Actor Michael Fassbender, star of movies such as Steve Jobs, X-Men, Prometheus among others recently swapped the film set for the race track to compete for his first race in the one-make Ferrari Challenge series.
Fassbender, a fan of Formula One and Ferrari itself, started training with the Italian firm's Corso Pilota driving program in 2016. His first race was in the opening round of the 2017 Ferrari Challenge held at Laguna Seca this past weekend, he managed to finish sixth in class.
He drove a Ferrari 488 Challenge race car, Fassbender said that he had idolised the team and its champion Michael Schumacher ‘so now racing in the Ferrari Challenge brings that dream full circle.'
The race car used in the 2017 season of the Ferrari Challenge is the 488 Challenge. It is designed particularly for the series and is based on the road-going version 488 GTB.
The fundamental difference between the factory 3.9-litre twin-turbocharged V-8, and the race car's engine is different mapping for improved top-end performance. Also, plenty of aerodynamic bits to improve its racing genes.
Hollywood actors such as Steve McQueen and Paul Newman too tested waters in racing.
Fassbender was guided by Ferrari drivers for what is a one-make racing series formed by Ferrari for patrons who have a passion for racing.
But if he is looking to fill into Steve McQueen's shoes, it'll take some serious racing, as McQueen won the 12 Hours of Sebring with a cast on his foot.