A true modern classic – the 360 Challenge Stradale . A total of just 1,288 of these road-going race cars were produced with a number of modifications from the Modena, resulting in a dramatic performance increase.
The Stradale features a host of aero and mechanical refinements that combine to make it 3.5 seconds faster around Fiorano than an ordinary Modena. Modifications include, Carbon Ceramic brakes as standard, a 50% lighter multi axial carbon floor plan, a 25 BHP increase in power, aerodynamic tweaks allowing for up to 50% more vertical loading (including a different bumper, boot lid and sills as well as venturi ducts at the rear), carbon racing seats with 4 point harnesses, a stripped out interior with alcantara dash and carbon door cards as standard and an F1 gearbox with shift times of just 150 milliseconds to name nut a few.
The Challenge Stradale’s 90° V8 mid engine is longitudinally-mounted behind the cabin, and its red cover contrasts in striking fashion with the black of the bodywork. The engine is a work of art and provides the driver with an audible symphony of an exhaust note and the kind of performance that is unique to a race-ready car designed for road use.
This is one for the collection, 1 of only 1288 units made worldwide, the Ferrari 360CS is as exclusive than an F40. It is rare, low mileage, exceptionally well preserved and should be part of any Ferrari collection!
BACKGROUND AND HISTORY:
Around the turn of the millennium, Ferrari created the replacement of the 355; the 360 Modena. A few years later, a road-going version of the racing 360 Challenge was produced. The result was a lighter, more powerful and more back-to-basics version of the already exciting 360 Modena: the 360 Challenge Stradale.
The Challenge Stradale was the first of its kind within the range of lightweights Ferrari have produced. Unlike the V8 Challenge cars which were designed for racing or track use unless specified otherwise, the Stradale was the first lightweight V8 with both road and track capability, hence the name meaning 'Challenge Street'. Inspired by the 360 Challenge race car, the Stradale was primarliy focused on improved handling, braking and of course weight reduction, characteristics which are essential in race cars.
Systematic improvements were achieved to the setup and feel of the whole car; throttle response from the digital throttle was ratcheted up and feedback through the steering wheel was enhanced. Carbon Ceramic brakes borrowed from the Enzo, some lower weight parts and a FHP handling pack, enabled the Challenge Stradale to claim a 3.5 second improvement per lap of its Fiorano circuit compared to the Modena.
In total, the Challenge Stradale is up to 110 kg (243 lb) lighter than the standard Modena if all the lightweight options are specified such as deleted radio, lexan (plexiglass) door windows and Alcantara fabric (instead of the leather option). As much as 74 kilograms (207 lb) was taken off on the car by lightening the bumpers, stripping the interior of its sound deadening and carbon mirrors and making the optional Modena carbon seats standard. Resin Transfer Moulding was utilized for the bumpers and skirts, a carry-over from the Challenge cars which resulted in lighter bumpers than on the Modena. The engine and transmission weight was slimmed down 11 kg (24 lb) through the use of a smaller, lighter weight sports exhaust back box and valved exit pipes. The Challenge Stradale also got Brembo carbon ceramic brakes as standard which shaved 16 kg off the curb weight and improved handling by reducing unsprung weight and completely eliminating brake fade. Cars fitted with the centre console stereo option, sub speaker box behind the seats and glass side windows re-gained approximately 30 kg over the best selected options.
An unrepeatable example of one of the most highly coveted modern era Ferraris.
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