For sale – 1995 Ferrari F355 Challenge

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GENTLEMEN PILOTS
Porsche had paved the way for the single-brand, single-product Challenge with the Porsche Cup. On weekends, (happy) owners of Porsche 944 Turbo, then Porsche 911 were engaged in knife battles! The return of the Gentlemen Drivers in the 1960s. With this in mind, Ferrari tried the adventure in 1993 with the Ferrari Challenge. Mission accomplished, success was achieved and nearly 50 Ferrari 348 “courted” Ferrari 348s competed on weekends on the circuit. With the Ferrari F355, Maranello moved up a gear and improved its sedan, which became the F355 “Challenge”…

DESIGN
Fortunately, we find the lines of the Ferrari F355, designed with unparalleled success by Pininfarina and her wind tunnel. A true stylistic heir to the Ferrari 348 lineage, the F355 Challenge, on the other hand, like its sisters in the series, has abandoned some very “eighties” eccentricities such as the square tail lights behind the grid for classic round lights. Similarly, the lines have softened compared to the 348, which has gained both grace and elegance. A grace that turns into aggressiveness and sportiness on the F355 Challenge since the trim is lowered, the wheels are wider with a more negative camber, which accentuates the sportiness of this racing berlinette. As a worthy competition car, the F355 Challenge does not allow its towing rings to protrude elegantly from its front and rear bumpers in the event of a breakdown or accident on the circuit. The entire lower part of the hull, as on standard models, benefits from a neat aerodynamics with a fairing that improves airflow under the car and promotes ground effect (like a suction cup). This allows the F355s to dispense with a fin. But it should be noted that from 1999 the F355 Challenge will win a rear spoiler that will contribute to improving the offset and therefore the speed of passage in curves. The interior may look identical to a standard F355 to the layman, but the discerning enthusiast will detect new bucket seats with a cage hoop and harnesses. All soundproofing was removed to save weight, and some pilots also chose to remove the air conditioner. For racing purposes, a fire extinguisher is also standard. Finally, we always find with pleasure the metal grid and the fine lever overhung by its ball… In the small details, the stylized “Challenge” monogram is attached to that of “F355” on the stern of the car.

ENGINE
Although the original mechanics of the standard F355 are particularly efficient and well designed, Maranello’s engineers have had to rethink many of the details associated with intensive racing use. In order to ensure that moving parts are always ideally lubricated, the lubrication system is optimized to be more efficient. The cooling fans are larger so that the 40-valve V8 can breathe as well as possible. All gearbox and engine mounts are replaced by stronger models and the exhaust is more efficient and noisier! The result of the engineers’ work brings the power to 380 hp at 8,250 rpm, an improvement of 60 horsepower compared to the last Ferrari 348 Challenge! The competitors were strictly monitored by the technical commissaires of the Ferrari Challenge and the V8s were only allowed to make simple adjustments. The gearbox is arranged transversely and has six gears (with reverse).

CHASSIS
The chassis is based on the standard F355s. Logically, we therefore find a supporting steel frame with welded tubes of variable cross-sections. An auxiliary chassis on which the powertrain is grafted accompanies it according to a method widely proven at Ferrari (the Ferrari BB 512i was already designed in this way). The bodywork is therefore placed like a skin on the chassis and is made of aluminium and steel depending on the parts. The four wheels are independent and are fixed on superposed quadrilateral suspensions. The damping of the standard version is retained with its electronic active control to limit changes in attitude according to the dynamic circumstances of the car. This is all the more useful in racing (compared to road use) where the importance of being able to brake as late and as well as possible in order to play as well as possible on mass transfer is vital. Four ventilated discs take care of braking the car at best and above all for a long time with an ABS that could be disconnected for demanding drivers. The 18-inch wheels were equipped with either 245/265-18 AV and 305/645-18 AR Pirelli slicks or 225/40 ZR 18 AV and 265/40 ZR 18 AR Pirelli PZero rain tyres.

Our Ferrari F355 Challenge was delivered new in 1995. It took part to the 2001 Spa Ferrari Days in its black and yellow livery, the colours of Ferrari UK. It became then the property of Charlie White in 2005, who drove it for several seasons in the Pirelli Ferrari Open often on the podium, and regularly in the top 5. Serviced in 2015 by Toni Auto, it has since been rarely used, just for a few track days and more recently for a demonstration at the Global Endurance Legends by Peter Auto in 2018. It has been well maintained in working order by its current owner at a workshop in the south of France hosting many of these racing cars from the 90s-2010s. With less than 20,000km, the security equipments are up to date. The F355 Challenge is the perfect car both on track days, as well as for the new series celebrating the more recent racing cars.

