For sale – Ferrari F355 Challenge Rhd. Superb original car

All details and more pictures HERE

One of only eleven UK RHD examples and One of only sixteen worldwide. Under 14k miles, 6 owners and HPI clear.

2nd overall in the UK Ferrari Challenge series in 1996

The car has UK road registration and is fabulously original with original Challenge seats, roll cage , steering wheel, and lightweight parts.

The car is in correct mechanical challenge specification which includes F40LM brakes and rotors, Challenge suspension, Carbon rear wing, Clutch , Anti Roll Bars, Bushes, Ducting and Challenge ECU and ABS upgrades.

Well known to the Ferrari Owners Club GB. Superb for the collector or to compete in the Pirelli Ferrari Classic which runs with the Ferrari Challenge UK series. Previously owned by renowned Ferrari specialist and friend to WalkerSport Nick Cartwright.

Extensive history file, bills, receipts documents and preparation history.

This is a superb non damaged car in excptional condition and beautifully original.

Price includes full engine out cam belt service, annual service and brake fluid change.

Price: £159995

No Reserve Auction: 1995 Ferrari F355 Challenge

All details about the auction HERE at Bring a Trailer
 
This 1995 Ferrari F355 is one of 108 Challenge models produced and was first sold by Wide World of Cars in Spring Valley, New York.
 
The car reportedly served as a support vehicle at the Coppa Milano-Sanremo road rally and was driven at COTA, Mont Tremblant, and Road America before being listed on BaT in March 2018 and acquired by the seller in 2019.
 
Power comes from a 3.5-liter quad-cam V8 that was last rebuilt in 2014 and is paired with a six-speed manual gearbox. A repaint in red was carried out in 2008.
 
This F355 Challenge is offered in California with a copy of the Ferrari Certificate of Origin, an SCCA logbook, service records, a spare set of wheels, a set of cylinder heads, a clean Carfax report, and a clean Montana title in the name of the seller’s LLC.
 
The Challenge featured a rear wing and a black mesh rear grille as well as solid suspension bushings and competition springs. This example was repainted in its factory Rosso Corsa by The Pit Stop of Brisbane, California in January 2008 along with application of new vinyl livery. A walk-around video has been provided by the seller.
 
White 18″ Speedline magnesium alloy wheels are mounted with Bridgestone Potenza RE-11 tires. An additional set of wheels is included in the sale. Braking is handled by Brembo calipers paired with 14″ slotted rotors. Brake and suspension overhauls were performed by The Pit Shop in November 2008, while the brake ducts, ABS sensor, and power steering pump were replaced in March 2014 along with service of the shocks, wheel bearings, and brakes.
 
The cockpit features Cobra Imola racing seats and OMP harnesses that were fitted in 2014, while new seat brackets were installed and the gauges rewired in December 2015. Additional features include a roll cage, a fire suppression system, engine and battery cut-off switches, and an aluminum center tunnel with a gated shifter.
 
A quick-release Momo steering wheel frames AutoMeter instruments including a rotated tachometer with a shift light and readouts for oil pressure and coolant temperature. Oil temperature and fuel gauges are mounted in the aluminum center console along with a counter showing just over 229 engine hours. Total mileage is unknown.
 
The 3.5-liter dry-sump V8 features a Bosch Motronic ignition system, five valves per cylinder, and dual overhead camshafts. Engine rebuilds were performed by The Pit Stop in November 2008 and March 2014, with invoices from the work viewable in the gallery below. A new V-belt and alternator were installed in December 2015. An additional set of cylinder heads is included in the sale.
 
Power is sent to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual transaxle. A new clutch was installed in March 2014, and the mufflers and brackets were coated with Jet-Hot in December 2015. A new CV boot was installed under previous ownership in 2018.
 
The Ferrari Certificate of Origin copy confirms that the car was delivered from the factory in Challenge specification and delivered to Wide World of Cars on February 22, 1996. Service records from 2007 to December 2015 totaling over $160k can be seen in detail in the gallery.

