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A superb example of a Ferrari 348 Challenge car, Right Hand Drive, UK First delivered. Presented in Rosso Corsa 300/12 with two tone interior incorporating the famous Maranello Concessionaires “Cambridge Blue” racing livery.
Ferrari’s first Challenge car,
A matching numbers car, This example chassis #93559 comes complete with its original 348 Challenge kit to include; Original 348 Challenge OMP carbon-kevlar bucket Seats and Sparco Seat Belts, Original 6-Point OMP Roll Cage, 18-inch five-spoke Speedline alloy Challenge Wheels, Fire Extinguisher, Suspension Upgraded to Michelotto Le-Mans Specification, Ferrari Challenge Exhaust, ATL safety fuel Tank, front tow hook and kill switches.
Produced in March 1992, Converted to factory Challenge specification in 1993 by Maranello Concessionaires Ltd and Presented at the 1993 London Motor Show. Sold and delivered to its first owner in May 1994 by Nigel Mansel Sportscars.
This car was Raced by its first owner Simon Toyne in the 1994 European Challenge series and supported exclusively by Maranello Concessionaires Ltd.
Presented in excellent original condition showing 11,292 miles only. Now eligible for the Ferrari Corse Clienti, this is a rare and exciting opportunity to acquire one of the most significant 348 Challenge cars available today.
Price is Euro 190.000,–
This well known Motorola Ferrari 355 has a great history and is ready to race.
New service with cambeltchange can be done shortly.
Making its debut in 1995, the Ferrari F355 Challenge was designed specifically for use in the Ferrari Challenge series. The earliest F355 Challenges were road cars modified by official dealers using a conversion kit from the Ferrari factory, just like the earlier 348 Challenge. Each car was powered by a 380 horsepower, 3.5-litre V-8 engine, coupled to a six-speed manual gearbox. With each passing year, Challenge cars were supplied from the factory with an increasing number of performance components, reducing the amount of conversion work required by dealers. By 1998, Ferrari took the decision to build all Challenge cars in- house, and all subsequent F355 Challenges were built at the Maranello factory.
But for the real racers, the Challenge car was not enough! As it was fully based on the road car, it was neither competitive enough for international racing series, nor was it homologated for anything else than the Ferrari Challenge series.
Before the 355 model, racing teams were able to purchase the 348 GT/ Competizione or even the ultra rare 348 GT/LM, both built by Michelotto in Padua for Ferrari. These models were fully homologated for international racing and especially the GT/LMs proved to be competitive cars, even at the 24h of Le Mans! But when the F355 came out, Ferrari (and Michelotto) were too busy building and developing the Ferrari 333SP as well as the racing versions of the F40, the F40 LM and the upgraded F40 GTE, so there was capacity to build a upgraded version of the F355 Challenge. Cristiano Michelotto also confirmed us in a recent conversation, that they very early started to work on the Ferrari 360 GT and N/GT, so the F355 was simply left out!
But Italy would not be Italy, if there were not some motorsport enthusiasts who simply wanted more, that brings us to our car …
Specific history of this car:
Among the racing teams who wanted a bit more out of the F355 model range than a Challenge version, was the Italian company Supertech of Franco Scapini and his father. Franco Scapini was a successful racing driver who even made it up to Formula 1 as a test driver and raced at the 24 hours of Le Mans in a Lancia LC2 and a Spice SE88. Scapini almost retired from racing in 1991, but a friend of his father convinced him to race in the 1997 Italian Ferrari Challenge with a brand new Ferrari F355 Challenge from the Ferrari dealership in Modena, where he finished several times on the podium. The problem was that Scapini Junior was pretty bored of these Challenge cars, they were just too slow for him. In a recent article he confesses „I did it for my father“. So the idea was born to start a new project, the Ferrari F355 GT3 by Supertech. Soon, the „Le Mans blu“ colored F355 Challenge with chassis number ZFFPR41B000104675 was completely stripped in Scapini Seniors workshop, which was an official Ferrari service point for over 30 years. Every component was checked for potential improvements. Scapini: We reconstructed everything: suspension, engine, chassis and body parts. We did everything ourselves and in the workshop at my father’s in Gallarate (VA). The car, in the end, came out really well, a real racing tool. I had done it the way I wanted and meant it.“ The car is now lighter, has an upgraded aero kit, completely revised suspension and brakes, a proper racing clutch and an engine which was good for 430hp at 9.200rpm. After a lot of testing and improving, it was time to race the car.
The car was raced successfully by Franco Scapini, both in Europe as well as the USA. The original log book that comes with the car documents the European races in France, Italy and Spain. Scapini won the GT3 class in the Italian GT championship in Misano in 1999. He also had a crazy race in the rain in Dijon that year that he remembers well: „ Next appointment, Magny Cours. With Andrea Garbagnati unavailable due to work commitments, I crew with Stefano Bucci. We arrive at Magny Cours and it’s raining, among other things I have a fever. We do the tests, everything’s OK. We qualify the car each a practice session for the respective races on Sunday: one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Stefano starts in race 1 wet, goes dry, SC several times, had started 12th in class and got there…. Race 2 I start with fever, but I climb well, it’s wet, it’s not hot and this helps me. I engage in a tough battle with a Porsche in front of me. At the wheel, while I was trying to do my best, I was asking myself “who drives so fast on water?”…. In GT races there are so many of you that you don’t know who is at the wheel at that moment, then between the spray and the clouds of water you could hardly see anything. Eh nothing, at the end of the race I find out that it was Jean Pierre Jarier!!! Anyway, I retired about halfway through the race because a water hose burst when I was 8th overall and 2nd GT3. It was wet, but the car was running even though it was quite difficult to drive. Very extreme!“
Next up was the greater challenge – to race at the famous 24 hours of Daytona!
In 1999 Scapini teamed up with Pierangelo Masselli, Marco de Iturbe, Gianluca de Lorenzi and Gianni Biava to run the car under the sponsorship of Ferrari of Central Florida. After a long race they finished in 32nd position overall and 12th in class.
In 2000 the car was again entered at the 24 hours of Daytona, this time driven by Franco Scapini, ex-F1 driver Ivan Capelli, Pierangelo Masselli and Erich Prinoth under the banner of Franco Scapini Motorsport. Unfortunately they did not finish the race due to electrical problems.
In 2001 Scapini sold the car and it was once more entered at the 24 hours of Daytona under the team name Mastercar SRL. The car was driven by Anton Smekalkin, Eric van de Vyver, Christian Morini and Sergey Krylov.
