Ferrari 360 Challenge Stradale
The Ferrari 360, which was introduced in 1999, featured an all-new aluminum space frame, developed in conjunction with Alcoa. A new body, styled by Pininfarina, sported a rounded, almost retro look. A new 3.6-liter V-8 produced 400 bhp, and performance was astounding: 0-to-100 km/h (62.5 mph) in 4.4 seconds.
In all, there were nine variants on the 360, from entry-level road cars to factory racers. One road version was the Challenge Stradale, a limited-production model aimed at a customer desiring to use their road car at the occasional track day. It was inspired by the Challenge racing series and designed for occasional track use but spending most of its time on the road. Power increase was modest, but the car was about 100 kg (220 lbs) lighter than the Modena, resulting in 0-to-100 km/h times of 4.1 seconds. The exact specification could be selected from a menu of options. Weight-saving modifications included deletion of the radio, substituting Lexan for windows and cloth for leather, and substituting lighter bumpers, carbon mirrors and seats. Subtle changes to engine and transmission slimmed weight still further, and a number of styling changes distinguished it from other 360 models.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in January of 2011 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Phoenix, Arizona.
3,586 cc liter DOHC V-8 engine, six-speed electro-hydraulic manual transmission, four-wheel electronically-controlled independent suspension, and four-wheel power hydraulic disc brakes. Wheelbase: 102.4".
Source: RM Auctions
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