E-Sports – Le Mans: unique, virtual show at Ferrari Museum, Maranello

Maranello | 5 June 2020
Special installation for visitors to follow the Ferrari Competizioni GT drivers and technicians participating in the first ever virtual 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The Ferrari Museum  at Maranello from 10 June will be  hosting a new and exciting initiative for the “24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual”. A  box will be recreated in which visitors can watch live stars of the first ever virtual edition of the endurance classic. The Museum is already home to the “Ferrari at 24 Heures du Mans” exhibition dedicated to 70 years of Prancing Horse victories on the French track.

Visitors will have the chance to see the official drivers of the 488 GTEs no. 51 and 71 chosen for this race, as well as the two FDA Hublot Esport Team drivers of car no. 52, in action on the simulators set up in the Museum.  Charles Leclerc and Antonio Giovinazzi will participate remotely. Since the previous announcement, the line-ups have been revised and are now as follows:

Ferrari 488 GTE no. 51 – Nicklas Nielsen, David Perel, Kasper Stoltze, Matteo Caruso
Ferrari 488 GTE no. 52 – Charles Leclerc, Antonio Giovinazzi, Enzo Bonito, David Tonizza
Ferrari 488 GTE no. 71 – Miguel Molina, Federico Leo, Amos Laurito, Jordy Zwiers

Competizioni GT technicians and engineers will also be present to help select  optimal race set-ups and strategies. This unique opportunity will bring the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans to Maranello and allow fans and enthusiasts to experience it in complete safety and in full compliance with the social distancing regulations already implemented by all Ferrari Museums since their reopening on 18 May. As well as the provisions adhering to  the recent ministerial decree, further measures have been introduced for the two Museums inspired by Ferrari’s “Back on Track” programme. Masks are compulsory, except for children under six, and will be provided by the Museum free of charge. Given current limited access , time slots and ticket purchasing can be made through the online ticket office at the Museums’ websites (musei.ferrari.com/en).

The first free practices will take place on Wednesday 10 and Thursday 11 June from 10 am to 10 pm. On Friday 12 June  the session will end at 5 pm, just before the official qualifying which, for GTE class cars, is from 6:10 pm to 6:25 pm. On these days, the Museum will follow the traditional opening hours (9:30 am – 7 pm) whilst  on Saturday 13 June opening will be extended to midnight. This will allow visitors to experience at first hand the magic of  night hours, a period that usually proves decisive for the final result. On Saturday 13 June at 3 pm the French flag will signal the start of the race which ends at the same time on Sunday 14 June.

Full story HERE at races.ferrari.com

The mighty Maserati MC12 was the poster child for noughties GT racing

 

The fantastic Maserati is for sale HERE at Jan B. Lühn

Full story here at Classic Driver

If there’s a single car that defines GT racing in the noughties, it’s the mighty Maserati MC12. The Enzo-derived supercar vanquished the opposition in the FIA GT Championship, clinching 14 combined titles over the course of a seven-year career. This highly original ex-Works example is now for sale…

Do you remember the small series of grainy spy shots that did the rounds in the early 2000s showing a secretive all-black Ferrari Enzo development mule pounding around Fiorano? 

Thanks to the sinister looking prototype’s enormous rear wing, crudely fabricated tubular air intakes atop the engine lid, Speedline light-alloy wheels and primitive body kit, the automotive press speculated that this was Ferrari’s next sports-racing car, built in the same vein as the F40 GTE and ultimately ill-fated F50 GT. But they were wrong. 

It was in fact the beginnings of Maserati’s MC12 GT1 project, the car with which the Trident would return to international endurance racing for the first time in 37 years. Under Ferrari’s control, and with all the Maranello giant’s resources at hand, Maserati determined that a supercar derived from the existing Enzo platform that it could take racing in the FIA GT Championship, the rules for which had been liberalised ahead of the 2004 season, was a great way of refamiliarizing the world with the illustrious marque. 

To homologate the MC12 for racing, Maserati was required to build at least 25 road-going versions of the supercar, which it duly did (it actually produced a second series of 25 cars for 2005, so there are 50 MC12 road cars in total). 