Today the car is presented as it raced in 2000. The old roll bar has been carefully replaced with a new one to make the car eligible for historic racing. The engine has been overhauled just recently and the car has been serviced. Today the car is highly eligible for historic racing as the Peter Auto Series, Masters Series, historic Daytona 24, the Challenge and GT days as well the the German Ferrari Club racing series only to mention a few.
With the car comes a very comprehensive history file that includes the old Italian registration documents, the original vehicle log book as well as some nice period articles and photos.
All details and mor photos HERE
For sale is this Ferrari 360 Challenge factory built race car from 2000. In the first years of its life it was raced in the Spanish GT series. We found this car in Spain and had it fully sercived by F- specialist Stradale (Netherlands). All fluids were changed, belts done, adjustable Penke dampers reconditioned, exhaustsilencers installed. Recently new rear wheelbearings. Was raced the last 2 years in some events and some trackdays. Comes with a Ferrari race seat (date expired) and HANS Sabelt belts (date 2026). Extra wheels and slicks available at extra costs. Can assist in worldwide shipping, or deliver to your doorstep
Asking price is EUR 210.000,–
Details and more pictures of the Ferrari HERE at ClassicDriver
For sale – 2002 Ferrari 360 N-GT ex JMB FIA GT 24H SPA / 24H Daytona / 12H Sebring
For sale is one of the best 360 GT Ferraris. Fantastic history and condition. Highly original and very well documented, a real pice of Ferrari and Michelotto history.
Highly eligible for the office Ferrari program “Club Competizione GT”, the “Challenge and GT Days”, “Masters Racing Series” and for sure for the “Global Endurance Racing Series” including the Le Mans Classic Race!
Ferrari 2002 360 N-GT s/n 007M one of 17 Michelotto cars. JMB raced in 2002 FIA GT, second overall in championship, raced 2003 ALMS. Restored and in 2002 livery.
All details and more pictures HERE at Classic Driver
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- Restored, ready to go
- original FIA GT documents from every race included Matching numbers
- Original race suit 2002 Garbagnati
- Extra set of wheels
The 360 Modena, the road-going successor to the F355, was unveiled in late 1998. The new car´s revolutionary advancements were more than just skin deep, however. An all-new aluminium space-frame created through a partnership with Alcoa resulted in a 10 percent reduction in weight and a nearly 50 percent gain in structural rigidity. This new stiffness dramatically sharpened the mid-engined Ferrari´s handling. Curvaceous Pininfarina-penned styling, a dramatic departure from the designs associated with Ferrari since the late 1970s, helped usher the modern Ferrari into the 21st century.
The Challenge Series was born of a need for Ferrari to launch a racing series for its competition-minded clients. Essentially factory-stock cars, the Challenge Series 348, F355 and then 360s were stripped of most of their unnecessary weight and given a high-performance suspension.
The team JMB was asked by Michelotto at the end of the 1999 season to race and develop together with Michelotto, a GT on the basis of the F360 Modena Challenge and homologate for the FIA-N-GT series during the season 2000. It was then that Team JMB Giesse with Michelotto took a 360 Challenge and modified it to the FIA´s newly created GT regulations to compete against the Porsche GT2 in 2000. Michelotto further developed the 360 GTs into what is considered the ultimate specification and fastest 360, known as the 360 N-GT. JMB had been one of the first Teams to order several factory built up 360 Modena N-GT’s for the new FIA GT Championship in 2001. The car proved so successful that the Ferrari factory commissioned Michelotto to create a works` 360 GT, which would be sold through Ferrari´s Corse Clienti department as 360GTC.
In the N-GT specification, Michelotto boosted the 360´s 3.6-liter V8 to 445 horsepower, an impressively high figure even with the required 30.8mm air restrictors. It is reported that the maximum power without air restrictors could have been brought up to 540 bhp which makes it even today to a serious weapon on each track test day or fun racing.
To match the power upgrade, a sequential gearbox was fitted to the N-GTs, giving the car blisteringly quick gear changes. Michelotto tightened the suspension with stiffer shocks and springs, added an adjustable anti-roll bar and removed all non-essential weight through the use of thinner body panels, carbon fiber body panels, and polycarbonate windows and windshield. The interior consists of a racing cockpit that has been stripped of any unnecessary weight, features carbon fiber seats, and utilizes a roll cage for additional stiffness and safety . With wider fenders and spoilers front and rear, the 360 N-GT was approximately 200 pounds lighter than the 360 Challenge.
The 360 Challenge, chassis 118459, was ordered and delivered to Michelotto who was commissioned by the Ferrari works to carry out the development and indeed carry out most of the workwas modified by Michelotto to N-GT specification to compete in the FIA GT 2002 championship, and was campaigned by former during the 2002 championship in Europe and the ALMS 2003 season in the USA. The car´s racing career ended in 2003.
The Ferrari 360 N-GT presented here carries Chassis No. # 118459 and has received by Michelotto the number 007M of just 17 examples modified by Michelotto in 2001 for the upcoming season. These were numbered 000M to 016M, and JMB owned #’s 000M, 001M, 002M the 2001 FIA GT champions, 003M, this car 007M, and 008M.
This car on offer is the restored JMB #50 car.
Finished in Colours Green, White and Red, and some Blue, this particular car benefits from a fully race-outfitted interior, including a full roll cage, racing seat, and harness. The car has a race exhaust system, air-jacks front and rear, racing fuel fillers, BBS racing wheels, and front and rear tow hooks. The car is presented in its 2002 #50 JMB Giesse Racing livery.
Well-suited for the enthusiast seeking to explore the tremendous performance on offer in a modern Ferrari, this 360 Modena N-GT offers the unique opportunity to acquire a track-ready limited production race FIA GT race car born from the collaboration between Ferrari and the respected Michelotto company. Having had a serious race pedigree in 2002 and 2003 owned and driven by the 2001 FIA GT Champion Pescatori and the JMB Giesse Racing Team, the car was indeed second overall in the 2002 FIA GT championship.
Its engine retains the FIA GT and ALMS spec intake air restrictors (leaving latitude for the truly power-obsessed to find new thrills.) It is reported that the maximum power without air restrictors could have been brought up to 540 bhp which makes it even today to a serious weapon on each track test day or fun racing.
