A new year, a new challenge. Welcoming 2017 with open arms, Team NAZA Aylezo is ready to tackle a whole new hurdle this year as they announce their participation into the 2017 Ferrari Challenge Asia-Pacific.
Aside from being Team NAZA Aylezo’s first time racing in a Prancing Horse, 2017 will also be a special year for Ferrari as they will be debuting the all-new 488 Challenge race car which replaces the 458 Challenge’s place in the race series. Filling the driver seat for Team NAZA Aylezo will be Zen Low from Malaysia.
Created in 1993, the Ferrari Challenge series has gained great popularity since and now sees competition on three continents (United States, Asia-Pacific and Europe). This one-make race series by the Italian marquee uses a three-class format in which distinguishes the drivers into three groups: Trofeo Pirelli, Trofeo Pirelli AM and Coppa Shell.
The debut of the 488 Challenge this year is a special occasion as it will be the race series’ first-ever turbocharged race car. Drivers will have 660-horsepower in their disposal from the twin-turbocharged 3.9-liter V8 engine and an extensive aero setup to slice through air with ease. The new 488 Challenge is undoubtedly faster than its predecessor as it had lapped the Fiorano test track a full second faster than the 458 Challenge Evoluzione.
The 2017 Ferrari Challenge Asia-Pacific will kick off in Abu Dhabi (6-8 April), followed by Shanghai (27-29 May) and Zhejiang (9-11 June). Stopping by Fuji (7-9 July) for the fourth round, the race series then heads over to Sepang (25-27 August) for the fifth round before making its final Asia-Pacific stop in Singapore (15-17 September). The series then heads on to Mugello, Italy, for the annual Finali Mondiali (World Finals).
Team NAZA Aylezo would like to take this opportunity to extend their greatest appreciation to everyone who had helped in making this journey possible, especially RJJ, Naza World, FX United, Rudy Project, and Lifestyle Chiropractic LLP.