The F430GT was designed to compete in GT2 racing. It was replaced by the Ferrari 458 GTE in 2011.
Being the racing variant to the F430, the GT model is based on a stripped mid-engine, rear-wheel drive platform. In order to meet racing regulations by the FIA, the F430GT is powered by a de-stroked engine variant of the production model by going from 4.3 to 4 litre.
The F430GT appears as the 2006 model in Forza Motorsport 2, with each newer game title featuring the older models along with newer variants. The 2008 #71 Tafel Racing F430GT does not appear in Forza Motorsport 4.
2006 Ferrari #62 Risi Competizione F430GT
2008 Ferrari #71 Tafel Racing F430GT (Forza Motorsport 3 only)
2008 Ferrari #90 Farnbacher Racing F430GT
2010 Ferrari #83 Risi Competizione F430GT
2010 Ferrari #89 Hankook Team Farnbacher F430GT
#62 Risi Competizione F430GT:
The Ferrari F430GT is truly an impressive machine, both in design and performance. The chassis is based on the road going Ferrari F430, the bodywork closely resembles the original Pininfarina design, however the engine is a completely new specification, developed exclusively for endurance racing. The F430GT is part of Ferrari's Corse Clienti Grand Touring program, which oversees customer (privateer) racing efforts at Ferrari. Corse Clienti F430GT teams have competed and won in both the ALMS and FIA GT Championships. Risi Competizione has been running the F430GT in ALMS since the beginning of the 2006 season, and simply put, they have dominated. With drivers Mika Salo and Jamie Melo behind the wheel, the #62 Risi Competizione F430GT collected four victories and won the 2006 ALMS GT2 Championship. The domination has continued this season where the Forza Motorsport 2-sponsored #62 Risi Competizione F430GT has been unbeatable, taking class victories at Sebring, St. Petersburg and Long Beach. With the backing of Ferrari's Corse Clienti, great driving from Salo and Melo, the future certainly looks bright for the Risi Competizione F430GT.
Risi Competizione, already a highly successful ALMS team, has had great luck with their Ferraris, whether it was the 333SP, 360GT or this F430GT. The F430GT wears its endurance racing gear and livery well, fitting the car’s aggressive beauty. Starting with a road-going car, Ferrari and Michelotti collaborate to strip the car down for long-distance racing in several classes (this one being prepared specifically for ALMS and Le Mans GT2 racing), retaining the car’s aluminum chassis but replacing the body with a lightweight composite unit created out of several materials, including carbon fiber and Kevlar. A de-bored V8 breathes through restrictor plates for race duty, but it is also based on the production unit. The #83 car wears the livery of Risi partner Krohn Racing, a combination of electric green and deep blue that is impossible to miss.
#89 Hankook Team Farnbacher F430GT:
The #89 Ferrari F430GT is run by the German-based Team Farnbacher, whose LMS exploits date back to 2004. Since 2009 Team Farnbacher has utilized Ferraris, and the F430GT wearing the orange and white over black Hankook livery is the latest to challenge all comers in the LMS GT2 class. This car, #89, secured second place in class (and finishing behind a Corvette to beat other competing GT2 Ferraris) in the grueling 2010 24 Hours of Le Mans, an impressive achievement for any car and a first for a team sponsored by a Korean company. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that Hankook Team Farnbacher started out with one of the most competent out-of-the-box GT2 racers out there, sporting Ferrari’s excellent race-prepped 4-liter V8 and with the benefit of continual development stretching back to the earlier 360 GT2 cars. While the engine is de-stroked compared to the road-going F430 in order to meet class restrictions, the power-to-weight ratio is maintained through the use of advance composite body materials and the F430’s stock but very lightweight aluminum chassis. Formidable on paper and a proven success on the track, this Ferrari is not to be trifled with.Forzamotorsport.net