FIA GT Championship 2002
2002/apr/21 8th OA/1st N-GT Magny Cours Pescatori/Montermini (r#50)
2002/may/4 9th OA/1st N-GT Silverstone Pescatori/Montermini (r#50)
2002/may/19 8th OA/2nd GT Brno Pescatori/Montermini (r#50)
2002/jun/2 10th OA/2nd N-GT Jarama Pescatori/Montermini (r#50)
2002/jun/30 13th OA/4th N-GT Anderstorp Pescatori/Montermini (r#50)
2002/jul/17 15th OA/7th N-GT Oschersleben Pescatori/Montermini (r#50)
2002/aug/4 4th OA/2nd N-GT 24h Spa Pescatori/Montermini/
2002 2nd in FIA GT Championship, 2002 SPA 4th OA, 2nd GT Class
2003/jan/5 21st Daytona Test Earle/Atapattu/Farfus/Pescatori (r#20)
2003/feb/2 14th OA/7th GT 24h Daytona Collard/Papis/Farfus/Garbagnati (r#20)
2003/mar/1 no show Homestead xxx (r#20)
2003/mar/15 14th OA / 3rd GT 12h Sebring Grégoire/Pescatori/Babini (r#28)
2003/jun/29 22th OA/8th N-GT Road Atalnta Grégoire/Salazar (r#28)
2003/aug/3 25th OA/28th GT Trois-Rivieres Pescatori/Grégoire/Salazar (r#28)
2003/aug/17 19th OA/10th GT Mosport Alexander/Grégoire (r#28)
2003/aug/24 35th OA/17th GT Road America Alexander/Grégoire/Salazar (r#28)
2003/sep/7 18th OA/6th GT Laguna Seca Alexander/Grégoire/Salazar (r#28)
2003/sep/27 14th OA/5th GT Miami Alexander/Grégoire/Salazar (r#28)
For Sale – 1999 Ferrari 360 N-GT
Ferrari 360 N-GT Details an more pictures HERE at ClassicDriver
Ferrari 360 N-GT s/n 119339, a Euro model 360 Challenge prepared in early 2000 to N-GT specifications to campaign in the European FIA GTR championship race series.
This car raced on 16th April, 2000 at the FIA GT Championship, round # 3 at Monza, for 500 kms, with race # 61, and driven by ex-F1 driver Ivan Capelli and Erich Prinroth, finishing 10th in class.
Later the car was entered in the 2001 24 H of Daytona with racing number #30 (dns) and remained in USA until 2020, when discovered and imported back to Europe.
At the time of the find the car had a provocative blue/orange Gulf Livery and when the car arrived in Europe the original snow flakes Dolomiti Superski livery has been finally re-made.
Today 360 Challenge s/n 119339 is eligible for a multitude of track events for retired Challenge cars such as a low-cost entry to Ferrari’s new Club Competizioni GT series or, for those more serious, the SCCA U.S. Majors Tour, billed by the SCCA as the pinnacle of championship road racing in North America, the SCCA’s GT-X class, specifically for older Challenge and GT3 cars or the SCCA’s ITX (Improved Touring unlimited) as well as any HSR or NASA weekend, the Daytona Classic of four one-hour races, the Sebring classic with three one-hour races, the Spring Classic at Laguna Seca and a multitude of other track events.
The instrument readout is functional and clearly readable. The roll cage padding and the inner carbon fiber door panels are all in generally good condition. Overall the car presents as an example of track-appropriate car, with no evidence of damage to the body or interior features, often found in cars with long competition histories. Under the hood, the innovative 360 V8 displays excellent castings, correct factory housings and original equipment. The condition of the engine compartment is generally very good, appearing clean and properly preserved.
As one might expect sitting behind the wheel, getting ready to go on track is an adrenaline inducing experience. The engine erupts to a strong idle and revs freely. The 3.6 liter V8 gives remarkable acceleration with astonishing shift points, incredible traction and great braking, making for a car with substantial capability, even in the hands of lesser experienced race car drivers. While certainly a highly responsive car with 175 mph plus speed and legendary agility, once a few laps have passed, the car becomes a genuine delight, pushing you to test the next level of your driving skills. A highly event eligible, factory-built racecar with extensively honed specifications based on Ferraris many decades of GT victories, the Ferrari 360 Challenge is a wallet-friendly entry into Ferrari GT Racing and is, for the first-time club racer, a serious factory built and sorted competition machine with no lack of parts available and with the mechanics to support them at any level.
For sale – 2008 Ferrari F430 Challenge
All informations and pictures HERE at Jan B. Lühn
The Ferrari F430 Challenge was the fourth generation of Ferrari Challenge racing cars, following the great successes of the one-make race series of the Ferrari 348, 355 and 360.
The F430 Challenge is based on the Ferrari F430 and was a customer competition car.
It has the standard 430 engine with a 4.3-litre V8 and 490hp, but the chassis was radically revised and the running gear and fittings were upgraded for track use. The chassis is more rigid, lighter and the suspension and brakes were modified for the racing purpose. A semi-automatic gearbox with the paddle shifters, switches the gears on the track. The 430 Challenge was one of the best machines in its class at the time.
It was launched in 2006 and built until 2010, in total just 142 left-hand drive cars were produced. In those days the 430 Challenge was used in the Ferrari Challenge Trofeo Pirelli, where retained professionals raced against some sportier clients.
It is believed that fewer than a half of the F430 Challenge cars survived the four-year season but the survivors are eligible to be raced at events such as the official Ferrari Club Challenge, the Ferrari Club Germany Racing Series as well as the Challenge and GT days, only to mention a few.
We assume that the car had a total of three owners. The car was built in 2008 and passed to the second owner in 2012, for whom a French FFSA passport was issued in 2012. A German DMSB “Wagenpass” (log book) was issued in 2018 for the last owner. In the capable hands of the last owner, who purchased the car in 2018, the F430 won its class in the Challenge class of the Ferrari Club Germany racing series. After that it was used mainly on trackdays. The car was regularly maintained by the racing team RacingOne, located at the famous Nürburgring in Germany.
In 2022 the car retired from racing and was completely overhauled at Scuderia Gran Tourismo in Munich and remained unused since then. Today the total mileage is aprox. 9.000 kms since new.
• In February 2022 a new braking system was installed, which included new discs, pads and brake fluid, documented by a bill from Ferrari Scuderia Gran Tourismo over €5.550.
• In April 2022 the car got a new clutch with new sensors. Also the gearbox, the differential and engine got a full service. The fire extinguisher was checked and serviced and the car got a new battery. The total invoice was 8.970 €.
• In October 2022 the drivers seat and the seat belts were replaced, the old driver seat was mounted to the passenger side, it is still valid until this year. Additionally the car got new wheel-arches. Total price – €3.500.
