The Ferrari Corse Clienti Program is one of the most exclusive offered by any major automaker. It offers Ferrari fans an opportunity to own and driver Ferrari race cars on casual track days or in competition that rivals environments seen in professional racing.
Not only do individuals buy an “ex-racecar” or souped-up track-only Ferrari, but owners pay for the auto company’s experts to provide crew support, maintenance, and transportation to race tracks. The program has three categories which include the Clienti F1, Challenge Series, and the XX Program.
Ferrari’s Corse Clienti F1 Program was established in 2003. From its outset, Clienti F1 allowed deep-pocketed Formula One fans to purchase retired Ferrari Formula One cars. The price to acquire one of these decommissioned racers starts in the millions and increases based on the racing history of the car.
Owners can keep their Ferrari Formula One cars in their garages or choose to keep their cars at Maranello where Ferrari technicians can help with maintenance.
The Ferrari Challenge series was created in 1993. The Challenge series featured the Ferrari 348 sportscar for the first 14 years of its existence. It gave owners of the Ferrari 348 the opportunity to drive their sports cars in a race environment. The popularity of the Challenge series grew, and in 2011 there were five championships held around the world. Currently, there are only three with North American, European and Asian championships series held. Each year, the best drivers from each series are brought together for the World Finals.
In 2007, the Ferrari 348 was retired as the Challenge series’ car of choice. From 2007 to 2010, the competition used the Ferarri F430 before adopting the 458 Challenge in 2011. The Ferrari 458 Evoluzione followed in 2014 and was replaced by the all-new 488 Challenge in 2017.
Like the other Corse Clienti Programs, it isn’t cheap to participate in the Challenge series. It can cost around $20,000 to covers the expenses for just one race weekend.
One of the most amazing aspects of the Challenge series and other Corse Clienti Programs is the world-famous racetracks teams get to use. Japan’s Fuji Speedway, Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya and other major racetracks around the world play host to Ferrari Challenge races.