One of the most important 430 GTC
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The Ferrari F430 shared its aluminum chassis with the 360 that preceded it, but its Pininfarina-penned styling charted a new course for Maranello. The F430 channeled Ferrari’s past designs with taillights from the Enzo, Testarossa-like side mirrors that stretched out from its A-pillars, and ducts integrated into its sides and front fascia akin to 1960s Formula 1 cars. Pininfarina’s Frank Stephenson is credited with the F430’s striking design.
Though its styling was eye-catching, the F430’s big newsmaker at its debut at the 2004 Geneva Motor Show was under its glass engine cover. The F430 marked the first use of Ferrari’s new dual overhead camshaft, 32-valve V-8 engine, codenamed F136 E. The 90-degree V-8 was co-developed with Maserati, but Maranello’s version got its own 180-degree flat-plane crankshaft. Chain-driven camshafts replaced rubber belts in the automaker’s previous eight-cylinder. The new, modern V-8 was the first clean-sheet design for Ferrari in about half a century. The new engine sent its approximately 490 hp to the rear wheels via either a six-speed manual transmission or the automaker’s six-speed F1 gearbox.
It did not take long for Ferrari to take the wraps off a GT2 racing version of the F430. Developed with longtime racing partner Michelotto Automobili, the F430 GTC was eligible for American Le Mans Series racing, the Le Mans Series, the FIA GT Championship, and even the 24 Hours of Le Mans!
The F430 GTC made use of a downsized 4.0-liter version of the new V-8 in order to comply with FIA rules. The F430 GTC’s engine was rated at 470 hp, but its impressive power-to-weight ratio meant it was significantly faster than the 550-hp F430 GT3. A six-speed sequential-shift transmission put power to the wheels in rapid fashion.
The F430 GTC featured a big rear wing with an integrated Gurney flap to enhance the design’s already impressive downforce plus carbon fiber body panels to reduce weight. Race cars rode on 18-inch center-lock lightweight wheels wrapped in Michelin racing slicks rather than the 19-inch wheels with Pirelli tires on street cars. While the road-going F430 debuted adjustable dampers could be tweaked via a knob on its steering wheel, the F430 GTC’s suspension retained garage-only adjustment. Noting the difference between the street F430 and the F430 GTC during a test at Miller Motorsports Park in Utah in 2012, Road & Track wrote that the two Ferraris “are like shades of red: in a similar family, yes, but totally different.”
The F430 GTC got off to a strong start by winning the FIA GT2 Manufacturers’ Cup and Drivers’ title in 2006 and 2007, the ALMS GT2 Manufacturers’ Title in 2007, and it won the GT2 class at Le Mans in 2008. Ultimately, the F430 GTC made Ferrari a dominant force in GT racing, and this has continued with the 458 GT2 and 488 GTE. Including the 430 GTC prototype (chassis 2404) that is also owned by us, it is believed that approximately 53 examples were built in total.
Specific history of this car:
The featured car, chassis 2642 can seen as one of the very first Ferrari Works cars. It was entered by the Piacenza based team AF Corse of Amato Ferrari, who until today runs all the Ferrari Works cars in the WEC championship.
The car was first entered in the 2009 FIA GT championship with the two star drivers Gianmaria Bruni and Toni Vilander. Bruni today is known as one of the most successful GT drivers ever!
Date Event Drivers Result
7 Apr 2009 FIA GT Test Paul Richard Bruni/Vilander unknown
3 May 2009 Tourist Trophy Silverstone Bruni/Vilander 11th
16 May 2009 FIA GT Adria Bruni/Vilander 2nd
21 Jun 2009 FIA GT Oschersleben Bruni/Vilander 1st
26 Jul 2009 24h Spa-Francorchamps Bruni/Vilander/Melo/Perez-Companc 1st
30 Aug 2009 FIA GT Hungaroring Bruni/Vilander 2nd
20 Sep 2009 FIA GT Algarve Bruni/Vilander 6th
4 Oct 2009 FIA GT Paul Richard Bruni/Vilander 1st
After the 2009 season Ferrari – AF Corse won the Team Championship as well as the Manufacturers Cup with #2642. A huge success for Ferrari and drivers Bruni/Vilander!
For 2010 and 2011 the car was mainly entered in the very popular International and Italian GT Championship:
18 Apr 2010 Int. GT Open Valencia Talkanitsa/Talkanitsa Race 1: 22nd, Race 2: 14th
25 Apr 2010 Italian GT Misano Aguas/Garafano Race 1: 6th, Race 2: DNF
2 May 2010 Int. GT Open Nürburgring Talkanitsa/Talkanitsa Race 1: 14th, Race 2: 17th
9 May 2010 Italian GT Vallelunga Aguas/Garafano Race 1: 1st, Race 2: 3rd
23 May 2010 Int. GT Open Imola Talkanitsa/Talkanitsa Race 1: 17th, Race 2: 20th
6 Jun 2010 Italian GT Magione Aguas/Garafano Race 1: 5th, Race 2: 1st
27 Jun 2010 Int. GT Open Spa Talkanitsa/Talkanitsa Race 1: 11th, Race 2: 9th
4 Jul 2010 Italian GT Imola Cadei/Garafano Race 1: 3rd, Race 2: DNF
11 Jul 2010 Int. GT Open Magny-Cours Talkanitsa/Talkanitsa Race 1: 9th, Race 2: 10th
25 Jul 2010 Italian GT Mugello Cadei/Garafano Race 1: 7th, Race 2: DNF
19 Sep 2010 Int. GT Open Brands Hatch Talkanitsa/Talkanitsa Race 1: 11th, Race 2: 8th
26 Sep 2010 Italian GT Vallelunga Rangoni/Garafano Race 1: DNF, Race 2: DNF
3 Oct 2010 Int. GT Open Monza Talkanitsa/Talkanitsa Race 1: 12th, Race 2: 8th
24 Oct 2010 Italian GT Monza Rangoni/Garafano Race 1: 2nd, Race 2: DNF
31 Oct 2010 Int. GT Open Barcelona Talkanitsa/Talkanitsa Race 1: 13th, Race 2: DNF
21 Nov 2010 6h Vallelunga Mapelli/Garafano/Rangoni 1st
1 May 2011 Int. GT Open Imola Rangoni/Garafano Race 1: 2nd, Race 2: DNF
15 May 2011 Int. GT Open Magny Cours Rangoni/Garafano Race 1: 7th, Race 2: 5th
26 Jun 2011 Int. GT Open Spa Rangoni/Garafano Race 1: DNF, Race 2: 3rd
24 Jul 2011 Int. GT Open Brands Hatch Rangoni/Garafano Race 1: 7th, Race 2: 2nd
28 Aug 2011 Int. GT Open Zeltweg Rangoni/Garafano Race 1: 4th, Race 2: 9th
18 Sep 2011 Int. GT Open Algarve Rangoni/Garafano Race 1: 6th, Race 2: 15th
After its active, professional racing career the car was sold by AF Corse to an amateur racer and collector. The car was then mainly used for club racing or track days within Europe. It was subsequently restored back to its 2009 championship winning spec and underwent the Ferrari Classiche certification program.
The car will now be sold with a very interesting and valuable spares package, the Ferrari Classiche red book and well as some period documentation.
This is a rare opportunity to purchase a real piece of Ferrari racing history that is also eligible for the Ferrari Club Competizioni GT, the Masters series of the Peter Auto series only to mention a few.