Ferrari F355 Challenge Maranello Built Factory car.


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Chassis Number: ZFFXR418000107845. Engine Number: 45115.  Year of Manufacture: 1997

  • Delivered new to Venezuela in 1997 for use in the Ferrari Challenge Series, genuine Factory built challenge car.
  • Officially certified as one of the 108 cars produced by the factory for track use.
  • Recent full engine rebuild and premium BTB race exhaust system.

The factory modifications were more substantial than the 348 Challenge, the engine, gearbox and shock-absorbers were sealed with special tags to prevent unauthorised alterations. The factory fitted modifications included a roll-cage, racing bucket seats, manual radiator fan control and upgraded fans, competition steering wheel, competition clutch, upgraded 14" Brembo brakes (carried over from the F40), solid suspension bushes, competition springs, and brake cooling ducts amongst a number of other detail changes from the base car.

The F355 'Challenge' shares the same engine and physical dimensions as the original car and 108 cars in total were produced, all with the 6-speed manual transmission. According to the accompanying Ferrari Certificate of Origin, the car was first delivered on the 29th January 1997 destined for Venezuela with engine number 45115. The delightfully named National Commission of Speed of Venezuela issued a certificate in 2000 that stated the car was raced in the Ferrari Challenge Cup during the 1997, 1998 and 1999 seasons, piloted by Juan Iliopoulos. The car was set to win the Ferrari challenge series and in the final race in it was leading when the gearlever broke sticking the car into 2nd and forcing retirement. A special gift by Ferrari ws presented to Mr Iliopoulos.

Mr Iliopoulos emigrated to the United States in 2000 taking the car with him and placing it into storage. Nigel Jenkins long term Ferrari owners club (GB) member whilst on holiday in the United States, came upon the car in 2009 and bought it directly from Mr Iliopoulos. Importing it into the UK. The car benefitted from a BTB race exhaust system, A full engine rebuild took place less than 25 hours ago at a cost of some £30,000. Once race ready, our vendor entered the Ferrari Owners Club series winning six times, enjoyed a number of podium appearances, set numerous Class lap records, and topped it off by winning the series in 2018.

The car was freshly painted in August 2018, a history file detailing previous ownership, the aforementioned certificates, and a substantial number of invoices for race preparation, maintenance and attention. 

WalkerSport are refurbishing the Challenge car, refitting all the original panels, dashboard and returning it to the Factory Rosso corsa colour, we intend to refit the vinyl that the car competed in. WalkerSport are centering on originality. Please look at our Facebook and Blog pages under restorations for our progress.

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