Ferrari 458 Challenge or 488 Challenge first hand in their own car. This platform has been created by Ferrari for brand enthusiasts who love adrenaline pumping activities, as they get to indulge in the Challenge experience and make their first step in this competitive automotive world.
The Passione Ferrari Club Challenge is a members only experience, reserved for up to 20 Ferrari pilots. There are a total of five official Ferrari track days where Club Members take their very own 458 Challenge or 488 Challenge vehicles onto the circuit and learn the finer skills of racing in a safe and nurturing Ferrari way where you challenge yourself and race against the clock, rather than other competitors. Ferrari instructors will train each club member at their own pace, including 6 hours of track time per event, gradually improving their skills to a point where one may wish to participate in the Ferrari Challenge Asia Pacific, Europe or US.
Members will have access to the very best hospitality trackside that can also be enjoyed by members’ friends and family. Each member will receive their official Ferrari personalised race suit, boots, gloves, helmet, fireproof underwear and HANS device.
Iconic racing circuits include Sydney Motor Sport Park, Melbourne’s Philip Island Grand Prix Circuit, The Bend Motorsport Park Adelaide, Barbagallo Raceway Perth and Hampton Downs Motor Sport Park in New Zealand.
Maintenance and preparation of Club Member’s race vehicles will be managed by their respective official Ferrari dealership prior, during and after each track event. The club membership and season pass includes all track time (6 hours), tuition, hospitality, light technical support on the day and your Ferrari official customised Club Challenge race equipment however excludes transportation which can be arranged on behalf of each Club Member.
Eligible vehicles to participate will be only the Ferrari 488 Challenge and 458 Challenge upon a safety inspection from the official dealer network. With the support of the official dealer network, preowned Challenge cars can be sourced along with clients requests for new Ferrari 488 Challenge vehicles.
Ferrari Passione Club Challenge Membership costs $7,500 + GST and the five race 2020 package will set you back $60,000 + GST. A lot of cash yes, but just have a look at what it includes!
At each event you and your guest will receive:
- Membership of this exclusive Club
- Access to the paddock
- Free laps for the entire day (up to six hours)
- Tutoring session with a professional Ferrari instructor
- Driving analysis with a Ferrari instructor and engineer
- An elegant and comfortable Ferrari Club Challenge hospitality lounge
- Open bar and lunch managed by an exclusive Italian caterer
- Ferrari Club Challenge customised race equipment inclusive of personalized race suit, boots, gloves, helmet, fireproof underwear and HANS device
- Concierge service on site
Please note that personal travel, car logistics, parts and technical support are not included within the membership and season package.
Ferrari Passione Club Challenge Dates
Round 1: Sydney Motorsport Park, Sydney, 29th April 2020
Sydney Motorsport Park (known until May 2012 as Eastern Creek International Raceway) is a 4.5km motorsport circuit located at Eastern creek (40-kilometres west of the Sydney CBD), New South Wales, Australia, adjacent to the Western Sydney International Dragway. It was built and is owned by the New South Wales Government and is operated by the Australian Racing Drivers Club. The circuit is the only permanent track in Australia with an FIA Grade 2 International license and is licensed for both cars and motorcycles.
Round 2: The Bend Motorsport Park, Adelaide, 24th June 2020
The Bend, as it is affectionately known, is 7.7km long and is the 2nd longest permanent circuit in the world, 2nd only to the Nurgburgring. The Bend combines technical corners, fast flowing sections and an aggregate rise and fall of 85 metres to ensure exciting racing and an enjoyable drive. The track design is unique in offering eight circuit configurations constructed with all forms of motorsport in mind.
Round 3: Barbagallo Raceway, Perth, 9th September 2020
The Barbagallo Raceway is a 2.4km motorsport circuit located in Neerabup, approximately 50 kilometres north of Perth in Western Australia. The circuit was originally known as Wanneroo Park and the first race meet took place in March 1969. Initially the major race per year was a 6-hour Le Mans style race for sedans and sports cars known as the Six Hour Le Mans. However, as interest dulled in that event, production car racing took over as the major race type.
Round 4: Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, Melbourne, 30th October 2020
Motor racing on Phillip Island began in 1928 with the running of the 100 Miles Road Race, an event which has since become known as the first Australian Grand Prix. The circuit was refurbished with a reduced length of 4.445 kilometres and was reopened on 4 December 1988. Regarded as the premiere race circuit in Australia, Phillip Island is a bucket list location for any Ferrari racer.
Round 5: Hampton Downs Motorsport Park, New Zealand, 3rd December 2020
Hampton Downs Motorsport Park is a 3.8km international motorsport circuit located in Waikato, approximately halfway between Auckland and Hamilton in New Zealand. Recent renovations of the facilities and circuit, have made Hampton Downs an exciting option for NZ National Touring Car championship as well as rounds of the Australian GT Championship, and Ferrari Challenge Asia-Pacific in 2018 (Round 2).
Photographs by Ferrari Australasia.