The roll cage got and extension to allow passenger rides. The car has GT3 front- and carbon rearspoiler and comes with a German DMSB log book as well as French FFSA documents. Also included are brand new front grills, a NOS Ferrari Challenge Upper rear bumper grill, brand new carbon fiber side mirrors and a total of 16 wheels with slicks, rain tires and intermediates. The F430 Challenge is ready to go.
An all original and never used pit equipment including wheelnut socket, new Milwaukee power wrench, air bottle and airlines for the air jack system could be negotiated separately.
Asking price is EUR 180.000,–
All details and more pictures HERE at ClassicDriver
F430 GT3, LHD, Rosso Corsa, Red Cloth Sabelt Racing Seat, 5 Point Harness, F1-Style 6 Speed Paddle Shift, Engine Supplied by FF Corse (3 Hours) , Kessel Manifolds & ECU, Upgraded Cooling; Apertures in Front Bonnet & Large Fan, Upgraded + Fully Adjustable suspension, Upgraded Big Brembo Brakes with Large Endurance Pads, Wings + Bonnet + Front & Rear Bumpers in Carbon/Kevlar, Air Jack System
Scuderia bodykit upgrade, 12+ Wheels, Gearbox, 4 Corners, Radiators, All sensors, 3 Types of exhaust for noise decibel limits
Finished in the iconic Rosso Corsa, this Ferrari GT3 car looks incredible with elegant lines from the road car enhanced by significant aerodynamic improvements built purely for track performance. With weight saving and downforce top of the agenda everything has been optimised to ensure maximum capability for sprint and long distance racing. The conversion includes replacing the bonnet, bumpers and side skirts with lightweight carbon / kevlar composite while a huge carbon fibre rear wing is complimented by carbon fibre canards and significant front splitter. Further upgrades include huge apertures in the bonnet assisted by a large cooling fan to ensure hot air is dispelled effectively.
Having been on track for a couple rounds of Brit GT & GT Cup, the condition of the car is excellent; showing no clear signs of damage with even panel gaps and only a hand full of touch up marks dotted around the car.
Kessel’s full 2009 Scuderia body panel upgrade kit is also included with a spares package.
Opening the door of the 430 GT3 unveils a space worlds apart from the standard road car; all race car focus with zero sound proofing and lexan windows to manage weight. Essential safety equipment includes OMP kill switches, 5-point harnesses and a full fire suppression system. A single deep bolstered embroidered bucket seat presents in excellent condition with no wear marks on the side bolsters and clean fabric throughout. The Kessel build plaque sits atop the dash confirming this homologation special.
The alcantara clad wheel features a set of aluminium F1-style paddles nestled behind which feel much more robust than the standard car providing full confidence at maximum attack.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
Longitudinally mounted behind the cabin this 4.3L Naturally aspirated V8 is the beating heart of this monster. Following extensive tuning by Kessel, with racing manifolds and a ECU tune, this GT3 unit develops 550 bhp up by almost 70bhp on the Challenge car and 100hp more than the GTC variant. The lightning fast F1 electro-hydraulic gearbox was rebuilt shortly after the cars last race in 2013.
A new engine was supplied by F.F. Corse which shows 3 hours of running; further to this a recent visit from a Kessel technician inspected the ECU to ensure everything was running smoothly.
There are 3 exhaust variants for different decibel regs, with a spare Gearbox and radiators also available.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
Presenting in great condition, the more traditional gold BBS racing wheels complete the look for this menacing race car. With a wider and slight bigger wheel size than a standard F430 it allows for a large profile full slick tyre for superior track performance. This example is fitted with a matching set of Pirelli full slicks.
Brakes are also uprated with large Brembo callipers and steel discs providing immense stopping power. Racing suspension provides a significant weight saving as well as infinite adjustment from track to track.
A further 4 sets of wheels are included as part of a spares package.
1 of 54 GT3 cars built by Kessel under license from Ferrari, this 2007 Ferrari GT3 was supplied by F.F. Corse to Fox Motorsport where it was used for track and occasional test days before being successfully campaigned in the 2011 GT Trophy at Snetterton. Paul McNeilly & Jamie Stanley would finish runner up to a 458, and record a historic 1st & 2nd overall for the FF Corse team, before the same pair would then go on to clinch class honours at the Silverstone round of British GT in 2013. Images and race reports of the car in period are included in the history file.
Shortly after the Silverstone round, the gearbox was rebuilt and the engine replaced by FF Corse and once racing was over, the car was sold on to its current owner in 2014 where it has been used sparingly as a track day car.
Eligible for a multitude of current and historic racing series, or as a track day weapon, this GT3 represents excellent value and a keen entry point into Ferrari competition.
A comprehensive Spares package includes the upgraded Scuderia body kit, 12+ Wheels, Gearbox, 4 Corners, Radiators, All sensors and 3 different Exhaust variants.
Please visit our website for a full write up and additional photographs.
The car is supplied having had an extensive intake inspection. Warranty, Finance, Part Exchange and Worldwide shipping are all available on request.
Buy with confidence: we operate from a 10,000sq ft indoor showroom with the support of a fully functioning 4000sq ft preparation and service centre that includes a professional photo studio that is used by Top Gear, McLaren and Alpine Stars. We have a passionate team that work incredibly hard to ensure all our motor cars go through our rigorous and unique sales process so they are presented in the best possible condition and light, then found homes all over the world.
All details about the sale HERE
The Ferrari F 430 Challenge Trasformata GT3 has been delivered by Ferrari to
the Ferrari dealership Loris Kessel located in Lugano/Switzerland on the
25.10.2007. The Ferrari invoice shows a selling price at 400.000,- CHF. Out of
unknown reasons the car was never used in the next few years until it was sold
to its second and last private German based owner in 2012. The contract of
sale in that time is showing a mere 100 km as an odometer mileage. It is
reported by the only and last owner that it never had participated in any serious
race. It was more a backup testing car which was frequently driven on private
events. The overall mileage today shows not more than 3000 km. It will be delivered
with a new engine having only 300 km on the clock plus the original engine. It
received a last service at the well known and very experienced and specialized
Ferrari Service workshop of StileF in San Marino/Italy before delivery on the 30th
of March 2017 at near to 6000,- Euros. The car is in absolutely race ready condition.
The limited version of the F 430 GT3 has a radically reduced weight of only
1.219 kg compared to 1.350 kg of a normal F 430 and the 1250 kg of the 430
Scuderia. This was the result of an exhaustive schedule of removing all
unnecessary items. The GT3 has been developed by Kessel Racing under the
supervision of Ferrari. Only 100 of these cars were produced. The rersulting car,
designated the F 430 GT3, was superior to the F 430 Challenge in terms of more
highly developed aerodynamics and increased output, even through both
utilised the same 4.3 litre, V8 engine.
