Skip to main content

1996 Ferrari F355 Challenge news, pictures, specifications, and information
For the F355, Ferrari developed a new 3.5 liter 90° V8 engine developing 375bhp at 8250 rpm with a redline of 8500 rpm. Maximum torque was 268 lbs-ft at 6000 rpm. The specific output of this remarkable 5-valve unit was 109bhp per liter.
The engine's aluminum block had Nikasil-coated wet steel liners. Peculiarly light forged aluminum alloy pistons drove the crankshaft through titanium alloy con rods previously seen only in Formula 1 engines. The engine's greatest innovation is its five-valves per cylinder, three intake and two exhaust, that combined high revs with high intake

permeability maximizing gross efficiency. The aluminum head was ultra-high strength with variable rigidity dual valve springs. The radial intake valves made conical cam profiles necessary and the high rotation speed necessitated a high lift for both reliability and long-term performance. The control lobe for the central intake valve was slightly offset, reducing pulse stress and the emission of un-burned hydrocarbons. The valves were actuated by hydraulic tappets with automatic play take-up, a first for engines that rev over 8000rpm. In accordance with racing design, Ferrari engineers created an extremely compact high-swirl combustion chamber of 11:1 compression ratio. The engine was controlled by a Bosch Motronic M2.7 twin hot wire electronic injection-static ignition system, and lubricated by a dry sump engine oil circuit.

The exhaust system was insulated stainless steel and featured twin-branch delivery to the catalysts: one main branch to a ceramic matrix catalyst and one by-pass branch to steel matrix catalysts. The by-pass branch only comes into play at high speeds in response to the opening of a throttle valve controlled by the Motronic system. This optimizes engine performance by reducing exhaust back-pressure.

The F355's drivetrain featured a 6-speed transverse gearbox or an optional F1 electro-hydraulic transmission system with paddle shifters, derived directly from current Formula 1 technology. The manual, all-synchronized system offered short travel through the classic Ferrari gated shifter actuating rigid rods for a positive feel. The ratios were designed to make the most of the torque curve, thereby enhancing the driveability and sporty performance of the car. The differential was a multi-plate limited slip type with segmented lock that adopts a differentiated drive and over run. The single dry plate clutch was hydraulically actuated, its housing being magnesium alloy. A water/oil heat exchanger ensured the gearbox oil was rapidly brought to optimal operating temperature.

Ferrari's 6-speed F1 electro-hydraulic transmission, debuted on the F355, signaled a new era in drivetrain design and performance. The driver shifts a sequential system controlled with paddles behind the steering wheel, exactly as on a Formula 1 car. There is no clutch pedal. The system has four driver-selectable modes of operation: sport, normal, auto, and low grip. The Ferrari 'Fl-type power train management' is the best solution for racing and road use. The system guarantees almost instantaneous gear changes, allowing the driver's desired gear to be engaged without either taking the hands off the wheel or operating the clutch, even during hard cornering. For safety, it is impossible to avoid engaging intermediate gears during rapid downshifts. The system can be used in a fully automatic mode without impacting fuel consumption, and the software that controls the system is integrated with other systems in the car to increase control in varied conditions.

By Daniel Vaughan | Mar 2006
The design of the Ferrari 348 was modified by the famous Italian design studio, Pininfarina resulting in the Ferrari F355. The Ferrari F355 was produced from 1995 through the close of the century with nearly 2700 examples created; making it one of the most popular Ferraris's of all time. When introduced it was available in fixed-head Berlinetta and was later followed by a Targa and Spyder variant.

The F355 was a 348 with design modifications and engine enhancements that included five valves per cylinder. With an improved DOHC engine the F355 produced 80 more horsepower than its predecessor. The 380 horsepower engine drove the nearly 3000 pound vehicle from zero-to-sixty in just 4.6 seconds. Top speed was accomplished at just over 180 mph. In 1988, the vehicle became similar to F1 styled vehicles with the introduction of paddle shifters located on the steering wheel that allowed the driver to easily shift from gear to gear. Performance was further upgraded from its 348 counterpart with an improved suspension and chassis. The suspension was adjustable by the driver to accommodate all types of driving conditions. Ventilated Brembo disc brakes provided excellent stopping power. The body was created from steel and aluminum which added rigidity while remaining light-weight.

