Ferrari 360 Challange Stradale
dates : 5th December 2004
9th December 2004
two cars featured today are not just Ferraris. These are
competition versions of the production versions and
highly prized examples at that.
The Ferrari 360 Challenge Stradale is one of a long line
of racers for the road built by Ferrari. As the factory
says, only features that were absolutely essential to
the performance and safety of the car were built in, the
rest were left out.
use is made of carbon fibre, kevlar, titanium and other
lightweight materials to keep the weight to an absolute
A lot of attention was also paid to aerodynamics on the
car. The sill extensions on the side are deeper, the
nose section is also deeper, and at the rear there is an
aerodynamic diffuser to provide loads of extra
down-force at speed.
Ferrari claims a fifty per cent increase in down-force
on the Stradale over the standard model.
Carbon is also used in the engine with the filter box
covers, and the Stradale comes with a competition
exhaust system too.
The engine has been modified for track use, although it
is still tractable enough to drive to the corner café
Peak power has been raised to three-hundred-and-eighteen
kilowatts at eight-thousand-five-hundred rpm, thanks to
induction and exhaust changes.
This is one of the most powerful naturally-aspirated
Ferrari V8s ever built.
The car is fitted with the paddle-shift F1 gearbox,
giving the driver options of sport mode for normal
driving and a racing mode for lightening gear changes up
and down the six-speed ‘box.
Special lexan windows with sliding port holes are also
used in place of the standard wind-down windows on the
The Challenge Stradale uses stiffened and lowered
suspension employing titanium components.
The wheels are nineteen inch in diameter, fitted with
ultra low-profile Pirelli P Zero Corsa tyres in 225 by
35 sizing at front and 285 by 35’s at the rear.
The brakes are also very special, the discs being of
carbon-ceramic construction. Along with six-piston
calipers at the front and four-piston calipers at the
rear, stopping power is stupendous.
How fast? Well, the factory claims a top speed of over
three-hundred kilometres-per-hour and a zero to
one-sixty kilometres-per-hour time of nine-comma-seven
F355 Challenge is perhaps even more race orientated than
the 360 Stradale.
Produced in the mid-1990s, this car a pure-bred
competition model, having been built to take part in the
Ferrari Challenge Trofeo Pirelli in Europe.
F355 was the forerunner of the 360 and many Ferrari fans
see this car as a high-point in mid-engined Ferrari
design. There is no doubt that this is an out-and-out
competition car, as signs of wear and tear are evident,
both inside and out.
The engine has a glorious sound, quite different to the
360s and more brutal. It produces
two-hundred-and-eighty-five kiloWatts and still uses the
manual six-speed gearbox which many enthusiasts prefer
as it offers more feel than the paddle-shift option.
Despite being ten years old, this car is still rated at
three-hundred kilometres-per-hour with a zero to
one-hundred time of four-comma-seven seconds.
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