Following extensive tuning, the GT3 unit developed 550 bhp, which surpassed
the 483 bhp from the F 430 Challenge and as well the 445 bhp from the GT2
stable mate, the 430 GTC.
The F 430 Challenge Trasformata GT3 received the best F1 knowledge Ferrari
could have implanted into a Ferrari registered for the road.
For sale – 2007 F430 GTC
All details about the sale HERE at ClassicDriver
History: Built since 2006 by Ferrari Corse Clienti department in collaboration with Michelotto Automobili, the F430 GTC is a racing car designed to compete in international GT2 class competition, such as in the American Le Mans Series, Le Mans Series, and FIA GT Championship. F430 GTCs also compete at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The GTC was the fastest and most developed racing version of the F430.
In FIA GT2 championship, in order to render the car performances more uniform, the cars are forced to run with a specific minimum weight and with an engine restrictor that depends on the engine displacement. Hence Ferrari destroked the 4.3 L V8 engine to 4.0 L in order to compete in the 3.8–4.0 L class in GT2 class racing, which is allowed to race with a minimum weight of 1,100 kg (2,425 lb). In this race configuration, the engine produces somewhat less power (445 PS (327 kW; 439 hp)) and by using the 4.0 L engine, the minimum weight of the F430 would increase by 50 kg (110 lb) but this is compensated by the reduced weight of the car, which yields a better power-to-weight ratio.
This 430 GTC 2 chassis #2480 was built in 2007 and raced into only at the Interlagos race. Since then the car was taken back to Michelotto where it had a complete restoration which was completed in 2019 and the car only had its first shakedown in early 2020. One of the last cars with a sequential manual gearbox, an amazing racing car that can compete in multiple racing events but also stand proud in any Ferrari collection.
Available by Veloce Classic Italia, Padova, Italy 🇮🇹
For sale – 2008 Ferrari F430 GTC
All details about the car HERE at Classic Driver
– The F430 GTC is Ferrari’s first modern GT to win at Le Mans
– Driven by Jérôme Policand and Anthony Beltoise in 2008 in GT OPEN
– A F430 GTC GT2 preserved – Maintained by Scott Sport – Overhauled engine 0 km – Ready to race
– Eligible for the best historic races: Dubaï GP Revival, Daytona Classic, Sebring Classic, Masters Endurance Legends, Endurance Racing Legends and Le Mans Classic
It was 20 years ago: Ferrari, which had developed the 333SP in the mid-1990s, winning several races in the United States, decided to return to the track with a serious commitment, but this time in GT. After the F50 GT1 project was abandoned and following the lack of support for the F40s a little earlier, Jean Todt created a new impetus. He gave the go-ahead to a programme of Ferrari V8s designed for the GT2 category, which later became GTE/GT3. While the first expression of this new ambition was the 360 Modena GTC, it was the F430 GTC that delivered the first truly prestigious successes, in particular the victories at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Ascott Collection now offers for sale one of the F430 GTC chassis that was rarely raced at the time and is therefore particularly well preserved. An excellent GT2 to enter in historic races, especially as it has been fully serviced.
The F430, designed as a race car
The Ferrari F430 (presented at the 2004 Paris Motor Show) was the heir to the 360 Modena. The new V8 coupé in the range! It shared its aluminium chassis with the 360 that had preceded it, but its design by Pininfarina (and more specifically Frank Stephenson) opened up a new chapter. Almost everything was new. The F430 drew inspiration from other Pininfarina creations, both modern and old, including the Enzo’s rear lights, side mirrors similar to those on the Testarossa and ducts integrated into the sides of the car. The dual air intake system was retained, but the wider air intakes were reminiscent of the legendary shark nose of the 156 F1 car of the 1960s. Although the overall shape was similar to that of the 360, the styling of the F430 was much more aggressive!
The F430 introduced Ferrari’s new 32-valve V8 engine with double overhead camshafts (F136 E). At the rear was the block developed jointly with Maserati, with its own 180-degree flat crankshaft. The road version was rated at 490 bhp, all at the rear wheels, with a six-speed manual gearbox or the optional six-speed F1 gearbox. The basis was thus excellent, signalling a new aesthetic and inaugurating a new technical base.
The development of the F430 GTC
Michelotto Automobili developed the F430 GTC with a view to making it eligible for all the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO) series. The F430 GTC were entered in the American Le Mans Series (ALMS), the Le Mans Series (LMS), the FIA GT Championship and, of course, the Le Mans 24 Hours! Michelotto worked directly with Ferrari Corse Clienti. From the outset, the F430 was guided by an official desire to enter Grand Touring. This had not been the case with the 360 Modena, which was initially developed by Jean-Michel Bourresche’s team (JMB) before receiving a helping hand from Maranello.
Work on the F430 base began at the end of 2004, with the first runs in October 2005! Development was accelerated, but nothing was left to chance.
The F430’s original aluminium chassis was reinforced with an aluminium tubular trellis cage in the cockpit. Mechanically, the engine displacement was reduced to 3,996 cm³ to make the car compatible with the GT2 category (allowing engines with displacements of 3.8 to 4.0 litres). The berlinetta was fitted with two silencers on the exhaust manifolds to limit noise. At the same time, the F430 gained weight – around 50 kg – to reach 1,130 kg on the scales.
Power, managed by means of flanges placed on the intake pipes in accordance with the regulations, fluctuated according to the championship from 430 to 470 bhp, available from 6,600 to 7,500 rpm.
In terms of aerodynamics, the underbody of the car was completely flat. To generate downforce, in addition to the excellent base provided by the F430, there was of course a rear wing with a wide range of adjustment options. The race versions of the F430 were fitted with lightweight 18-inch centre-nut wheels with Michelin slicks instead of the 19-inch wheels fitted with Pirelli tyres on the road cars. While the F430 road car’s adjustable dampers could be adjusted using a knob on the steering wheel, the F430 GTC’s suspension was not adjustable on the fly.
The first Ferrari V8 GT2 and GTE queen
The F430 GTCs made a great debut, winning the constructors’ championship and the FIA GT2 drivers’ title in 2006 and 2007, the ALMS constructors’ title in GT2 in 2007, and a class win in GT2 at Le Mans in 2008. The F430 GTC paved the way for the 458 GT2 and 488 GTE.
