2003 Ferrari 360 Challenge Stradale
A race car for the road
The expression ‘a race car for the road’ is an oft-used and abused term. But the expression could have been coined for the Ferrari 360 Challenge Stradale.
From the minimalist interior with its carbon-fibre fitments, to the tuned version of Ferrari’s 3.6-litre V8, the Challenge Stradale is perfect for the owner who values genuine track-day credentials. In fact, the car was inspired by the one-make 360 Modena racing series and followed a design brief of a notional 20 per cent track use and 80 per cent road driving.
As well as more power than a standard 360 Modena, the Challenge Stradale made use of that other time-honoured tuning method; weight reduction. Lighter bumpers, the crisp interior and carbon-ceramic brakes as standard all helped reduce the car’s mass by as much as 110 kg.
Let there be sound
Even details like the throttle calibration and the removal of sound deadening material were incorporated into the Challenge Stradale and, of course, the model uses Ferrari’s six-speed F1-inspired electro-mechanical clutchless manual.
This car has an interior featuring red Alcantara; a material that provides more grip from both the seats and the steering wheel during those inevitable track-days. The carbon-fibre treatment extends beyond the interior, too, with a full carbon kit gracing the engine bay.
Driver and passenger air-bags, traction-control, launch-control, race seats, limited-slip differential, electronically-adjustable dampers, 19-inch alloy wheels, Alcantara trim, carbon engine-bay package.