2004 Ferrari 360 Challenge Stradale
£199,995 | 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.
RHD, Nero Black, Challenge Stradale Alloys, Ceramic Brakes, Yellow Calipers, Scuderia Shields, Full PPF, Leather Carbon Bucket Seats, Alcantara Upper Dashboard, Leather Lower Dashboard, Leather Steering Wheel, Electric Windows, Air Conditioning, Launch Control, Becker Radio/CD, Electric Mirrors, Front Airbags, Tri Colour stripe (Sticker).
Presented in a rare and stunning shade of Nero Daytona black this Challenge Stradale is in stunning condition. The contrasting white, green and red Stradale stripe accentuates the smooth, sleek lines of the Pininfarina-designed bodywork which leaves any keen passer by in no doubt that this is the homologation lightweight 360.
The deep metallic paintwork is preserved by full Paint Protection Film, fitted at a cost of £4,500, ensuring that the Stradale is without the stone chips commonly picked up by the low front end.
The interior of this lightweight special is generously specified, with a Becker radio/nav system and Air Conditioning providing some necessary luxury. Beyond this every part of the interior is stripped down, focused on saving weight wherever possible.
Black leather with contrast Rosso stitching adorns the carbon-fibre racing seats and the top half of the Dashboard whilst the bottom is finished in the same colour combo of alcantara. Both areas remain clean and free from any excessive wear, echoing the condition of the carbon-fibre surround on the instrument cluster, housing the central tachometer, coloured yellow for optimum legibility. The steering wheel is flanked by F1-style gearshifting ‘paddles’, with the right hand paddle lengthened to facilitate upshifts when accelerating out of bends.
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 engine is a work of art and provides the driver with an audible symphony of an exhaust note and the kind of performance that is unique to a race-ready car designed for road use. 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.
Wheels, Tyres & Brakes:
The car’s 19-inch Challenge wheels are in superb condition, and come wrapped in their original specification Pirelli P Zero Corsa racing tyres providing extreme levels of handling in the dry. The braking system itself features yellow calipers, aluminium brake carriers and lightweight carbon ceramic discs from Italian manufacturer Brembo, a package which delivers superb deceleration rates and excellent handling.
The Challenge Stradale was supplied new by Maranello Ferrari, Surrey on 14/06/2004 and has remained in the UK ever since with just 3 owners in total.
The car has a comprehensive service history, with 11 stamps in the original service book and an additional 2 listed in the cars history file. Timing belts were replaced just over 1,000 miles ago and the most recent service at Maranello Ferrari, Surrey was done on 17/08/2018 at 24,562 miles and will be serviced again by Ferrari upon sale. As well as the service stamps the car comes with a stack of invoices totalling over £45k, outlining the stringent maintenance this car has been subject to throughout its life.
MOT history verifies the cars mileage, with complete history available online going back to 2007. Within the history file there is also confirmation that this Stradale has never been used on a track from the last owner of the vehicle
The full pack of owners manuals, service book, torch and leather holder is present along with all two alarm fobs and two sets of keys.