F430 GTCs have won a total of 11 FIA GT2 titles (4 manufacturers, 4 teams, 3 drivers), 4 LMS (2 teams and 2 drivers), 4 ALMS (1 manufacturer, 2 teams, 1 driver), 2 Asian Le Mans Series (1 team, 1 driver), 1 ILMC (1 manufacturer), 12 GT Open (4 in total, 3 teams and 5 drivers). Numerous titles were also won in national championships in Italy and Spain.
History of chassis #2602 offered for sale
Chassis 2602 was entered in GT OPEN by Jérôme Policand and Anthony Beltoise, where they finished 6th and 9th respectively in the two races at Valencia. For the rest of its career, this 430 GTC was mainly used for track days. In 2018, it was completely overhauled by Michelotto. In April 2018, following this overhaul, Formula 1 driver Andrea Montermini carried out a shakedown on the Adria circuit.
It was then sold to a Swiss competitor who entered it in the demonstrations that were organised by Peter Auto as part of the events at Dijon and Le Mans Classic before the Endurance Racing Legends series was launched. In November 2018, the F430 GTC was entered in Daytona Classic.
It was then sold to its current owner, who entrusted it to the British workshop ScottSport. On this occasion, the car’s ECU was converted to MOTEC by Lap Engineering and it was entered in the Le Mans 24 Hours support race in 2021.
A Ferrari F430 GTC preserved and overhauled
Since its birth in 2008, this Ferrari F430 GTC #2602 has been particularly well preserved and it is therefore a highly original Ferrari with a low mileage that Ascott Collection is proud to offer for sale. In order to offer its next owner a race-ready car, it was decided to benefit from the winter to overhaul the engine, change the fuel tank and carry out a new crack test. As a result, #2602 will be delivered with maximum potential in terms of engine hours and the validity of safety features. In 2024, the next owner of this superb Ferrari GT2 will be able to take part in many historic races: Gulf Historic, Daytona Classic, the Masters Endurance Legends series, the Endurance Racing Legends series and Le Mans Classic.
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- Raced as a factory-supported entry in FIA GT & the 24 Hours of Le Mans (twice)
- Driven by factory drivers Luis Perez-Companc, Jaime Melo, Gianmaria Bruni, Giancarlo Fisichella, Toni Vilander
- One of just 11 F430 GTC Evo “widebody” built
- Presented in race-ready condition with Ferrari Classiche certification
- Eligible for the Challenge and GT Days, Endurance Racing Legends, Masters Endurance Legends and Ferrari‘s Club Competizione GT program
We are delighted to offer this stunning 2008 ex-AF Corse Ferrari F430 GTC F131 EVO #2626 for sale.
The Ferrari 430 GTC was introduced in 2006 to replace the 360 GTC and to race in GT2 class in the FIA GT Championship, the American Le Mans Series and the Le Mans 24 Hours. Over the next 5 years, it became Ferrari’s most successful GT racing car of the late 2000s, both in Europe and the USA, taking multiple GT2 Driver’s & Manufacturers’ titles, plus GT2 class victory and podiums at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Developed in partnership by Corse Clienti and Michelotto Automobili, it was derived from the excellent F430 Berlinetta road car, whilst employing the many lessons learned from its racing predecessor, the 360 Modena GTC. The car’s 90 degree 4-litre V8 produced 450 bhp and was mated to a Hewland manual sequential gearbox and proved most reliable. Around 53 cars were produced in total, with just 11 of these being the later and very rare Evoluzione cars.
Right from its debut in 2006 up to its final season of top flight competition, the F430 GTC enjoyed success in every major national and international championship, plus the major endurance races. The model took the FIA GT2 Manufacturers’ Cup in 2006 & 2007, plus 3 consecutive GT2 Drivers’ titles in the same series across 2006-08. Across the Atlantic it took the 2007 ALMS GT2 Manufacturers’ title and perhaps ultimately took GT2 honours at the 2008 24 Hours of Le Mans. Needless to say the car took countless victories and podiums in races across the above series, plus many other national GT Championships.
Chassis 2626 is 1 of just 11 Evo cars built, and enjoyed a lengthy and successful career between 2008 and 2011. Prepared by AF Corse throughout its life, #2626 was raced both as a ‘works’ and a privateer entry in FIA GT and Le Mans Series. In addition, it competed and finished in the 2009 and 2011 24 Hours of Le Mans and the Sebring 12 hours. Many of the best Ferrari GT2 drivers raced 2626 including the likes of Giancarlo Fisichella, Jaime Melo, Gianmaria Bruni and Toni Vilander who were all factory drivers.
#2626’s inaugural season was in the 2008 FIA GT Championship where it raced as an AF Corse entry driven by Maria’s Russo and Luis Perez-Companc. The pairing were consistently successful in this hotly contested championship bringing home 1 win at San Luis, thereby helping AF Corse secure the Teams Championship. In 2009 it only raced in the 12 Hours of Sebring with a splendid 2nd in class and the 24hr of Le Mans where #2626 finished a respectful 6th in class. In 2010, the car had a busy racing schedule in the Le Mans Series (LMS) where it was mostly driven by Jaime Melo and Gianmaria Bruni with 2 wins, at Algarave and Silverstone, and a 2nd place finish in the Spa 1000k race.
2011 was the final season for #2626 with a repeat of its 2009 schedule of the Sebring 12 hours and Le Mans 24 hours. At Sebring, Pierre Kaffer, Giancarlo Fisichella and Gianmaria Bruni qualified 1st in class and finished 5th. At the Le mans 24hr, #2626 was entered in the GTE Am-class where Nicolas Marroc, Jean-Marc Menahem and Manual Rodrigues finished just outside the podium with a 4th in-class. The car’s impressive career saw it finish in the top 3 in class on 5 occasions with 3 victories and 2 podiums. In its life #2626 raced at many of the iconic circuits including Sebring, Le Mans, Spa-Francorchamps, Silverstone, Monza, Portimao and Paul Ricard. The full race history of chassis 2626 is listed in the History section below.
After it was retired from competition, AF Corse restored #2626, obtaining the coveted ‘Red Book’ Classiche certification in the process. The engine has been rebuild by Michelotto in 2019, the gearbox was rebuild in 2022 and both have less than 3000km running time (8000km life). The car is in stunning condition and comes with 2 sets of spare wheels, 1 splitter, 1 front bumper, exhaust silencer, LeMans gear-ratios and miscellaneous running spares. All date-related items such as the fuel cell, seat, belts and crack testing are current so that is in 100% race-ready condition with nothing further to spend. Evidence of its capabilities was given when #2626 was reunited with factory driver Toni Vilander at the Le Mans Classic 2023 ERL race where, despite stiff competition, it convincingly won its GT2C-class.
