Ferrari 348 GT Michelotto Competizione

Between 1993 and 1994, Ferrari answered the demands of its privateer racers by offering them an off-the-shelf 348 in full race guise, thanks to a partnership with Michelotto. This was in no way a dealer-installed option. The Michelotto Competizione cars were each fitted with a tuned version of the stock V8 that produced an impressive 360 horsepower, which required half shafts, borrowed from the F40 supercar.

Modifications to the body included a Lexan rear window and lightweight alloy panels for the engine cover and deck lid. Carbon fiber was used extensively on the car with the doors, bumpers and undertray all being made of the still-new ultra light, super strong composite material. Extensive ducting was needed to cool the upgraded 15-inch ventilated Brembo disc brakes nesting within the massive 18-inch Speedline center-locking five-spoke magnesium wheels.

The suspension system was specially designed by Michelotto with fully adjustable Koni dampers and revised geometry to reduce dive. To increase rigidity, gussets were installed around the engine bay and chassis. The interior of the Michelotto Competizione was stripped bare, fitted with an FIA roll cage, drilled aluminum pedals, a racing steering wheel and approved race seats.

In total, only 11 Michelotto Competizione variants of the 348 were produced. Nine of these were put directly into collections and were never raced. The two that were raced proved to be very successful: one finished 8th in the GTU class at the 1994 Daytona 24 hours and the other clinched the Group 2 title in the 1993 Italian Supercar GT series.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in March of 2010 at the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Florida.

360 hp, 3,405 cc V8 engine, five-speed manual transaxle, four-wheel fully adjustable independent suspension with coil springs and Koni shocks, four-wheel vented disc brakes. Wheelbase: 96.5".

Source: RM Auctions

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