Ferrari Challenge Stradale

Posted By on February 14, 2011 in Automotive, Spotted | 1 comment

Ferrari Challenge Stradale

Ask any passionate Ferrari fan what car has the best sound and 90% will most likely say the Challenge Stradale. What an amazing car with an even better sound. Hearing it through the Sydney streets, echoing between the buildings is nothing short of spectacular.

The Challenge Stradale is inspired by the Challenge racing series and can be though of as the Challenge car for the road. Stripped of the little bit of luxury that the 360 Modena had to make this car 110kg lighter and an extra 20 bhp makes this car accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in just 4.1 seconds.

Ferrari engineers designed the car from the outset with 20% track day use in mind and 80% road use.

Like the Ferrari Challenge Stradale? Have a look here for my photo shoot with another Ferrari Challenge Stradale in Sydney:

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Some extra info from Wikipedia:

Visual differences

  • 19″ BBS Challenge Styled Alloys with Titanium wheel bolts
  • Large Diameter Carbon Ceramic Brakes
  • Carbon-fibre side mirrors
  • Updated front and rear bumpers
  • Pair of rear bumper diffusers
  • Sharper side skirts
  • Plexi-glass rear window
  • Lower ride height on Titanium springs
  • Lighter weight challenge grille (black metal mesh) made from Aluminium
  • Challenge Stradale badging on rear grille
  • Optional Tri-colour Racing Stripe
  • Different exhaust tips to complement the lighter racing exhaust (the optional Modena racing exhaust became standard equipment on Challenge Stradale)

The car also had the optional carbon racing seats (available in 3 sizes, small, medium and large) which are noticeable from the outside to complement the interior detailing. These seats are a significant improvement in weight reduction over the standard seats.

Interior differences

  • New instrument dials with a yellow rev counter and carbon fibre surround
  • Carbon Fibre door panels
  • Carbon Centre Console
  • Fabric Dashboard with deleted stereo and glovebox
  • New styled air ball vents (shared with 430)
  • New Steering wheel with optional coloured racing ring
  • Removal of carpets and lots of sound deading material (weight reduction)
  • Rubber floor mats with optional fire extinguisher

Handling differences

  • New stiffer rear anti-rollbar (hollow to make it lighter) and reduce body roll (same one fitted to 430 Scuderia)
  • 360 Challenge cars uprated flanbloc’s replace all original rubber suspension bushes including anti-roll bar bushes (uprated) improving alignment on the move
  • 20% stiffer uprated (progressively coiled) springs made from Titanium (lighter, lowering unsprung weight) and reducing pitch and roll
  • Different suspension alignment and ride heights (rear higher than front to aid downforce)
  • Titanium wheel bolts and carbon ceramic brakes (along with overall weight reduction) also contributing significantly to handling improvements (along with aero downforce improvements)
  • Re-programmed electronic suspension control software with new ‘race’ mode (stiffer than Modena)
  • Re-programmed ABS computers to match charateristics of the CCM carbon brakes
  • Specially devised Pirelli Rosso Corsa (soft compound) track biased road tires (wider than Modena)
  • Factory corner weighted suspension, additional care taken to corner weight each vehicle before it left the factory to match its exact weight with options fitted.


  • Overall length: 4,477 mm (176.3 in)
  • Overall width: 1,922 mm (75.7 in)
  • Height: 1,199 mm (47.2 in)
  • Wheelbase: 2,600 mm (102.4 in)
  • Front track: 1,669 mm (65.7 in)
  • Rear track: 1,617 mm (63.7 in)
  • Dry weight: 1,180 kg (2,601 lb)
  • Curb weight: 1,290 kg (2,844 lb)
  • Fuel capacity: 95 L (25 US gal; 21 imp gal)


  • 0–100 km/h (62 mph): 4.1 s
  • Top speed: 300 km/h (190 mph)
  • Downforce: about 270 kgf (2.6 kN) @ 300 km/h (without rear wing)
  • Lift/drag: about -1.1:1

1 Comment

  1. Emily October 11, 2016

    Yay! I cannot repeat that enough to people. You don’t need to be able to “handle bag#2ge&g82a1; to rehome, and real rescues are actually rarer than is often portrayed.

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