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The 550 Maranello marked Ferrari's return to a front-engine, rear-wheel drive layout for its 2-seater 12-cylinder model, 23 years after the 365 GTB/4 Daytona. When realised the car commended great reviews with the likes of Nikki Lauda saying “You can forget the 512. No comparison. This is the first modern Ferrari, and the first I would really want to own.”
First introduced at the 2003 Geneva International Motor Show, the Challenge Stradale was a limited production, high performance, road-legal version of the 360, where the design objective was 20% track day use and 80% road use. In total only 1,288 Challenge Stradale’s were made world wide, making it rarer than a Ferrari F40. The Ferrari 360 Challenge Stradale featured the following upgrades.
Ferrari 360 Challenge Stradale
• 2.5 seconds quicker around the Ferrari test track.
• 110kg lighter than the standard road car
• Brembo Carbon ceramic brakes
• The Ferrari 360 challenge Stradale was based on the 360 challenge built as an out and out racer.