The 'Challege' series was introduced in 1995 and produced until 1999, designed to be raced in a one manufaturer series. 109 examples were produced with races transpiring in both Europe and the North America. Little was needed to prepare the F355 for the Challenge series, just the addition of safety equipment including a roll cage and a wing.

By Daniel Vaughan | Mar 2006
Recent Vehicle Additions

2017 Mitsubishi i-MiEV

2017 Lincoln MKC

1959 Berkeley SE328 Sports

1997 Nissan Rasheen

1978 Porsche 930 Turbo
For more information and related vehicles, click here

"
ALFA ROMEO DEBUTS THE 2017 ALFA ROMEO GIULIA LINEUP AT THE NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW
◾Rebirth of the brand – the all-new 2017 Giulia is the first of eight all-new Alfa Romeos debuting through 2020, and embodies the brand's La meccanica delle emozioni (the mechanics of emotion) spirit ◾Giulia nameplate reflects a 55-year heritage of Alfa Romeo's lightweight, performance sedan tradition and over 105 years of brand history, carving its legend on road courses around the globe ◾Alfa Romeo Giulia and Giulia Ti models deliver seductive Italian style and craftsmanship to the premium m...[Read more...]
DiMora Motorcar Turns Cars into Canvas
$1.2 Million Rolling Art in Motion on Display at Los Angeles Auto Show Palm Springs, California – November 3, 2015 – Spectators attending the Los Angeles Auto Show are in for a unique experience this year. Two of the limited edition hand-built DiMora Vicci 6.2 Emperor Series automobiles will be exhibiting in the West Hall Atrium. DiMora Motorcar company founder and car designer, Sir Alfred J. DiMora will also be on hand during select times throughout the course of the auto show, giving f...[Read more...]
PANOZ BRINGS ESPERANTE SPYDER, SPYDER GT AND ORIGINAL DELTAWING ROADSTER TO AMELIA ISLAND CONCOURS
• Exclusive Sports Car Builder to display its new exclusive made-in-the-USA sports cars as well asthe DeltaWing Roadster prototype race car at the annual automotive and motorsports
March 10, 2015, Atlanta – Panoz, the Georgia-based manufacturer of exclusive luxury sports cars, is rolling into the 2015 Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance this week with its 25th Anniversary Edition Esperante Spyder and Spyder GT sports cars and a car that changed prototype sports car road racing – t...[Read more...]
2015 DODGE CHARGER SRT HELLCAT AND SRT 392 POWER 2015 CHARGER TO NEW LEVELS OF PERFORMANCE
◾New Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat with supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI® Hellcat engine, producing 707 horsepower and 650 lb.-ft. of torque, is the quickest, fastest and most powerful sedan in the world ◾Charger Hellcat's unrivaled four-door performance includes NHRA-certified, quarter mile elapsed time in 11.0 seconds on street tires, 0-100-0 mph in under 13 seconds and a top speed of 204 miles per hour (mph) ◾New Charger SRT 392 model, powered by 6.4-liter HEMI V-8, delivers 485 horsepower and 475 l...[Read more...]
1982 Ferrari 308 GTSi is IMRRC's 2013 Raffle Car
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (July 18, 2013) – A 1982 Ferrari 308 GTSi, one of the most recognized of all Ferrari models, is being offered by the International Motor Racing Research Center as its 2013 raffle car. Ferrari-red, this icon of the 1970s and '80s was generously donated to the Center by Governing Council member Greg Galdi. The car has been driven fewer than 1,500 miles. The mid-engined, targa-topped 308 GTS was introduced in 1977 and is well-known to most Americans as the car ...[Read more...]

156
166
166 F2
195
196
212
246
250 GT
250 Monza
250 Testarossa
275
288
308
312
328
330
333 SP
335
342 America
348
360
365
375
400
410
410 S
456
458
488 GTB
500 F2
500 Superfast
500 TR
512
512 BB/LM
550
553
575
599
612 Scaglietti
625
California
Dino
Enzo
F12berlinetta
F12tdf
F355
F40
F430
F430 GTC
F50
FF
LaFerrari
Mondial
Mondial 500
Testarossa
Type 340

© 1998-2016. All rights reserved. The material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.