Ferrari 360 Challenge race car
This Ferrari 360 Modena Challenge is a rare and collectable race car, which is presented in unmolested unrestored original condition. It is powered by the 3.6-litre F131B V8 engine, producing 410bhp in Challenge guise, and driven through the rear wheels via the six-speed F1 automated manual transmission with paddle shifters.
The car has had only light use from new, including a handful of races in America. The car sits on a set of lightweight 18-inch BBS Challenge alloys, fastened with titanium wheel bolts.
A range of modifications over the standard 360 Modena make the Challenge model a well-honed track car. The 3.6-litre V8 is blueprinted, micro-finished, and sits on uprated engine mounts. Its gearbox also features an upgraded transmission control unit that enables faster upshifts, as well as a racing clutch with lightened flywheel. Uprated and stiffer suspension components are fitted throughout, including multi-way adjustable dampers with ride-height setting adjustment.
The interior trim covers, door panels, and the standard glass windows are all removed, along with the sound-deadening material. In their place are a lighter front windscreen and rear glass, Lexan polycarbonate side window panels with slide openings, and carbon-fibre inner door panels with pull cords. There are FIA-approved fuel tanks, a bolt-in roll cage, and two fixed bucket racing seats with multi-point harnesses. Ahead of the driver is an OMP three-spoke racing wheel and Marelli LCD instrument panel, and a fire suppression system is also installed. The Challenge model works out to be around 115kg lighter than a standard 360 Modena.
Both the front bonnet cover and rear engine lid have original quick-release style fastening pins. The carbon-fibre inner panels have no cracks or chips, and they are complemented by the full carbon-fibre transmission tunnel console. The original ferrari supplied OMP drivers bucket seat is fitted and in good order (although obivously out of date) and there is a passenger seat included
The car and it was built December 2001, delivered February 2002. Took part in a few of the North American challenge Series races and a few track days.
After being acquired by the seller in 2018, this 360 Modena Challenge was sent to Ferrari specialist SMDG surrey for recommissioning which included an oil and filter change and cambelt replacement, along with idlers. The auxiliary belts were also renewed. The original unsilenced challenge exhaust is included along with the fitted superformance stainless road exhaust so the car can be used at UK tracks. The current owner has used the car for two track days prior to Covid then the car has been in heated storage.
The brakes were stripped and cleaned, with the system bled and with new brake fluid. It also had a recent diagnostic check using a Ferrari SD3 machine, where the kms covered is shown at 10,720km
This Ferrari 360 Modena Challenge is a thrilling racer, which is eligible for a wide range of competitive events, including the GT Cup, Britcar Endurance Championship, Ferrari Club Racing Series and the AMOC Racing GT Challenge. It is an ideal entry route for an enthusiast who is looking to campaign a Ferrari for the first time, but could equally just be used for exciting track days if serious competition is not on the agenda or potentially considered as a candidate for a road-legal conversion.
Pictures of the car are shown in period with decals and now without decals