The Ferrari Enzo’s monocoque chassis, soul-stirring six-litre V12 engine and six-speed electrohydraulic manual gearbox were clothed in a larger and more aerodynamically aggressive carbon-fibre frock conceived by Giorgetto Giugiaro and honed by Frank Stephenson. The only aesthetic feature it carried over from the Enzo was the windscreen. In terms of visual extravagance, we reckon the MC12 is more than worthy of its place in the furiously contested noughties supercar hall of fame. 

Meanwhile, development work was simultaneously underway on the racing car. And there’s the MC12’s trump card. Whereas virtually all the other manufacturers in the FIA GT Championship had transformed their high-volume production cars into racers, Maserati did pretty much the opposite. 

The resulting GT1 car – which, other than its 250kg weight loss, sequential gearbox and steel-rotor brakes, was remarkably similar to its road-going counterpart – would prove to be devastatingly successful. We can’t help but think about how Porsche and Mercedes-Benz turned the endurance racing world on its head in the late 1990s with the purpose-built 911 GT1 and CLK AMG GTR. Was it in the true spirit of the Grand Touring regulations? Probably not. Did it work? Without a shadow of doubt. 

To say the MC12 was a great racing car would be one hell of an understatement. Campaigned under a plethora of Works-backed and privateer teams including AF Corse, JMB Racing and Vitaphone Racing Team, it won 40 of the 96 races it entered and over the course of its extraordinary seven-year competition career, racked up six FIA Teams’ Championships, two Manufacturers’ Championships for Maserati and six Drivers’ Championships. And the only reason it didn’t win – or indeed race – at Le Mans was because the ACO feared it would leave everything else for dust. 

So, what of this particular car, which is one of the mere 11 MC12 GT1s built by Maserati and currently offered for sale with the Classic Driver dealer and competition car guru Jan B. Lühn

“This car, chassis 003, is one of the earliest MC12 GT1s built and was raced under the banners of the factory Maserati Corse outfit and two Works-assisted teams: AF Corse in the 2004 FIA GT Championship in Europe and Risi Competizione across the pond in the 2005 ALMS season,” Lühn comments, “It was one of the two cars that made the MC12’s racing debut at Imola in 2004, where it finished third in the hands of Johnny Herbert and Fabrizio de Simone – a sure sign of things to come.”  

While an outright victory eluded chassis 003, it scored second places in Dubai and Zhuhai in 2004 and as the sole MC12 to contest the 10-round American Le Mans Series in 2005 (with special dispensation from IMSA), scored two podiums, at Mosport and Petit Le Mans, and an impressive fifth place in the prestigious 12 Hours of Sebring. Following its final appearance that year, the car was bought by a collector whose primary aim was to preserve it in the exact specification and condition in which it last turned a wheel in anger. The result today is that it’s arguably the most original MC12 GT1 of the bunch and, as an early car campaigned only by teams on behalf of Maserati itself, also one of the most significant.

“Unlike Ferrari’s racing cars, which are built by Michelotto, the development of the MC12 was carried out by Maserati with Ferrari’s support,” continues Lühn. “It was built by the factory to be a Works car but also to be sold to ‘ultra-customers’ such as Michael Bartels of the Vitaphone Racing Team. 

“The MC12 really was the car to beat in European GT racing – all the other cars competing were road cars transformed into racers, but the idea here was always to begin with a racing car and homologate it for the road. The concept was far ahead of everything else at that time. Maserati exploited the rule change and it worked.” 

Not only is the Maserati MC12 considerably rarer than the Ferrari Enzo upon which it’s based, but it also boasts elevated status as a homologation special and is, in our opinion, far more striking from an aesthetic point of view. So why are values for the road car only on a par with the Ferrari? Lühn wholeheartedly agrees and suggests it’s a similar story with the racing cars. Although that’s bound to change with the emergence of the flourishing ‘Endurance Legends’ series from Masters and Peter Auto, which, by the way, chassis 003 is extremely eligible for, not to mention a potential frontrunner. 

“If there’s one car I regret selling in my career it’s the ex-Works Porsche 911 GT1,” concludes Lühn, “but if anything comes close to that car, it’s this Maserati MC12 – I think it’s one of the most attractive modern racing cars and I just love it.” High praise, indeed. Now, who’s going to take it back to Sebring? 

Photos: Michael Jurtin for Jan B. Lühn © 2020