Ferrari 360 Challenge Stradale
- Mileage: 15,900
- Year: 2004
- MOT Expiry: February 2021
- Exterior Colour: Rosso Corsa with painted stripe
- Interior Colour: Nero Leather
- Top speed: 186
- 0-60mph: 4.4
- BHP: 419
- Transmission: 6-Speed F1 Paddleshift
- 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.
Rosso Corsa with painted tricolore stripe, Nero leather upholstery, 19-inch BBS Challenge alloy wheels, Electric windows, Electrically-adjustable door mirrors, Scuderia shields, Brake calipers in Rosso, Brembo carbon ceramic brakes, Carbon fibre engine compartment, Carbon fibre door mirrors, Carbon fibre bucket seats, Carbon fibre centre console, Push start button, Carbon fibre instrument cluster, Digital clock, Alarm, Battery cut-off, Ferrari tyre puncture repair kit.
This gleaming 15k mile Challenge Stradale is presented in timeless Rosso Corsa with the distinctive tricolore racing stripe painted beneath the lacquer. The lustrous paintwork appears wonderfully fresh and is in exquisite condition throughout, with no almost imperfections to report. Better still, all carbon fibre trim retains a factory gloss appearance and is free from any marking or lacquer damage.
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The lightweight carbon bucket seats are upholstered in supple Nero leather. They both present extremely well with little or no wear to be found, even to the deep bolsters. The steering wheel is also trimmed in Nero leather and retains a perfect factory texture. Elsewhere, you’ll find unmarked carbon fibre adorning the centre console, instrument cluster, and door panels. A common complaint with Ferraris of this generation can be sticky-feeling switchgear, but in this example every button retains a clean and fresh finish.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
Immediately visible beneath the lightweight Lexan rear screen, the Challenege Stradale’s 3.6-litre V8 is neatly housed in the space-frame aluminium chassis. The engine compartment is in excellent order throughout, with the carbon side panels and airbox covers appearing pristine. The engine itself is in excellent mechanical fettle having only just been serviced and checked over by Lancaster Ferrari.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
The 19-inch BBS Challenge wheels are in perfect condition with no wear or curb marking to note. They are finished with immaculate yellow Ferrari centre badges, and shod are in high quality tyres front and rear. Stopping power is provided by six-pot Brembo calipers with vast carbon ceramic discs – all showing plenty of life left.
The History File is complete with the original leather Ferrari document holder, all owners’ manuals, a fully stamped service booklet, and numerous invoices. Having just been serviced by Lancaster Ferrari at the current mileage, this magnificent example is ready to be driven and enjoyed by its new keeper.
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