This is a rare opportunity to acquire a works supported Ferrari 430 GTC EVO “Wide Body” with impressive race history which would sit proudly in any discerning Ferrari collection while also being eligible to race in Peter Auto’s Endurance Racing Legends, Masters Endurance Legends and Ferrari‘s Club Competizione GT program where it would be a welcome and competitive entry.
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Asking price is EUR 275.000,–
For sale – 2018 Ferrari 488 GTE
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Price is EUR 1.011.500,–
The Ferrari 488 GTE is a remarkable racing car that combines technology, performance, and history. This racing car represents the legacy of the Ferrari brand and stands for continuous innovation and development in motorsport. The frame of the Ferrari 488 GTE is entirely made of aluminum and is designed to achieve an optimal combination of lightweight construction and strength. This ensures exceptional responsiveness and handling, precisely what a racing car needs. The GTE is based on a reinforced 488 road car to meet the demands of the racetrack. Two struts, one in the front and one in the rear, ensure safety by maximizing energy absorption and protecting the integrity of the cockpit in case of an accident. An integrated high-strength steel roll cage structure also reinforces the driver’s seat and the fuel tank itself. This structure guarantees perfect consumption and complete fuel utilization. The structure and kinematics of the suspension design have been completely redesigned specifically for the GTE, while retaining the concept of the road model. Adjustable front and rear stabilizers and shock absorbers are easily accessible to quickly optimize the car for racing. The electronic hardware and control software have been specially developed and designed for the GTE. The extensive use of motorsport components and the integration of electronic units through CAN and high-speed Ethernet communication ensure a high level of precision and maximum responsiveness in the controls. The boost control, traction control, and the ergonomic steering wheel with integrated traction control selection are the result of years of experience in GT racing and the evolution of Formula 1 single-seaters, allowing the driver to confidently exploit the full potential of the car. The data acquisition system, created with a powerful circuit board, enables in-depth performance analysis to improve the correlation between the vehicle’s configuration and its actual performance. Even the electrical system has been optimized to allow the driver to maximize the car’s potential. The GTE´s V8 turbocharged engine shows the most significant differences compared to the road version. The racing V8 has redesigned core components such as pistons, shafts, connecting rods, and turbochargers. The carefully positioned air cooler at the compressor outlet reflects the goal of achieving the quickest possible engine response. Continuous testing is carried out to achieve maximum performance, responsiveness, and superior handling. The completely removable body, except for the roof area, is made of carbon fiber. The body and frame combine to provide outstanding structural integrity, optimizing the car’s stability while remaining extremely lightweight. The 488 GTE continues the tradition of outstanding reliability, which has always been a source of great pride for Ferrari.
The offered vehicle has been converted to a 488 GTE 2019 EVO and specially optimized for long-distance races. It is equipped with five-way adjustable Multimatic dampers and features long-distance headlights, long-distance brakes, air conditioning, a driver helmet cooling system, cockpit lighting, a drinking system from Progressive Motorsport, a carbon fiber clutch, F1-style steel wheel nuts, Motec 4G telemetry, a rearview camera, a lithium battery, and a tire pressure and temperature monitoring system. It also offers a USB data recording and download system. The vehicle being offered here has an impressive history in various racing events, including:
– It achieved 3rd place in GT3 specification at the Fuji Blancpain Asia ProAm in 2018.
– It also secured 3rd place in the Blancpain Asia ProAm 2018 races in Suzuka and Ningbo.
– The vehicle achieved 2nd place in GT3 specification at the ProAm Suzuka 10 Hours in the same year.
– Another significant success was the victory in the GT3 specification at the California 8 Hours in 2019.
Under the GTE specifications, the Ferrari participated in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2020 but retired in 15th place, just 13 minutes before the end of the race due to technical issues. Through a complete revision of the vehicle, the engine, transmission, drive shafts, and shock absorbers have only covered a mileage of 4,700 KM.
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1994 Ferrari F40 Competition
Chassis no. ZFFGX34X000099401
・Fully restored by Michelotto Automobili
・As good as new
・Last of line that only produced 20
・Registered in Japan, allowed to drive on the streets
“Rare F40 competition perfectly restored by Michelotto Automobili”
Racing activity with F40 started under the leadership of Charles Pozzi SA, a Ferrari importer in France, who is well-known in racing industry. Back then, Racing division of the Ferrari Factory was focused on Formula One and Michellotto in Padova, Italy was assigned to development of the machine because they already had an experience on creating 288GTO Evolizione. Of course, Ferrari provided a big support for development of power train.
F40 Racing was called F40LM, short name for “Le Man”, and that was also decided based on the request by a French racing team. That was the name remind us of 250LM, 60’s racing car.
F40LM is a racing car that diverted from road car and only 2 cars were produced, and its usage as a race car was limited to IMSA (International Motor Sports Association).
It did not take long for V.I.P. customers to start requesting to have F40 with the same style of F40LM when they saw F40LM in IMSA. Ferrari was pleased to accommodate the requests by such customers and placed an order of the said vehicle to Michelotto Automibili and that was how F40 Competizione was created.
The distinguished exterior from base model attracts people’s attention. Fixed headlight, air duct on front cowl and movable rear spoiler are armed were installed to be competitive, yet remain gorgeous style. It was natural for F40 fans to tried to imitate the appearance of this vehicle.
As for an interior, F40 Competizione has more racing car-like taste than ever because digital meters and fire extinguisher are equipped and lining is done in very minimal amount.
Boost pressure was increased for the engine and it outputs more than 700hp that is 200hp more than the base model.
F40 Competizione was often called as F40LM because the design of exterior and interior, and the spec of power train are very similar to the ones that actually raced in IMSA.
This vehicle was sent to Michelotto Automobili of Padova to have very detailed restoration spending a full year from 2013 to 2014. Bodywork was done by Carrozzeria Nuova Rinascente (former Carrozzeria Cognolato) who had worked on the vehicle when it was first being produced. They did their work with scrupulous care throughout the vehicle even on the small details in order to recreate the quality of a brand new car. There is a restoration record with details of their work.
This is already registered in Japan, so it is ready for you to experience the legendary drive on the streets.
“The History of F40”
In 1986, the development of F40 was started and 288GTO Evoluzione, created in purpose of Group B competition, lay at the base of it. Insiders were calling the project as “Le Mans” and Michele Alboreto, a F1 driver, had joined the development team led by Nicola Materazzi.
