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.
Leather bucket seats, Lower dash in Leather, Rollbar in Leather, Scuderia Shields, Becker Factory radio, Extended Alcantara sill covers, Tool kit.
Covered in a rare and sensational shade of Giallo Modena this Challenge Stradale certainly stands out from the rest. The glossy paintwork is accompanied by Scuderia shields and black calipers; a shade that compliments both the tradition and the character of such a track special.
The paintwork is excellent, swirl free with no signs of abuse. The Stradale is a model designated for the track but in this case, clearly mollycoddled throughout its minimal mileage, has generous layers of PPF which serve to maintain and protect. All of the rubber seals around the car remain fresh, soft and tear free showing little wear.
The interior on this Stradale is more than a match for the exterior with a multitude of different fabrics and materials that provide layers of definition rarely seen on other examples.
The Racing Red leather remains exclusive to the seats, lower dash and roll bar whilst contrary alcantara lines the sill covers, A-pillars, rear bulk head and speaker box. Glossy carbon fibre remains in lustrous, uniform condition throughout the door cards, centre console and seat backs.
A punched black leather steering wheel tops a multitude of materials that make this a very special Stradale indeed.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
The engine is a work of art and provides the driver with an audible symphony of exhaust note performance that is unique to a race-ready car designed for road use. Carbon fibre trim that covers the engine bay is mark free and retains its gloss finish.
The F1 transmission produces lightning-quick changes through the 6-speed gearbox, incorporating two different configurations – ‘Sport’ and ‘Race’ – with corresponding damper and traction control settings. The last clutch reading at the end of ’16 read just 9.65%.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
The car’s 19-inch Challenge wheels are in superb condition and come wrapped in Bridgestone Potenza tyres with excellent tread remaining.
The braking system itself features black calipers, aluminium brake carriers and lightweight carbon ceramic discs from Italian manufacturer Brembo; a package which delivers superb deceleration rates.
This sensational Strad was first registered in December of 2004 by Cornes of Japan. The car has enjoyed a full main dealer history, listed below in kms, with the last a visit to HR Owen for a major service inc cambelts in November of 2016;
2,151 – M. Auto Italia, Hiroshima
2,837 – M. Auto Italia, Hiroshima
3,567 – M. Auto Italia, Hiroshima
3,942 – European Version, Fukuoka
7,798 – Modena Sports Car Co Ltd
11,612 – HR Owen
The history file is chock full of service invoicing and diagnostics reports as well as the original Cornes owners wallet inclusive of warranty card. The spare key, fob and radio code are also present alongside a full book pack with torch, nav DVD and fully stamped service book.
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