General data  
Year/s of production 1997 – 2000                            
Presentation Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) 1997, S/N 109884
VIN span 109391 – 117040
Number produced Approx. 1053
Design Pininfarina
Manufactured by Scaglietti – Ferrari S.p.A.
Technical specifications  
Chassis F 129 AS – Load carrying chassis in steel with totally resistant structure and tubular rear sub-frame supporting power unit and rear suspension
Length 4250 mm
Width 1900 mm
Height 1170 mm
Wheelbase 2450 mm
Front suspension Independent wheel suspension, double wishbones, coil springs, hydraulic shock absorbers, anti-roll bar
Rear suspension Independent wheel suspension, double wishbones, coil springs, hydraulic shock absorbers, anti-roll bar
Front track 1514 mm
Rear track 1615 mm
Front tyres 7,5 x 18 in., alloy rims, 5-star design
Tyres: 225/40 ZR 18
Rear tyres 10 x 18 in., alloy rims, 5-star design
Tyres: 265/40 ZR 18
Front brakes Dual circuit ventilated disc brakes, ABS
Rear brakes Dual circuit ventilated disc brakes
Weight Approx. 1400 kg
Body material Steel and aluminium
Body type Spider – 2 seats  
Type F 129B – mid-engine – longitudinal installed
Number of cylinders V8 – 90°
Displacement 3496 ccm
Bore and stroke 85 x 77 mm
Camshaft 2 overhead per cylinder bank
Valves 5 per cylinder
Compression ratio 11:1
Ignition Bosch electronic statical
Lubrication Dry sump lubrication, approx. 10 litres oil
Maximum power 380 hp – 8.200 rpm
Maximum torque 360 Nm – 6.000 rpm
Fuel management Bosch Motronic M 2.7 – system with static advance ignition system and electronic fuel injection
Gearbox Semi-automatic 6 speed gearbox + rev., transverse installed, electrohydraulic system for gear changes in approx. 0,1 sec.
Top speed Approx. 296 km/h


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Frankfurt, 09.09.1997 – At the 57th Frankfurt International Motor Show Ferrari presents two new developments that are designed to meet the requirements of its particular clientèle: the 355F1 that adopts Formula 1-type power train management and the “custom-tailoring” programme from ” Carrozzeria Scaglietti”. The 355F1 with F1-type power train management The first constructor to adopt an electrohydraulic clutch controlled from the steering wheel (on Nigel Mansell’s 1989 F1 car), Ferrari again leads the field in applying this major innovation to a road model. The application of this innovative engine management system to a road car revolutionises the whole clutch-gearbox concept to an extent that goes far beyond the simple physical shifting of a lever. As on the Gran Prix car, the new electrohydraulic clutch-gearbox system has its controls set on the steering column which means that the driver’s hands no longer need to leave the wheel during a gearshift. This makes for much faster and simpler gearshifts than the traditional system as well as far greater precision and driving focus. The F1 type gearbox developed by Ferrari has been applied to a mechanical gearbox-clutch assembly and has nothing in common to the system involving a torque converter that have been applied to automatic transmission systems. The unique Ferrari trasmission makes for significantly enhanced mechanical efficiency in friction terms and offers the driver total control over all gearshift operations. In addition, the flexibility of the system made it possible to develop software offering four different gearshift programmes to meet the driver’s various needs in terms of gearshift speed, comfort, ease and safety on treacherous surfaces like snow or ice. The 355F1 offers further confirmation of the importance Ferrari assigns to racing in its development of new engineering features for its road cars.
