Ferrari 360 Challenge Stradale
Ferrari 360 Challenge Stradale | $ 189,000
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Ferrari 360 Challenge Stradale

Ferrari 360 Challenge Stradale

The challenge for Ferrari engineers while building the Challenge Stradale was to improve the race-track performance of the already-existing super race car, the Modena. And the Stradale came out trumps with an improvement that was beyond expectations. Thus, in year 2004 was born this street-legal racer, which continues to dazzle even though its production has been discontinued. Available for nearly similar price of $151,000, the Stradale boasted of a 110-kg weight reduction, a 3.5-seconds improvement in lap-time at the Fiorano circuit, an enhanced digital throttle and a sublime chassis-control compared to the Modena. The 2-seater coupe was assembled in Maranello in Italy and in spite of its name, it is a road car and not a part of Ferrari's Challenge race series.

 

Interior

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The focus in the Stradale has been to reduce weight. This is very evident in the construction and build quality of the interiors. Carbon seats which were optional in previous models has been made into standard issue in the Stradale. The leather upholstery has been replaced with Alcantara fabric. Sound-dampers on the inside have been plucked out so that the driver enjoys the engine-vroom better! The radio and music systems have been deleted. The seats have been made spacious and comfortable. The dash is extremely simple, yet functional. Aluminium pedals and a flattened-top steering wheel make driving easy while the excellent, lightweight climate control system keeps two people comfy within the car. All the interior body components have been built from advanced plastic compounds that are light and safe at the same time.

 

Exterior

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The design elements used in the Challenge Stradale come straight from the GT and other Challenge cars which are trackbound. The Stradale arrives with lots of aerodynamic modifications like the center stripe that runs from the front to rear over the bodywork. Stiffer spring coils have been used to reduce weight. This weight shift has lowered the center of gravity and thus the ride-height has been lowered by a stabler 15mm. This low squat ups the 'cool' quotient of the car. Other changes in design include a reshaped nose at the end of the hood, side-sills for better air-flow around rear wheels, a rear air extractor and a modified spoiler on the rear. The bumpers and skirts have been constituted by Resin Transfer Moulding to reduce weight.

 

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