The 355 Challenge was launched in 1995 following on from the success of the Ferrari 348 Challenge, and was a one make race series based on the 355 road car. Challenge examples shared the same dimensions as the road going 355 but had some major visible changes including a rear wing, roll cage and fire extinguisher and some less visible upgrades including competition brakes, competition exhaust resulting in slightly more power, stiffer suspension and less weight due to lack of interior trim. Cars would leave the Ferrari factory in either full Challenge specification or uprated with official upgrade kit. To make the series more about driver talent rather than budget, cars were identical in specification and engines were sealed so expensive modifications were prohibited to ensure a level playing field. Only 72 cars were built new by the factory and another 100 or so were fitted with Ferrari’s after-market upgrade kit.
This Ferrari 355 Challenge is an original factory Challenge car which was delivered to Auto-Neuser and thought to be one of five cars delivered to Germany. The car was delivered as a road legal race car, with air conditioning and Ferrari service book, stamped and specified as ‘Ferrari 355 B Challenge’. The car has from the factory the F40 brake kit with special air-cooling, ultra-light magnesium rims and Challenge exhaust system.
The car has two former owners and was part of a collection from 2008 to 2016, and was rarely used during this time. Purchased by the current owner after this period, the task of restoration began with a frame off restoration. Now complete and in race setup producing 450bhp up to 11,000 rpm, the car is said to have incredible acceleration and a top speed of 320km/h. Having covered 47,250km to date and offer with ‘Original documents’. These Challenge cars are low-production, road legal racers, celebrated by enthusiasts and collectors alike are said to be the last road legal, six-speed racing cars Ferrari ever built and are of ever growing popularity and collectability.