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 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 by the factory, the others were supplied as crated kits to convert existing road cars, 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 came upon the car in 2009 and bought it directly from Mr Iliopoulos. Importing it into the UK. The car benefitted from a premium BTB race exhaust system, A full engine rebuild took place less than 25 hours ago at a cost of some £30,000. Mr Jenkins 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. This is genuinely the fastest (legal) Ferrari Challenge able to compete in the UK Ferrari series.

WalkerSport have extensively refurbished the Challenge car, refitting all the original panels, dashboard and returning it back to the Factory Rosso corsa colour. WalkerSport are centering on originality. Please look at our Facebook page to see the extent of our works.

Worksheet.

Inspect and service 

Replace clutch with new uprated unit

Strip and refurbish the original Speedline Magnesium wheels (back to White)

remove all non original additions

Strip original bodypanels, rub down and stabilise, prime and repaint in Rosso Corsa

Refit original bodypanels with attention to alignment.

Refit original air filters and tidy engine bay

Fully refurbish original OMP challenge seat to new condition

Fit fit original dash board and centre console

Refit original steering wheel and space.

The car is supplied with an extra brand new seat ready for motorsport (2019 new legislation), and parts box including original glass, electric window mechanisms, and some trim will be included with the car.

Price: 139995