Ferrari 360 Challenge Stradale LHD
- Mileage: 15,396
- Year: 2004
- MOT Expiry: 12 Months
- Exterior Colour: Rosso Scuderia
- Interior Colour: Rosso / Nero Alcantara
- Top speed: 186
- 0-60mph: 4.0
- BHP: 419
- Transmission: 6-Speed F1
- Engine Capacity: 3586cc
- Engine Configuration: V8
The Ferrari 360 was produced from 1999 to 2005. It succeeded the F355 and was replaced by the Ferrari F430. It utilised an entirely new all-aluminium space-frame chassis that was 40% stiffer than the F355, which used steel. The design was 28% lighter despite a 10% increase in overall dimensions. Along with a lightweight frame the new Pininfarina body styling deviated from traditions of the previous decade's sharp angles and pop-up headlights. The new V8 engine, common to all versions, had a 3.6-litre capacity, flat plane crankshaft, titanium connecting rods, and generated 400hp. Despite what looked like modest gains on paper, in reality the power-to-weight ratio was significantly improved over the F355 as a result of it being a lighter car with more power. The 0-60 acceleration performance improved from 4.6 to 4.3 seconds, and was down to 4.0 seconds for the Challenge Stradale.
The Challenge Stradale was the highest performance road-legal version of the 360 produced by the factory, featuring carbon-ceramic brakes (from the Enzo), track-tuned suspension, aerodynamic gains, weight reduction, power improvements, and revised gearbox software. It was inspired by the 360 Modena Challenge racing car series and so the focus was primarily on improving its track-lapping performance credentials by concentrating on handling, braking, and weight reduction. Ferrari engineers designed the car from the outset with a goal of 20% track day use and 80% road use in mind. Throttle response from the digital throttle was ratcheted up and feedback through the steering wheel was enhanced.
In total, the Challenge Stradale was up to 110kg lighter than the standard 360 Modena if all the lightweight options – radio delete, plexiglass door windows, and Alcantara fabric seats – were specified. As much as 74kg was taken from the car by lightening the bumpers, stripping the interior of its sound deadening, changing to carbon fibre door mirrors, and making the optional Modena carbon fibre seats standard. The engine and transmission weight was slimmed down 11kg through the use of a smaller, lighter weight sports exhaust back box and valved exit pipes. The Challenge Stradale also received Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes as standard, which shaved a further 16kg off the curb weight and improved handling by reducing unsprung weight and completely eliminating brake fade.
A grand total of just 1,288 Challenge Stradales were produced, which makes them even rarer than the legendary F40.
Tricolore racing stripe, Road-legal aluminium roll bar, Four-point safety harnesses, Rosso/Nero Alcantara upholstery, Lower dash in Rosso, Upper dash in Nero with Rosso stitching, Steering wheel trimmed in Rosso/Nero leather, Rear wall in Nero Alcantara with Rosso stiching, Brake calipers in Rosso, Wheel centre badges in Giallo, Electric windows, Electrically adjustable door mirrors, Digital clock, Carbon Composite Material (CCM) brake discs, Carbon fibre door mirrors, Carbon fibre Sports seats, Carbon fibre instrument cluster, Carbon fibre centre console with start button, Carbon fibre door panels, OMP driver footrest, Passenger footrest, Immobiliser, Alarm, Tailored carpet mats.
This rare Challenge Stradale presents impeccably in glistening Rosso Scuderia. The paintwork remains to an exceptionally high standard all round and boasts the hand-painted tricolor stripe option, really finishing the car of nicely. There are no unsightly blemishes or scrapes to report, even on close inspection, with almost no chips to the front bumper or bonnet. The headlight lenses are still pleasingly clear and the rear plexiglass window is also without any marking or discolouration.
The CS is equipped with carbon fibre sports seats and these ones are upholstered in two-tone Rosso and Nero Alcantara. The dash is trimmed to match, with a red lower section and black upper panel with contrasting red stitching. This striking colour palette also extends to the leather steering wheel and paneling behind the seats.
Once inside the Challenge Stradale you’ll notice the extensive use of weight-saving carbon fibre. The door cards, centre console and instrument cluster are all still glossy and scratch-free with no fading or damage to the lacquer. A common issue with Ferraris of this vintage is the buttons developing a sticky texture, but fortunately the switchgear here is still nice and fresh.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
Visible through the lightweight Lexan rear screen, the 3.6-litre V8 is a real for the enthusiast. Neatly enclosed in the space-frame aluminium chassis, dressed in red and surrounded by carbon fibre, the naturally-aspirated powerplant presents very well indeed. Most recently the engine has been fully serviced and had the cambelt replaced; this work was carried out at renowned marque specialist Rardley Motors Ltd.
The Stradale’s F1-style transmission executes gear changes in just 150 milliseconds, which is 40 percent quicker than a standard 360 Modena. This example is in fine mechanical fettle having had the clutch replaced in 2018.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
The gleaming 19-inch BBS Challenge alloys are in exquisite condition with absolutely no curb marking or age-related wear to report. They are finished with yellow centre caps and are shod in a matching set of Yokohama Advan Sport tyres, each with plenty of tread remaining. Braking power comes from race-ready 15-inch carbon-ceramic discs, clamped by six-piston Brembo calipers in vibrant red.
The 360 was first registered in October 2004. The car is accompanied by the original leather Ferrari document pack and Challenge Stradale manuals; the Ferrari torch is also present. The History File is complete with a great maintenance record despite the car’s low mileage of just 15k miles. The most recent service was done just a few miles ago and included a cambelt replacement and new clutch; the work was carried out at Ferrari specialist Rardley Motors Ltd and cost over £4,600.
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