1998 Ferrari F355 Challenge EVOLUZIONE
Street Legal Factory Challenge Car
Manufacturer Date: 4/1998
Ex Team LAIS POWER Car
14,588 km (original ) / 9,064 miles
Price 245,000 Euro / $267,003 USD
Located in Germany
This is a dealer in Germany: Jochen70
What a great looking Challenge Car for the track and for the street. This late car being an Evoluzione has all the best upgrades. Its in pristine condition and commands a hefty price. These cars have been climbing astronomically in the past 2 years. There are so rare and so few.
Ferrari F355 Challenge cars were manufactureed to be race ready cars. It could be had as a $30,000 factory to dealer kit. The first cars built in 1995 came with cage mounts factory fitted and carpets removed. Each year Ferrari would deliver the cars with more and more race parts already factory fitted. In 1998, Ferarri delivered the final iteration of the car called the Evoluzione which were supplied as virtually complete race cars. The rear wing was the only item that needed to be fitted at delivery.
The Evoluzione was the last optimized version for the Ferrari 355 Challenge cars. These cars were made in 1998 and early 1999 only. Approximately 30-40 cars were produced this way. These cars also came with larger oil coolers and better roll cages.
Ferrari test driver Nicola Larinia was 1.5 seconds faster at Ferrari’s Fiorano Track with an Evoluzione than a 1997 Factory Challenge Car. That is why the Evoluzione could be competitive with the new 360 Challenge cars of the time.
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The $30,000 Challenge Kit
The kit included the following components/modifications:
- Racing seats
- Safety harnesses
- Fire extinguisher
- Engine cutoff switch
- Manual radiator fan control, upgraded fans
- Competition steering wheel
- Lightweight exhaust
- Rear wing
- Competition clutch
- Upgraded 14″ Brembo brakes (F40 type)
- 18″ Speedline magnesium wheels
- Pirelli racing slicks
- Solid suspension bushings and competition springs
- Front and Rear brake cooling ducts
- Challenge black rear grille (halfway through the 1995 season to get extra air through the engine-bay)
- Lightened front bumper
- Front and rear tow hooks
The Ferrari F355 Challenge Evoluzione Driver Suit supplied with cars in 1998.
Only in 1998 built, last stage
First Registration: 07.04.1998
KMs: 14588 km (original)
Colour outside: red (Rosso Corsa)
Colour inside: black
Seats : 2 (orig.)
1 of 72 orig. Ferrari F355 challenge factory race cars with race history, street legal ( first reg. 07.04.1998), unique !
Driver: Ulrich Plattenhardt (GER)
orig. technical passport DMSB (DeutscherMotorSportBund)
german registration certificate
1998/1999 European Ferrari Challenge Championship (Driver: Ulrich Plattenhardt, GER)
Hockenheim, Spa, Zandvoort, Monza, Mugello , Nürburgring, Salzburgring
1999 World Final Vallelunga
2001/2003 OA Winner Scandinavian Challenge Series (Driver: Esa Schroderus, FIN)
Full restauration outside and inside, top car, condition range 1, Concour Condition
Red primer, no stone chips
Only orig. leather from Maranello factory
Total original condition (like new or better)
Gearbox cooler and orig. fire-extinguishing system working
Orig. stickers as in the technical passport
Orig. signature from the Teamchef ( Walter Lais )
Engine & Gearbox overhauled, all seals and gaskets new !
Engine & Gearbox have matching numbers, no replacements
Suspension measurement done (Setup Hockenheim 1998)
Car was 1998 introduced in AMS magazin (magazin and press photos existing)
Historical photos and cups existing
Located in Germany.
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