The Ferrari F355 in burst onto the scene in spring 1994. It shared most every dimension with its 348 predecessor. Yet it was virtually a new car, as its stunning coachwork indicated. More than 1800 hours of wind tunnel testing influenced the harmonious shape, which incorporated an F1-style flat bottom with an airflow channel that generated enough down force to offset any lift.
Engine, transmission, and suspension received major upgrades. The longitudinally mounted 3496cc V-8 had five valves per cylinder and a stunning 375-380 horsepower at a spine tingling 8250 rpm. The gearbox was now a six-speed with a new type of synchromesh that made it much easier to shift. Electronically adjustable shocks varied stiffness within milliseconds to suit the road surface.
The F355 Challenge was introduced in 1995, and briefly ran alongside its 348 forebear in the Ferrari Challenge race series.
Features include: uprated springs, anti-roll bars and bushes, as well as a modified exhaust system, competition clutch, Brembo brake discs from the F40, racing tyres and brake cooling ducts. There were also the obligatory racing safety requirements, including a full roll cage, six-point belt harnesses, fire extinguisher, towing points and circuit breakers.
Ferrari built approximately 130 examples of the F355 Challenge, and this particular car is one of only 13 right-hand-drive F355 Challenge cars known to exist. This car is fully UK road registered, ready for road or race.
Features include: It is equipped with two Cobra Imola Pro racing seats, OMP six-point safety harnesses, Alcantara-trimmed Momo steering wheel and a Lifeline fire extinguisher system.
This example has been used as a road car for the majority of its life, previously owned by known Ferrari aficionado. It has a competent history file, with invoices depicting major mechanical works carried out, past MOTs and original Ferrari owners booklets to support.
Supplied fully serviced (with Cambelts) by leading Ferrari specialist, ready and equipped for the road or track.
The Ferrari 355 Challenge is one of the most desirable and interesting models to be produced in Maranello over the last 25 years and undoubtedly represents a rare and appreciating asset in today’s market.