2003 Ferrari 360 Challenge Stradale
£142,995 | Location: United Kingdom
Based on the 360 Modena the Challenge Stradale was a limited production track day focused car that was used to homologate improvements to their GTC race car.
Focus at Ferrari was to improve the Modena’s track lapping performance and took inspiration from the then current 360 Challenge race car by concentrating on handling, braking, weight reduction and aerodynamics essentials for any out and out racing car.
Weighing in at just 20Kg more than the challenge race car and a huge 110Kg less than a standard Modena this resulted in a dramatic performance increase, add in ceramic brakes as standard taken directly from the Enzo, a 25bhp increase in power, aerodynamic improvements to the front bumper, side sills, rear engine lid and double rear end meant the Challenge Stradale lapped the Fiorano circuit 3.5 seconds faster than the Modena (the target for the Ferrari engineers was 2.5).
Straight line power and performance figure only differ marginally from the standard Modena (three tenth faster to 62 mph) on paper which makes it difficult to comprehend the staggering difference between the two cars and it’s only when the enthusiastic driver takes to the controls does the Challenge Stradale deliver through its feedback and responsiveness.
With a limited production run of sub 1300 cars worldwide combined with an incredible soundtrack and loyal fan following, the Challenge Stradale is an instant modern classic.
Italian Supplied LHD, Rosso Scuderia, Front Bumper PPF, Scuderia Shields, Painted Stripe, 19″ BBS Challenge Stradale Alloys, Rosso Callipers, Ceramic Brakes, Original Exhaust with Switchable Valves, Red + Black Alcantara Interior, Red Contrast Stitching, Carbon Bucket Seats, Factory Harnesses, Red Leather Top Steering Wheel.
Noticeably more vibrant than a standard coat of Rosso Corsa, this Challenge Stradale presents superbly in its factory designated shade of Rosso Scuderia. Proudly positioned on the front wings sit the iconic Scuderia Shields which add to the motorsport feel of the 360, as does the iconic racing stripe that is painted under the top coat.
Staying true to the lightweight design of the Challenge Stradale this example comes with a focused factory spec. Fully upholstered in black /red alcantara the carbon bucket seats provide incredible grip and support, improved further by a set of factory harnesses which are thread through two gaps behind the occupants heads.
Contrasting the soft alcantara surfaces sit lashings of exposed carbon fibre and aluminium in place of the original door cards and carpeted floors. Furthering the lightweight options the cars first owner also opted not to specify a radio, saving precious kilos and preventing any distraction from the glorious V8 symphony.
Considering the cars age and mileage condition of the interior is fantastic; the alcantara sits free from any unsightly stains or tears whilst the switchgear has been treated for the dreaded sticky buttons and functions as expected.
Engine & Transmission:
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 F1 transmission produces lightning-quick changes through the 6-speed gearbox, incorporating two different configurations – ‘Sport’ and ‘Race’ – with corresponding damper and traction control settings. Fully exploiting the sonorous V8 the original exhaust system is fitted with an electronic valve, allowing the driver to enjoy the trademark Stradale sound at everyday speeds.
Mechanically the car is in excellent order, with a fully stamped service book which includes a recent gearbox overhaul.
Wheels, Tyres & Brakes:
The car’s 19″ BBS Challenge wheels are in superb condition, and come wrapped in road orientated Pirelli P Zero Rosso tyres all round. The braking system itself features rosso callipers, aluminium brake carriers and lightweight carbon ceramic discs from Italian manufacturer Brembo, a package which delivers superb deceleration rates and excellent handling.
This Challenge Stradale was first supplied by Forza Torino, Italy, on 22/07/2003, where it remained until is was imported to the UK in 2014. Servicing has been regular, with 11 services outlined by the original stamped service book and supporting invoices at the following intervals;
03/08/06 – Rosso Corsa – 4,351km
25/02/08 – Rosso Corsa – 13,669km
31/03/10 – Rosso Corsa – 21,210km
12/04/11 – Rosso Corsa – 21,589km
05/05/12 – Rosso Corsa – 23,833km
04/03/14 – DK Engineering
28/05/15 – Foskers – 29,389km
04/05/16 – Foskers – 31,886km
04/05/17 – Foskers – 35,839km
06/05/18 – Foskers – 38,691km
13/08/19 – Foskers – 39,343km
Present with the car is the complete original book pack with leather wallet, stamped service book, V5 and 2 sets of keys.