tb Challenge – Raced in the 1993 and 1994 European Championship – Road legal
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Offered for sale Ferrari 348 tb Challenge, chassis #86287. Sold new in France by Charles Pozzi Levallois, the official French Ferrari importer, on December 29th 1990 and registered on January 18th 1991. As soon as the Ferrari Challenge was created in 1993, the car was converted to participate in the European Championship and Jean-Louis Déglise took the wheel within the Charles Pozzi Paris team. With the #19 in 1993 and then the #52 in 1994, he did a total of 16 races at its wheel.
25 years ago the Ferrari 348 was the car that launched the Challenge Championship that we still know today with the 488. To participate in the European Challenge Championship, 348 series cars were modified with the official Challenge kit sold to owners by Ferrari in partnership with OMP. The kit was composed of a standard and regulated racing equipment (OMP roll cage, OMP harness, OMP bucket seats, tow hook, etc.) and accessories as aluminium pedals, a special exhaust, a « 348 Challenge » logo to be affixed on the engine hood, etc. On the mechanical side, no change was allowed by the Challenge rules. The engine, shock absorbers and brake disks were compulsorily original. When the championship ended, most of the owners put their 348 back to the original specification in order to sell them more easily. Some kept few parts of the kit, and others entirely kept it.
Our car was revised at Charles Pozzi in 1994 with a mileage of 8 280 km. At the end of the championship the car was put back to standard specification and sold to a new owner. Few years later, the car arrived in the Marne department, in the north-east of France, where its owner kept it for 15 years driving it very little, but still maintained in the Ferrari network. The car was sold in 2015 to its current owner with 20 000 km on the clock. Because of its important history the car was put back again to Ferrari Challenge specification, while remaining road legal. Today the car shows only 25 500 km on the clock. It still has its leather case including the warranty and owner’s service book. The service book is filled and up-to-date, and it comes with maintenance invoices and contrôles techniques. French papers.
The 348 Challenge has an important part in the modern Ferrari history. It is one of the last Ferraris to offer pure driving feelings, without power steering, without electronic assistance. Feeling at ease on the road as on circuit, the 348 Challenges are more and more sought after to participate in newly created historic races. The Ferrari 348 remains a particular car for Ferrari. Its 3.4L V8 engine was conceived by Nicola Materazzi, Ferrari engineer, and is the first Ferrari longitudinal V8 in the history of natural aspired Ferrari engines, a position inherited from the 288 GTO and the F40. The gearbox is the ultimate manual 5-speed gearbox with a dog-leg 1st. Years after its production, the 348 was even used by Ferrari to build the first Enzo prototype.