A space structure with chrome molybdenum pipes holds the strong but light-weight cabin which constructed with many weightless parts i.e., Nomex, Carbon Kevlar, and Aluminum Honeycomb.
It was the traditional structure of Ferrari to have the cabin between suspension and power unit by combining with a sub-frame to accommodate them, but that tradition no longer seen after F40.
New weightless materials became possible to use because stress bearing to door panels were eliminated by the strong space structure. Carbon fiber is mainly used for the body panels and various composite materials are used on the chassis and the frame. A special glue was used to attach reinforcing materials onto the frames of pipe.
Under the supervision of Leonardo Fioravanti, a former chief designer of Pininfarina, Aldo Brovarone was in charge of exterior design. The most advanced aerodynamics was pursued with a large rear wing, a diffuser at the rear, and a flat floor. Blinkers and position lamps are covered by acryl and placed in the front of retractable headlights that are formed in thin rectangular shape.
NACA duct on the hood is for air conditioning and side intakes are for cooling intercooler and brakes. NACA duct is also on the upper fender as well and the left one is for oil-cooler for the engine; the right one is divided in two, the outer one is oil-cooler for the gear and the inner one is for the engine room.
Water-cooled V8 DOHC with 32 valves engine is named F120A. It is vertically mounted in the middle with twin IHI turbocharger and its displacement was increased from 2855cc of 288GTO to 2936; the turbo boost pressure was increased to 1.1 bar, maximum, from 0.8 bar. The fastest speed is announced to be 324km/h and maximum output of 478 PS and torque of 58.8km are recorded.
F40 was unveiled in Geneva Show in September of 1987 as a celebration of 40-year anniversary of Ferrari. The initial production volume was planned to be 400 cars, but 1351 cars were delivered because many of Ferraristas could not resist the beauty of F40 regardless of its price, 250,000 US dollars.
This vehicle has own extraordinary beauty of traditional body structure, different types of composite materials, and undeniable high performance. Many of F40 fans from all over the world are seeking for this machine, born in transition of 1970s’ super car generation to today’s super sports generation.
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1984 Ferrari 288 GTO Evoluzione
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1984 Ferrari 288GTO Evoluzione
Chassis number: ZFFPX16X0G0070167
・The first Evoluzione ever to roll out of the factory
・Powered by the only F114CR unit in existence
・The only street-legal example of the five
・Perfectly restored at Michelotto
“#70167 perfectly restored at its birthplace”
The Ferrari 288GTO Evoluzione introduced here is given the chassis number 70167 and powered by the only CR unit in existence. What this means is that #70167 was tested on public roads and is the only street-legal individual of the five 288GTO Evoluziones ever produced.
Aside from the #70887 car that was converted from the stock 288GTO (#50253), this #70167 was practically the first genuine Evoluzione constructed from scratch and has established its own spot in the history of legendary Ferraris. Except for #70250 exhibited at Ferrari Museum Maranello, it is very likely that the other three (#70887, #70888 and #70889) have been obtained by private hands. We are also told that #70887 is powered by the CR2 unit while #70250, #70888 and #70889 carry the F114B that is a standard 288 GTO power plant.
This example was sold by Pierre Bardinon collection, renowned worldwide for its array of monumental Ferraris, to Art Sports before a well-known Japanese enthusiast acquired it. After we made the acquisition, it was then sent back to Michelotto factory, where the car received a meticulous, nut-and-bolt restoration in order to get it back to new-car-like condition. It was a perfectly-carried-out restoration no one else could have given but Michelotto, who is still capable of providing almost every part of the special vehicles (F40 siblings, 333SP, etc.) that it took part in giving birth to.
“The prancing horse at the point of complete turnaround“
The Ferrari F40 still commands respect from Ferrari enthusiasts all over the world while the 288GTO remains one of the most sought-after model with its low volume of production at 272 and historic GTO signature. The 288GTO, targeted at Group B competition, ultimately evolved into the F40, but before the transformation, there was the 288GTO Evoluzione that played an important role as a link between the two.
The Evoluzione was a development vehicle that was based upon the 288GTO and paved the way for F40. Though there are a number of street-legal and competition Ferraris that are historically significant, the 288GTO Evoluzione will certainly be remembered as one that served a short-lived, but vital duty between the 288GTO and F40, two of the greatest Ferraris of all-time.
Right before the 288GTO was born, Michelotto gave birth to the 308GT/M, a prototype race car that totally changed the destiny of the company for good. It was a Group 4 racer based on the 308GTB which helped put the name “Michelotto” on the map as a racing Ferrari specialist. As Ferrari factory team lost interest in races outside the F1 circus, Michelotto started getting more deeply involved in race activities on their behalf.
In preparation of prototype racers for Group B category, Michelotto came up with the 308GT/M in 1984 with the longitudinally-mounted F105A unit that was originally designed for the 308GTB Quattro Valvole.
On the other hand, Ferrari in the early 80’s was in desperate need for a new high-performance model to replace the current lineup (including 308s and Berlinetta Boxers) that was falling behind the rivals in performance. The project led by Nicola Materazzi to develop a new hyper car would eventually result in the introduction of the 288GTO.
In 1984, the same year the Michelotto’s 308GT/M debuted, the Ferrari 288GTO was premiered worldwide. While Ferrari ended up with 272 examples in two years of production even though the GTO lost its opportunity to compete in the Group B category, Ferrari decided to develop the GTO Evoluzione after it found out the F114B unit had a lot of room left for improvement in order to create a more extreme sibling.
Since there still was a slim possibility left for the GTO to be able to compete in races at the time of development in 1986, the Evo. was going to be a joint project between Ferrari factory and Michelotto, who was getting recognized as a semi-factory Ferrari team.
Materazzi, who was in charge of developing the GTO, was again named the chief engineer by Enzo Ferrari for the creation of the Evo. and came up with two variations of prototype power plants by exploiting the performance envelope of the F114B. The mild of the two was the F114CR which produced “modest” 530ps and eventually powered the F40 in a few years. On the other hand, the F114CR2(CK) was more drastically upgraded to produce 650ps and found its place in the engine compartment of the F40 Competizione.
The significance of the 288GTO and F40 in Ferrari history will never be surpassed. The GTO is the final and complete form of “Fioravanti Ferrari” that concluded the era of old-fashioned supercars starting in the 70’s while the F40 kicked off the new age of super sports that still remains mainstream today. Widely recognized as the link between the two, this epoch-making 288GTO Evoluzione will certainly have its place in Ferrari history.
Ferrari ended up producing five examples of this highly sought-after prototype.