Ferrari Challenge Stradale
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Make: Ferrari
Model: Challenge Stradale
Ferrari Challenge Stradale

Many automakers spend their days trying to predict what the market is seeking; Ferrari seems to go about things in a slightly different manner, and instructs the market on what to seek. The company is so innovative that the models they design could not and would not have been conceptualized prior to their release. Ferrari 360 was the name given to three models of Ferrari cars: one being the Ferrari 360 Modena, an enclosed two-door coupe; another being the Ferrari 360 Spider, a two-door convertible; and the last one being the Ferrari Challenge Stradale, the bare-bones version of the 360 Modena. The 360s served as the basis for their replacement, the Ferrari F430 which was internally referred to as the 'evoluzione' or 'evo'. This replacement model came out in 2004. Oddly enough, when Ferrari cars are reflected upon, thoughts of luxury certainly come to mind just by the mere fact that they are so expensive to own. Additionally, one might assume that since they are so expensive the owners certainly must have the wealth to accompany it and would demand nothing less than a luxurious ride. However, this really is not the case. Sticking with the Ferrari tradition, which is epitomized by the F40 model, the Challenge Stradale is one of stripped-down performance and not of luxury. Granted there are a handful of Ferraris that are very well equipped both inside and out which include leather and additional ornamentation. But, someone looking for such a Ferrari would not be pleased with the Challenge Stradale. It is essentially the 360 Modena from the outside, though its aerodynamics have been reworked slightly. The main differences are a stripped-out aluminum chassis, leaving the vehicle significantly lighter. It is graced with an upgraded 3.6-liter V8 engine, improved suspension and brakes, larger 19-inch wheels and tires, a Formula One-style sequential gearshift, and extensive use of Carbon fiber components ' just not the bells and whistles on the interior. It was officially introduced in March of 2003 at the Geneva International Motor Show and went into production shortly thereafter.

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