The “tailor-made” programme by Carrozzeria Scaglietti The Carrozzeria Scaglietti personalisation programme was developed by Ferrari in order to offer its customers a chance to create a car to suit their own individual tastes and needs. The Scaglietti kit system is a way of making each car that comes off the Maranello lines truly unique. The items can be applied to any car in the current Ferrari range (the F355, the F550 Maranello, the 456 GT/GTA) to give each one the look and the functional characteristics desired by the individual owner. All these items meet standard homologation requirements and are of traditional “Carrozzeria Scaglietti” quality. The series of options created were designed to offer the Ferrari owner various ways of customising his car’s performance for racing purposes (drilled brake discs homologated for the F355, special ride set-ups for the F355 and 550 Maranello, 4-point seat-belts, homologated for road use, racing seats) or its looks (colour sampler for the bodywork, coloured brake calipers, carbon cabin trim, removable carbon roof, Challenge type rear grille for the F355, various upholstery and trim options) or indeed its dedicated equipment (luggage made to measure for each of the models, a golf bag for the rear bench of the 550 Maranello, a pesonalised car phone). There is even a special car-care line (a series of products designed to help maintain a Ferrari ). From early October every Ferrari dealer and importer will be able to present the Carrozzeria Scaglietti programme to customers. Every customer request be analysed for technical feasibility as well as compliance with Ferrari quality standards. Ferrari owners will even have access to a special ” Carrozzeria Scaglietti “Workshop at Maranello that will be equipped to carry out their personalisation requests. Staff will also be on hand to show off all the options available and assess each and every personal request. The Ferrari stand at the Frankfurt Show will display the first three personalised Ferraris created for three celebrity owners: Sergio Pininfarina’s 456 GTA, Michael Schumacher’s 550 Maranello and Paul Cayard’s F355 GTS.
Buoyant performance in the first half of 1997 Following reassuring results in 1996, Ferrari sales continued to be buoyant in the first six months of 1997. In this most recent period 1,947 cars were delivered to their new owners, a 6.6% improvement on the first half of 1996. In particular, the German market produced a 6.5% upturn, confirming its position as a major Ferrari market, second only to the USA in importance. The boom in the Far East and the Pacific Rim area continued with sales 16% up on the first half of 1996. Meanwhile the North American market grew by 4.4% and now accounts for 22% of all Ferrari sales. Faced with this buoyant market, Ferrari has no intention of changing its output policy considering 3,200-3,500 units a year the ideal production volume for its organisation. With an output of this size it is possible to guarantee the highest quality standards , as well as meeting the customer’s every need. As the following report on Ferrari Deutschland will confirm, customer relations and the satisfaction of every single customer remain absolute priorities. Ferrari in Germany Set up in November 1988, Ferrari Deutschland handles all Ferrari operations in Germany and the Czech Republic, which also boasts an independent Ferrari dealer. The primary tasks of the German branch include: o the distribution of cars to Ferrari dealers in Germany; o the supply of services and back-up to Ferrari dealers in their sales, maintenance and spare parts operations; o service to customers through the organisation and running of special events for Ferrari owners. The Ferrari Deutschland offices in Stielstrasse, Wiesbaden handle logistic and administrative affairs as well as marketing and technical assistance to German Ferrari dealers in the form of technical training courses and spare parts supplies. The German market The German market is uniquely important to Ferrari since it absorbs about 17% of the company’s production, making it the world’s biggest Ferrari market outside the United States. Currently, 70% of German Ferrari owners opt for an 8-cylinder, 30% for a 12-cylinder model. In 1996, 580 Ferraris were registered in Germany, up 1.5% on the previous year. At present there are some 5,500 Ferrari’s of all ages on the roads of Germany, about a third of them collector’s items over 20 years old. It also goes to demonstrate the passion for Ferrari that is underlined by the large number of German collectors, some of whom even own Formula 1 cars. The Ferrari organisation in Germany There are 24 Ferrari dealers in Germany, 9 of them representing Ferrari alone. What the German Ferrari owners get from their dealers goes beyond advice and superbly competent technical assistance. They also encounter a team of enthusiasts, passionate sports car fans who put their heart and soul into their work. These dealers serve the entire Federal Republic except for the Eastern part only recently admitted to the Federation that will be getting their own Ferrari dealers in the future.