Proud achievement for Sole Malaysian driver in 2017 Ferrari Challenge Asia Pacific

  The 2017 Ferrari Challenge Asia-Pacific ran its first round last weekend at Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina Circuit. Domestic Ferrari distributors Naza Italia took the opportunity to introduce its driver Zen Low, who’s the sole Malaysian competitor in the Ferrari challenge Asia Pac. Low, representing Naza Aylezo Team, drove the new Ferrari 488 Challenge to second and third places in the two races at the Yas Marina track.

Low will be racing for the entire 2017 season and is competing in the Trofeo Pirelli category under the race number of 69. He has an established career as one of the most well-known and successful race drivers in Asia. The Malaysian founded Aylezo Motorsport in 2009 and over the years, Low has taken part in a variety of motorsport events both locally and regionally, including competitions such as the Merdeka Millenium Endurance Race (2009 & 2010), the Gulf 12 Hours 2012, Asian Le Mans Series (2013 & 2016), Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo (2013, 2014 & 2016), GT Asia 2015, Sepang 12 Hours (2015 & 2016) and Bathurst 12 Hours 2017.

“As a longtime admirer of Ferrari, I’m incredibly excited and honoured to be racing in a Cavallino Rampante – particularly one that’s celebrated as the highest performance sports car in the brand’s history. This is a tremendous opportunity for me and I feel a great sense of pride to be representing Malaysia in such a high-profile regional race series. I appreciate the support of sponsors such as NAZA World who make it possible for me to live my passion and make an impact in the international sporting arena,” shared Zen Low.

For the 2017 season, the mighty Ferrari 488 Challenge makes its debut, taking the place of the Ferrari 458 Challenge. As the first model in this race series equipped with a turbo engine, the Ferrari 488 Challenge is the most powerful car in the history of one-make series. Derived from the 488 GTB, the V8 3.9-liter engine.

The Ferrari 488 Challenge features enhanced aerodynamics with adjustments made to the front radiator layout and the inclusion of new vents on the bumper for improved air-flow and drag reduction. A complete redesign of the front bonnet and front bumper increased downforce and balanced the rear load to provide a 7% improvement in efficiency compare to the 458 Challenge EVO use previously for this competition. To increase stability at high speeds, the race car takes up a bigger rear wing with an air foil similar to that used on the 2016 (WEC) World Endurance Championship-winning 488 GTE, which increases efficiency by 9% in comparison to its predecessor. The intakes on the rear flanks now take cooling air to the rear brakes, optimizing downforce, while the engine air intakes are now positioned laterally under the rear spoiler to take advantage of the high pressure generated in this area.

The Ferrari Challenge was established as a one-make series in 1993, bringing together complete track novices and drivers with prior competition experience. The series spans three regions: North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific. This year, the Ferrari Challenge uses a multi-class format; drivers are grouped under Trofeo Pirelli, Trofeo Pirelli AM, Trofeo Pirelli 458, Coppa Shell, Ladies’ Cup and Gentlemen’s Cup. Events are FIA approved, ensuring an exceptionally high standard of organization and safety for all involved.

Following on from Abu Dhabi, the 2017 Ferrari Challenge Asia-Pacific will head to Shanghai (27-29 May), Zhejiang (9 -11 June) and Fuji (7- 9 July) before making its way to Sepang (25-27 August). From there it continues to Singapore (15-17 September) and finishes off in Mugello (26-29 October) for the World Finals (Finali Mondiali).