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General data  
Year/s of production 2003 – 2004                    
Presentation Geneva Motor Show, March 2003
S/N 131996 color: Rosso Scuderia
S/N 131569 color: Blu Tour de France
VIN span 131569 –                                                                     
Number produced Approx. 1278
Design Pininfarina
Manufactured by Ferrari S.p.A.
   
Technical specifications  
Chassis F131 – Aluminium spaceframe with extruded and cast components and external panelling in aluminium
Length 4477 mm
Width 1992 mm
Height 1199 mm
Wheelbase 2600 mm
Front suspension Independent wheel suspension, double delta wishbones, coil springs, anti-roll bar, electronically operated Sachs gas-filled shock absorbers
Rear suspension Independent wheel suspension, double delta wishbones, coil springs, anti-roll bar, electronically operated Sachs gas-filled shock absorbers
Front track 1669 mm
Rear track 1617 mm
Front tyres 8 x 19 in., BBS light alloy wheels
Tyres: Pirelli P Zero Corsa 225/35-ZR 19
Rear tyres 10 x 19 in., BBS light alloy wheels
Tyres: Pirelli P Zero Corsa 285/35-ZR 19
Front brakes Brembo carbon-ceramic ventilated disc brakes, 380 mm, 6-pod callipers, ABS
Rear brakes Brembo carbon-ceramic ventilated disc brakes, 350 mm, 6-pod callipers
Weight 1180 kg
Body material Aluminium and carbon-kevlar
Body type Berlinetta – two seats
   
Engine  
Type Mid-engine – longitudinal installed
Number of cylinders V8 – 90°
Displacement 3586 ccm
Bore and stroke 85 x 79 mm
Camshaft 2 overhead per cylinder bank
Valves 5 per cylinder, variable valve timing on exhaust camshafts, variable length intake ducts with bank compensation
Compression ratio 11,2:1
Ignition Bosch electronic ignition
Lubrication Dry sump lubrication, approx. 10 litres, additional oil cooler
Maximum power 425 hp – 8.500 rpm
Maximum torque Approx. 380 Nm – 4.750 rpm
Fuel management Drive-by- Wire, Bosch Motronic ME 7.3
Gearbox F1 gearbox with 6 gears + rev., longitudinal installed, electro-hydraulic system with Magneti Marelli electronic control, complete clutch management and automatic acceleration when changing down
Driver-machine interface consists of: Steering wheel paddles to change gear plus reverse shift, automatic option pushbutton, low grip pushbutton, gear engaged display in rev counter. Gear change in 0,150 sec.
   
Performance  
Top speed Over 300 km/h

 

The new Ferrari ‘Challenge Stradale’ at the Geneva Motorshow
Copyright: Ferrari

Maranello, 16 January 2003 – The new Ferrari, which will be unveiled at the Geneva Motorshow in March, will be called the ‘Challenge Stradale’. It joins the 360 Modena and the 360 Spider in the Ferrari 8 cylinder range of road cars.

The Challenge Stradale derives from the latest interpretation of the pure Ferrari tradition of making road cars directly derived from the race cars. With the Challenge Stradale the racing expertise comes from the Ferrari Challenge International Championships and the FIA GT races, where the 360 Challenge and 360 GT models are top protagonists, both in Europe and in the United States.

The strong links of the Challenge Stradale road car to racing are underlined by a significant weight reduction, obtained also through a sporty set up and additional aerodynamic contents, enhanced braking performance and F1-style gearbox.

The engine is the 3,586cc V8, with five valves per cylinder and titanium conrods, which secured a worldwide success for the 360 Modena and the 360 Spider. The all aluminium body and chassis are the ones designed and produced by Ferrari for the 360 Modena.

The colour of the car on the Ferrari stand in Geneva will be the new ‘Rosso Scuderia’, the same red of the Formula 1 cars, with decorations recalling Ferraris used in customer races of the past. 

Ferrari at the Geneva International Motor Show
Copyright: Ferrari

Geneva, 4th March 2003- Ferrari unveils the Challenge Stradale to the world for the very first time at Geneva’s 73rd International Motor Show. The new eight-cylinder model joins the existing 360 Modena and 360 Spider and is the fruit of the marque’s experience in the international Ferrari Challenge Trofeo Pirelli and GT rallies.

The car’s strong racing bloodline is plain to see in the considerable weight reduction it boasts, with an all-aluminium chassis and body, carbon discs and an F1-style gearbox. Other weight-saving measures included a strictly racing kit and significant work on the aerodynamics, set-up and braking.

The Ferrari Challenge Stradale’s 3,586 cc V8 engine boasts five valves per cylinder and titanium rods. It punches out a massive 425 bhp too, 25 more than the 360 Modena and the Spider. The colours of the two cars unveiled at Geneva are the new “Rosso Scuderia” used for the Formula 1 single–seater with paintwork inspired by the client racing cars of the past, and “Blue Tour de France” which embodies not only of the new model’s racing heart but also its elegance.

The Ferrari stand (no.1053 in Hall 1)covers approximately 570 square metres and features eight cars:two 575M Maranellos, one Enzo Ferrari, one 456M, one 360 Spider and the two Challenge Stradales, with a final flourish courtesy of the World Championship-winning Formula 1 single-seater.

Ferrari arrives at Geneva less than a month after the launch of its new F1 car, the F2003-GA, dedicated to the memory of the late Giovanni Agnelli, and on the eve of the start of the Formula 1 World Championships 2003, which it goes into with three consecutive Drivers’ and four Constructors’ titles to its credit.

2002 proved a hugely positive year for Ferrari,not only from a racing point of view (15 Grands Prix victories out of 17 races), but also in terms of sales.The Group results for the year indicate a turnover in the region of 1,200 million euro (+14%on 2001)with 4,236 Ferraris delivered to their new owners plus Maserati’s 3,300 cars sold, a record since it joined the group. These data, however, have yet to be confirmed by approval of the 2002 Balance Sheet.

During the year, the New Mechanical Machining Department, where both the Ferrari and Maserati engines are built at Maranello, and the New GES Logistics Area were both completed. Work is still going on at the Product Development Centre and the New Paint Shop at Maranello as well as at the Maserati complex in Modena. The completion of these structures is part of a larger plan known as Formula Uomo which will see all of the Group’s facilities and plant renovated with the aim of guaranteeing improved quality of life in the workplace and an optimal work-excellence result.

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