Ferrari 360 GTC

Ferrari have introduced a race version of the Challenge Stradale to counter the threat posed by Porsche’s new 996GT3 RSR in GT racing. The new model, to be called the 360GTC, receives a similar acronym to its recently introduced big sister, the 575GTC.

Porsche had moved the goalposts with their highly-rated new racer and Ferrari have been quick to respond to the threat. The new 360GTC will also form the basis of the 2004 Ferrari Challenge race series which will incorporate a GT-style rear wing for the first time.

The original 360 Modena drew heavily on Ferrari’s competition experience, with engineering standards and levels of aerodynamic development rare for a series production car. This meant that the 360 Challenge (launched in 2000) was a quantum leap ahead of its predecessor, the 355, proving lighter, faster and better-handling.

Ferrari received numerous requests for factory-prepared cars for other championships. With the help of factory backing, the JMB Competition team 360 fought off strong competition from Porsche to take the 2001 FIA N-GT World Championship team and drivers’ titles.

On the strength of that showing, Ferrari produced a specific model – the 360 GT – derived from the Challenge car for privateers in the FIA N-GT and A.C.O. (Automobile Club de l’Ouest) championships in 2002. JMB took this year’s FIA N-GT title.

The latest evolution, the 360 GTC was unveiled to the press at the Bologna Motor Show on the 4th of December 2003.

The new GTC version incorporates a number of modifications introduced during the 2003 season and includes refinements to the aerodynamics, a new sequential 6-speed gearbox because the road car paddle shift was too slow for professional racing, a new electronics package developed by Magneti Marelli and a number of minor revisions to the engine to improve output to 445 bhp at 8,750 rpm.

The 360 GTC will be available for the 2004 season and is sold directly by Ferrari’s Corse Clienti division.

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Specs & Performance

submitted byRichard Owen
typeRacing Car
engineType F131 GTC, 90 Degree, All Aluminum V8
positionMid Longitudinal
valvetrainDOHC, 5 Valves per Cyl w/Variable Inlet Geometry
displacement3586 cc / 218.8 in³
bore85 mm / 3.35 in
stroke79 mm / 3.11 in
power331.8 kw / 445 bhp @ 8750 rpm
specific output124.09 bhp per litre
bhp/weight400.9 bhp per tonne
torque410 nm / 302.4 ft lbs @ 6500 rpm
body / frameComposite Panels over Aluminum Monocoque w/FIA Steel Roll Cage, Lexan Windows
driven wheelsRWD
front tiresPirelli 265/645/18
rear tiresPirelli 305/680/18
front brakesBrebro Discs w/6-Pot Calipers
rear brakesBrebro Discs w/4-Pot Calipers
front wheelsF 457.2 x 25.4 cm / 18 x 10 in
rear wheelsR 45.7 x 27.9 cm / 18 x 11.0 in
steeringRack & Pinion w/Hydrualic Power Steering
f suspensionDouble Wishbones w/Helicodial Springs, Adjustable Shock Absorbers, Adjustable Anti-Roll Bar
r suspensionDouble Wishbones w/Helicodial Springs, Adjustable Shock Absorbers, Adjustable Anti-Roll Bar
curb weight1110 kg / 2447 lbs
wheelbase2600 mm / 102.4 in
front track1714 mm / 67.5 in
rear track1573 mm / 61.9 in
length4557 mm / 179.4 in
width2050 mm / 80.7 in
height1185 mm / 46.7 in
transmissionF131 6-Speed Sequential

Auction & Sales History

2004 Ferrari 360 GTC

2005 Ferrari F360 GTC 2060 – sold for €115,500 The Scuderia Playteam, 2005 Italian and Spanish GT Championship winning. Sold on Bill of Sale only Ferrari Classiche Certification Package. Directed from the outset at privateer efforts, the F360 GTC represents the purest iteration of Ferrari’s competitive sportscar character, of which this championship-winning car is an outstanding and highly desirable example. Auction Source: 2008 Leggenda e Passione

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