Based on the 360 Modena the Challenge Stradale was a limited production track day focused car that was used to homologate improvements to their GTC race car.
Focus at Ferrari was to improve the Modena’s track lapping performance and took inspiration from the then current 360 Challenge race car by concentrating on handling, braking, weight reduction and aerodynamics essentials for any out and out racing car.
Weighing in at just 20Kg more than the challenge race car and a huge 110Kg less than a standard Modena this resulted in a dramatic performance increase, add in ceramic brakes as standard taken directly from the Enzo, a 25bhp increase in power, aerodynamic improvements to the front bumper, side sills, rear engine lid and double rear end meant the Challenge Stradale lapped the Fiorano circuit 3.5 seconds faster than the Modena (the target for the Ferrari engineers was 2.5).
Straight line power and performance figure only differ marginally from the standard Modena (three tenth faster to 62 mph) on paper which makes it difficult to comprehend the staggering difference between the two cars and it’s only when the enthusiastic driver takes to the controls does the Challenge Stradale deliver through its feedback and responsiveness.
With a limited production run of sub 1300 cars worldwide combined with an incredible soundtrack and loyal fan following, the Challenge Stradale is an instant modern classic.
Left hand drive, factory radio and sat nav, standard seat belts, tan leather lower dash with grey Alcantara top.
This is a stunning example of the very special 360 Challenge Stradale, Presented in classic Rosso Corsa, a deep red shade that remains totally factory original. The aerodynamic Pininfarina-designed body is like new, unmarked and entirely free of blemishes, with distinctive low-slung, sweeping lines, twin rear headlights set into a punched black grill and two sets of twin exhaust pipes incorporated into the rear bumper. As in all Challenge Stradales, the bumpers and skirts are made from super-light resin, shaving weight off other 360 road models and adding to the purposeful track focused stance.
The stripped-down cockpit of the car is like new with a distinctive fresh leather smell only generally available in brand new cars. The leather of the carbon-fibre racing seats is tan and completely unmarked this is topped off by grey alcantara on the upper half of the dash, reducing the overall weight of the car and adding to a classic supercar colour scheme. The centrepiece of the carbon fibre instrument panel is a yellow tachometer, and the central console between the two seats, the location for the starting button and other controls.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
The 360 Challenge Stradale’s V8 engine, longitudinally mounted behind the cabin, emits a distinctive throaty roar on starting, before settling into a more measured and reassuring grumble as the exhaust valve take control. Its six-speed gearbox uses the advanced F1-type electro-hydraulic manual system, allowing the driver to change gear with ease in either ‘Sport’ or ‘Race’ mode by flicking the paddles mounted on either side of the steering column. Clutch wear has been measured and remains at only 2% worn.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
The immaculate 19″ BBS wheels are secured by titanium bolts and are held to the road with original Pirelli P Zero Corsa low profile tyres – having only done less than 2,000 miles, they still have plenty of tread. A carbon-ceramic disc braking system from Italian manufacturer Brembo further reduces the overall weight, so improving handling and adding to the race car-like feel of the car. Brake wear has been measured with 98% remaining.
Supplied by Ferrari main dealer SA.MO.CAR S.P.A on 15/04/04 this Stradale has been tucked up and used sparingly in Italy over the last 10 years. Serviced by the supplying main dealer on 04/04/2013, when the cambelt was also changed the car was exported soon after and registered in the UK. With just two owner from new, it is presented with the original leather owner’s pack containing all manuals, plus all three alarm fobs and two sets of keys.
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