Do you want to have a go at racing? Perhaps you already have this experience and thinking of changing the car? A rally-ready vehicle with a rich history has become available through JamesEdition Car Club. This one-of-seven rally-spec Ferrari 360 Modena Challenge will give WRC racers a run for their money on asphalt roads.
- Can it win? Absolutely. This Modena Challenge has every chance of showing the best time at special stages of European races.
- Is it suitable for public roads as well as rallies? Oh yes, it is.
- In 2013, one of the rally-spec 360 Modena models won the Rally Isla de Lanzarote, beating a Ford Focus RS WRC by half a minute and setting a new stage record.
- At least 7 rally cars based on the Ferrari 360 Modena which have received the approval from the manufacturer are known in the history of motor racing. In the early 2000s, several car companies were building vehicles for racing based on this model.
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Is a Ferrari 360 suitable for a rally?
It may seem that a Ferrari sports car isn’t the most obvious choice for a rally. The car manufacturer is more famous for its triumphs at Formula One, the 24 hours of Le Mans and at Mille Miglia.
Few people heard about Scuderia’s triumphs in a classic rally. But it doesn’t mean that this Italian brand has nothing to show in this area.
- For example, the Lancia Stratos, a many-times champion of rally racing was fitted with a Ferrari engine. Later, privately-owned Ferrari teams participated in various rallies: these enthusiasts drove local stages in Italy, France, Portugal in cars tuned by Michelotto Automobili, Scuderia’s official partner.
- You will find more information about Ferrari’s participation in the races in the 70s and 80s below but now let’s zoom in on the rally-spec 360 Modena Challenge.
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Rally-spec Ferrari 360 Modena Challenge
They say that while working on the Callenge Stradale, engineers had in mind that it would be used 20% of the time on the track and 80% of the time – on the road. According to Ferrari, the car accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.1 seconds.
Of course even a sports car such as the Ferrari 360 Modena cannot compete unmodified. It must be at least homologated in terms of endurance and safety. Ideally, it should receive mechanical upgrades which will improve the efficiency of its power engine.
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- When it comes to the Ferrari 360 Modena Challenge sold through JamesEdition.com, every aspect of the car has been enhanced.
- A tubular roll cage has been added to its body to fulfill safety requirements. It not only does it increase the structural stiffness of the chassis but also provides better protection should the car have an accident (especially if it rolls over). It must be noted that this particular car is in perfect condition and accident-free.
- The chassis has been adapted to match the body stiffness: new shock absorbers, new springs and hydraulic bump-stops were fitted in line with structural reinforcements of the car’s body.
- These features will allow the driver to safely clip corners on the asphalt. The suspension of the Ferrari was originally created for racing tracks and freeways, so one should not expect the same energy consumption as that of a modern WRC racing car.
- The rally-spec 360 Modena model is equal to the top rally cars today: its V8 engine utilizes a 4-liter capacity with more than 400 bhp. It provides the couple with explosive acceleration thanks to a sequential gearbox with a shortened gear ratios. An enhanced breaking system with a vertical handbrake lever allows you to drive those hairpin turns at speed. And there are many other enhancements.
A Ferrari in a rally is a unique driving experience that comes close to driving a Group B racing car.
Thankfully, a R-GT specification still allows it, which means this beauty of a car will not be idle in a garage. Finally, driving this vehicle gives you an aesthetic and acoustic pleasure.
Ferrari and rear-wheel drive in the world of rally cars: A history
You might recall that Ferrari’s first foray in the world of dust, dirt, trampolines and hairpin bends happened back in the 70s, when the car maker took part in constructing Lancia Stratos, one of the most successful cars in the history of the World Rally Championship.
- During its career spanning over almost a decade, the Stratos won 18 WRC rallies and countless local championships. However, it is unlikely that the Lancia sport car would have been so successful had it not had a Maranello-built V6 2.4-liter engine under its back axle. The Ferrari 246 GT Dino had the same engine.
- Ferrari made its full-fledged debut in the 80s. This was thanks to Michelotto Automobili, which started out has a Ferrari dealer and later switched to the creation of unique race cars featuring the world-famous Prancing Horse.
- It was precisely thanks to Michelotto we got the Ferrari 333 SP and F40 LM, as well as several variants of the 308 model adapted to the requirements of Group 4 and Group B. Unfortunately, only a handful of cars modified to meet the Group B regulations could enjoy a racing career, while unique Group B prototypes, such as the Ferrari 308 GT/M had a run of only one rally stage before joining private car collections.
But this is not the end of the Ferrari rally racing: the reborn Stratos from Manifattura Automobili Torino uses the platform and the engine from Ferrari F430 Scuderia.
- If you find the idea of a rear-wheel drive in rally racing confusing, try to remember how the 80s the rear-wheel, mid-engine Lancia Rallye 037 would almost always beat the all-wheel drive, front-engine Audi Quattro on asphalt stages. Or the BMW M3’s fine run in Group A – it had a rear-wheel drive. The Porsche 911 GT3s, too, are often performing in the Mediterranean races full of hairpin bends.
Why not give the Ferrari 360 Modena Challenge one more chance to become the leader of a special stage in a race somewhere in France’s wine region?
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