1994 Ferrari 348 Challenge at Worldwide Auctioneers

Estimate is around US $ 150.000

CHASSIS NO: ZFFRG35A5R0098818

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• 1 of only 32 factory Challenge race cars produced by Ferrari
• One of the only cars that was never raced
• Only 20,772 miles from new
• Exceptional original condition
• Included are books, tools, records, window sticker and extra keys

3,405 cc DOHC V-8 engine, Bosch Motronic fuel injection, 312 HP at 7,200 RPM, five-speed manual transaxle, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, four-wheel double-wishbone suspension with coil springs and shock absorbers

The 348 Challenge cars were the first in the line of the Ferrari Challenge models which are still being produced to this day. As an important part of modern Ferrari history, genuine Challenge cars are now becoming increasingly sought-after. These original factory race cars were modified from the factory with special features that included factory roll bar mounts, racing belt eyelets behind the driver and passenger seats, lightweight fiberglass bumpers and modified suspension geometry. These special factory race cars were then shipped from Maranello to authorized Ferrari dealers for their final Challenge specification parts to be installed. These items included OMP roll cages, OMP racing seats, OMP five-point harnesses, 18” Speedline wheels, Challenge specification exhausts, Challenge springs and more. The Ferrari 348 and 355 Challenge cars have the distinction of being the last Ferrari factory racing cars produced that could be driven on the street and mark the end of an era. These last Challenge cars still retained a manual gearbox and do not have on-board computers, traction control and F1 gearboxes, making them fairly easy to repair and service. These cars are raw, pure and very fun to drive.

Ferrari produced just 32 factory Challenge cars for the American market. This exceptional example, Chassis Number 098818, was delivered new to Ferrari of Monterey, in Monterey, California. The owner’s manual was signed by none other than Al Roberts, of Ferrari Challenge fame. What is most unusual and of interest to many Ferrari historians is the fact that the words “Challenge Package” and “Ferrari 348 TB Challenge” are written on its original factory window sticker. Equally rare is the fact that this 348 Challenge is potentially one of only three or four of these cars never converted for racing. It has never been raced and has spent its entire life as a road car in Southern California. This highly desirable Ferrari is in stunning original condition with original paint, original interior and with all its rare and identifiable Ferrari 348 Challenge specifications. Equally at home on the road or on the track, this is a rare chance to acquire one of the most significant Ferraris of the era.

 

2015 Ferrari FXX K at RM Sothebys Auction Abu Dhabi

Estimate $4,000,000 – $4,500,000

Chassis No.
ZFF84DXX000209077
 
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  • Single ownership from new
  • Just under 250 km from new, never driven in an XX Programme event
  • Ferrari’s most potent track-only, limited-production automobile; 1,035 bhp

Following in the footsteps of the popular Challenge Series, Ferrari and their Corse Clienti division realized that there was a market to produce and sell a limited production run of a track-only Ferrari supercar not intended for racing. These would be offered only to “friends of the house,” offering a unique experience to collaborate with the factory and develop the future generation of road cars. Over the course of the summer of 2005, prototypes of what would become the FXX were shown to clients whom Ferrari thought worthy by invitation only to gauge interest. Formally introduced to the public at the Bologna Motor Show that same year, only thirty-eight examples were built over the course of production. A Corse Clienti version of the 599 GTB, the 599XX, was also introduced in 2009, offering clients the same experience as the FXX, yet in a front-engined package.

The true successor to the FXX would not be announced until after a new Ferrari hypercar; once the hybrid-electric LaFerrari broke cover at the Geneva Auto Show in 2013, it was only natural that a track-only version for use in Corse Clienti events would follow. The FXX K was first unveiled at Ferrari’s Finali Mondiali held at Yas Marini Circuit in Abu Dhabi in 2014.

Power in both the FXX K’s electric and petrol-powered motors was raised to 1,035 bhp in total, meaning 187 bhp from the electric motor and 848 bhp from the 6.3-litre V-12, an 85 bhp jump in total. Naturally, the car’s aerodynamics were also seriously reviewed and optimised for use on the track, with the nose receiving a two-part splitter and vertical fins on either end. A twin-profile rear spoiler defines the rear end visually and helps to manage downforce, which is increased by as much as 50% over the LaFerrari. Boasting a much more menacing stance as a result, the FXX K is 194 mm longer and also 59 mm wider than its road-going sibling. Finally, the FXX K tips the scales at around 1,255 kg, some 90 kg lighter than the LaFerrari. It is able to lap Fiorano in just 1:14, five seconds faster than the LaFerrari.

Painted in traditional Rosso Corsa with silver highlights and wearing the race number 7, this FXX K is offered today from the collection of its first and only owner. Since its delivery, the car has not been driven in any Corse Clienti events. It is presented in ‘standard’ guise and can be upgraded to ‘Evo’ specifications by Corse Clienti in Maranello, should its next owner choose, or can be enjoyed as delivered in its current configuration. With less than 250 km on the odometer, this FXX K is presented today in virtually as-new condition throughout.

Ownership of an FXX K truly offers a unique and exciting side of Ferrari ownership and on-track driving. Owners work in close collaboration with Ferrari’s own engineers and professional test drivers to hone and improve their driving on some of the world’s most incredible racetracks in a non-competitive format. Ready to be driven in Corse Clienti events worldwide in 2020 and beyond, this is an incredible opportunity for an enthusiast to become part of the Ferrari family.

Six Ferrari crews chasing victory in Shanghai

Maranello | 3 November 2019
Expectation is growing ahead of the 4 Hours of Shanghai, the third round of Season 8 of the FIA World Endurance Championship, which sees six Ferrari crews line up in LMGTE Pro and Am classes. In what has traditionally proved to be an awkward circuit for Prancing Horse’s 488 GTEs, the race result, as the season opening has proved, will be a hard outcome to predict, with weather conditions likely to be a further determining factor.

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