VIDEO: 2004 Ferrari 360 Challenge Stradale - a superb track-focused supercar

In his latest consignment video James Little gets behind the wheel of a Ferrari 360 Challenge Stradale

VIDEO: 2004 Ferrari 360 Challenge Stradale - a superb track-focused supercar

Ferrari 360’s are looking very tasty right now, don’t you think? You get a pretty, relatively compact, mid-engined Ferrari for less than the cost of a new 911. What’s not to like?! Unsurprisingly then, when I spotted a rare Blu Mirabeau Challenge Stradale on the the platform, I couldn’t resist the opportunity for a drive and it did not disappoint.

The Blu Mirabeau was every bit as impressive in real life as it is in the photos. I think the blue Ferrari hues can work so well on the right car, TDF Blue on a 550 is a great example but I have yet to see any other Blu Mirabeau Challenge Stradale and it's quite simply stunning. “Just look at it, sat there”.

The 360 Modena is a very good looking car, no doubt about it, but in CS form, the tweaks to the front bumper, side sills and tail spoiler complete a racy look without overdoing it with unnecessary wings and aero kits. It also sits 15mm lower than the standard car which furthers its purposeful pose. It looks the nuts!

The CS is also significantly lighter than its Modena sibling. In fact, tick all the weight saving options and it’ll be 110kg lighter, which has a dramatic effect on the way the car performs and feels.

At cruising speed the car is surprisingly civilised and effortless to drive. The ride is firm but not uncomfortable, even on b-roads. Drop down a couple of gears and bury your foot and the exhaust lets out a joyous bark and everything comes alive.

The sports seats keep you firmly planted and the driving position gives you a clear view of the nose of the car. The steering is very positive too, with plenty of feedback to position the car exactly where you want it.

You feel very much part of the car driving it. Yes the gear change is slow and aggressive compared to modern supercars but as you rev your way through the gears its rawness becomes an integral part of the CS experience.

It feels balanced and precise but not so light that it's going to scuttle off the road if it sniffs a wet cat's-eye. Unless perhaps you switch off the traction control, something I was neither brave enough or stupid enough to try in a consigned car that I am unfamiliar with.

The Stradale was a sensory feast from the gorgeous Blu Mirabeau paintwork to the howling of the V8, it deserves its place as one of the Ferrari greats! I absolutely loved this car, I wonder how it compares to the 430 Scuderia…watch this space.

View the 2004 Ferrari 360 Challenge Stradale auction on Collecting Cars, ending Friday 30th July.

James Little, Collecting Cars YouTube Host


Published 25th July 2021


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