2004 Ferrari 360F1
Year of manufacture3/2004
Mileage53 000 km / 32 933 mi
Car typeConvertible / Roadster
Electric windowsYesClimate controlYesAirbagsYesABSYesImmobilizerYes
Number of doors2
Number of seats2
Performance294 kW / 400 PS / 395 BHP
Sedili Racing blu
In 1999, the end of the millennium and the imminent start of the 2000s bring new ideas and innovative styles. An era closes, another one opens, different, with new forms, conceptual thoughts hitherto unexplored. A mini-revolution that also involves the automotive sector, including Ferrari. Which, as often happens, stands out: because the Rossa renews by keeping in tradition. It sounds like a paradox, but it isn't.
In Maranello they want to replicate the success of the sports cars with V8 engines, namely the 308 and the F355. The new creature conceived by the engineers will have to mount the same engine, but with different technical characteristics. From the point of view of style, the supercar “in red” of the new millennium will represent the beginning of a new road. A new path, called 360 and undertaken together with an industry guarantee such as Pininfarina.
The berlinetta produced by Maranello is presented at the 1999 Geneva Motor Show. Small, snappy, sporty. The outsiders immediately hit. In fact, the car does not have the classic lines of the previous 'colleague' F355. It has a rear-wheel drive engine, like other Ferrari sports cars, but it is the first Red to sport the all-aluminum chassis, which makes it 28% lighter than the 355, despite being larger. There are no longer "retractable" headlights, replaced by "visible" ones with, among other things, a new lighting system.
The features make the 360 an example to follow, even today, for all modern supercars. They also noticed it in Maranello itself: in the construction of the very recent F8 Tributo, and not only, it is possible to find inspirations directly taken from the 360. Which, in its basic version, is launched with the name of Modena. The V8, which has 5 valves per cylinder, is equipped with an increased displacement, compared to the 355, to 3856 cc, capable of delivering a power of 400 hp at 8500 rpm. 0-100 km / h is reached in 4.5 seconds.
The spyder version was already produced in 2000. Distinctive feature is the fact that the V8 is visible from the rear window. The canvas roof can be folded electronically, while the “F1” gearbox directly derived from the single-seaters on which Michael Schumacher was racing in those years is made available to customers.
However, Luca Cordero di Montezemolo, in those president of the Cavallino, benefits from a spyder of his own, who for his birthday receives a 360 Barchetta F1, in Alloy Gray color, made in a single example, from Gianni Agnelli.
The 360's connection with sport does not end there. In fact, in the same year 2000 the car was chosen to compete in various competitions. The 360 Challenge is then processed. The name derives from participation in the Ferrari single-make championship, but the car also competes in FIA races and in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The 300 models of the Challenge are equipped with standard mechanics, but weigh 120 kg less than the Modena. The most powerful engine boasts 415 hp, with the exception of the 360 GTC. This latest model, created in collaboration with the Paduan company Michelotto, and its 445 HP show all their power in Gran Turismo races.
In 2003 comes the latest version. The Challenge Stradale is specially designed for those customers who want to relive the thrills of racing on the track on the road. With due precautions, it goes without saying. It is offered in a coupé version like the Modena, but is equipped with elements found in racing cars. The brake discs are made of composite material, carbon and ceramic, two side openings are inserted in the front bumper and the side skirts are made more prominent.
The hood is also raised and the trim is lowered by 15 mm. In addition, carbon rear-view mirrors - also present in the shell that covers the internal seats - and 19 '' wheels.
The presence of carbon and other light materials such as titanium also lightens the weight of the car. From a performance point of view, the Challenge Stradale is talked about with its 425 HP. The famous “F1” gearbox is also speeded up, from 200 milliseconds (those of the Modena) to 150. Features to ensure that the driver can feel, for a day, like at the Circuit de la Sarthe in Le Mans.
The news, later, ends and the Ferrari 360, in 2004, ends its cycle. To replace it is the F430. In style and features, it takes inspiration from the 360 itself. It is only the first of a long series of supercars that in their development will look to the history of Modena and the Challenge Stradale.