The Ferrari Challenge series was created in 1993 to create a single-model racing series for Ferrari’s own customers to compete against each other using Ferrari’s current mid-engined V-8 road cars as a platform. Not only would this engage more of Ferrari’s dedicated road-car clients with the motorsport side of the company, but Ferrari hoped it would increase their devotion to the brand after seeing what their cars were capable of when fully unleashed on a closed circuit. After a few years, this proved to be a successful program for the Scuderia, and many customers were vying to compete in the series with the support of their local dealership.
By the year 2000, as road-car production had transitioned from the 355 to the 360 Modena the year before, Ferrari released a Challenge variant of the 360 to phase the 355 Challenge out of competition by 2001. Just like the Challenge models before it, the 360 Challenge retains the same horsepower rating as the standard 360, but it has been drastically modified, with increased track performance specifically in mind. The entire interior was stripped of all luxurious appointments and replaced with a full complement of weight-saving carbon fiber trim, a full roll cage, a fire suppression system, Lexan windows, and a Magneti Marelli LCD instrument display that was capable of recording on-board telemetry. Mechanical updates include titanium rods, a dry sump, a higher compression ratio, a racing clutch, and a 100-liter fuel cell. All of these improvements helped contribute to an overall weight that was 250 pounds less than the standard 360.
The example on offer here today is not your usual 360 Challenge, it is one of two built to Carbon Michelotto specification making it very competitive. #122888’s success on the track over the years has not gone unnoticed making this a very well-known car in Ferrari circles. Recent success includes Class Overall Winner at the 2013 & 2014 Ferrari open, alongside numerous podiums and fastest lap-times.
Lightly tracked since, the car has been very well maintained and is ready to race in any number of eligible race series including; Ferrari club racing, Aston Martin GT Challenge and CSCC New Millenium Series.
Fitted with full air jack system, Ohlins full adjustable dampers, Autotel comms system and numerous other features. Offered with 3 sets of wheels and tires.