TJ Auto AS har gleden av å kunne tilby et særlig eksepsjonelt velholdt eksemplar av den meget sjeldne Ferrari 360 Challenge Stradale "Sliding Window". Av Ferrari 360 ble det produsert 1288 Challenge Stradale hvor kun 50 eksemplarer ble levert originalt med Lexan racing-vinduer aka "Sliding Window". Dette eksemplaret er i tillegg 100% korrekt spesifisert fra fabrikk; varmrød Rosso Scuderia, Rosso / Nero Alcantara interiør, sorte bremsecalipere, brannslukkningsapparat, 4-punkts sikkerhetsbelter, rollbar, original Ferrari batteri-lader og "radio-delete".
Karbon-kjermiske bremser hentet fra Enzo, utstrakt bruk av carbonfiber og lettvektsmaterialer, og ikke minst det helt vanvittige lydbildet som rett og slett må oppleves, levner liten tvil om at Challenge Stradale ikke kan sammenlignes med en ordinær 360 Modena eller Spider.
Bilens tilstand kan neppe beskrives som annet enn tilsvarende fabrikkny. Særlig motorrom som normalt sett viser tegn til bruk nokså umiddelbart, fremstår her som ubrukt. Bilen ble heller aldri brukt til noen form for banekjøring - og alt i alt fremstår det klart at tidligere eier må ha vært nær manisk opptatt av vedlikehold. Naturligvis er samtlige originale manualer, bøker, verktøysett og carcover medfølgende - slik et samleobjekt skal ha.
Her har man en unik mulighet til å sikre seg et samleobjekt med et svært spennende verdiøkningspotensiale i årene som kommer!
"Ferrari partnered with Alcoa to produce an entirely new all aluminium space-frame chassis that was 40% stiffer than the F355 which had utilized steel. The design was 28% lighter despite a 10% increase in overall dimensions. Along with a lightweight frame the new Pininfarina body styling deviated from traditions of the previous decade's sharp angles and flip-up headlights. The new V8 engine, common to all versions, utilizes a 3.6 litre capacity, flat plane crankshaft, titanium connecting rods and generates 395 bhp (294 kW, 400 PS). Despite what looks like on paper modest gains in reality the power to weight ratio was significantly improved on over the F355, this was due to the combination of both a lighter car and more power.
According to Ferrari weight was reduced by 60 kg and the 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) acceleration performance improved from 4.7 to 4.5 seconds. The 360 Modena press car was "ludicrously quick and sounded more like Schumacher's weekend wheels than a street car." But the other cars were different. When Car and Driver tested a F360 it proved heavier and slower than its predecessor five years before. The first model to be rolled out was the 360 Modena followed later by the 360 Spider and finally as a special edition, the Challenge Stradale: which was the highest performance road-legal version of the 360 produced by the factory, featuring carbon ceramic brakes (from the Enzo), track tuned suspension, aerodynamic gains, weight reduction, power improvements and revised gearbox software among its track focused brief.
The Challenge Stradale is a low production track day focused car based on the 360 Modena. From a handling and braking performance perspective was the equivalent of adding a FHP (Fiorano Handling Pack) to the 360, which was available for V12 models such as the 550, 575 or F599 but never separately for the V8's.
It was inspired by the 360 Modena Challenge racing car series so the focus was primarily on improving its track lapping performance credentials by concentrating on handling, braking and weight reduction characteristics, which are essential in pure racing cars. Ferrari engineers designed the car from the outset with a goal of 20% track day use in mind and 80% road use. With only a small 20 bhp (15 kW) improvement in engine power from the Modena (and boasting an improved power-to-weight ratio) the Challenge Stradale accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.1 seconds according to Ferrari (four tenths faster than a Modena) but bald figures do not paint the full picture.
For the enthusiastic driver the differences are truly staggering; genuine systematic improvements were achieved to the setup and feel of the whole car. Throttle response from the digital throttle was ratcheted up and feedback through the steering wheel was enhanced. The responsiveness of the controls, the balance of the chassis, the braking performance and the driver feedback all contribute greatly to the overall driving experience. Thanks to CCM brakes borrowed from the Enzo, some lower weight parts and a FHP handling pack, the Challenge Stradale was able to claim an impressive 3.5 seconds improvement per lap of its Fiorano circuit compared to the Modena (the target was 2.5 seconds).
In total, the Challenge Stradale is up to 110 kg (243 lb) lighter than the standard Modena if all the lightweight options are specified such as deleted radio, lexan (plexiglass) door window and Alcantara fabric (instead of the leather option). As much as 74 kilograms (207 lb) was taken off on the car by lightening the bumpers, stripping the interior of its sound deadening and carbon mirrors and making the optional Modena carbon seats standard.
Resin Transfer Moulding was utilized for the bumpers and skirts, a carry over from the Challenge cars which resulted in lighter bumpers than on the Modena. The engine and transmission weight was slimmed down 11 kg (24 lb) through the use of a smaller, lighter weight sports (yet still stainless steel) exhaust back box and valved exit pipes. The Challenge Stradale also got Brembo carbon ceramic brakes as standard (which later became standard fitment on the F430) which shaved 16 kg off the curb weight and improved handling by reducing unsprung weight and completely eliminating brake fade. Cars fitted with the center console stereo option, sub speaker box behind the seats and glass side windows re-gained approximately 30 kg over the best selected options (from a weight perspective)."