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Ferrari 360 N-GT Modena

Completed:

2001


Originally delivered:

Spain

Original colour:

red

Original interior:

red


Comments:

The 360 Modena, the road-going successor to the F355, was unveiled in late

1998. The new car´s revolutionary advancements were more than just skin

deep, however. An all-new aluminium space-frame created through a

partnership with Alcoa resulted in a 10 percent reduction in weight and a nearly

50 percent gain in structural rigidity. This new stiffness dramatically sharpened

the mid-engined Ferrari´s handling. Curvaceous Pininfarina-penned styling, a

dramatic departure from the designs associated with Ferrari since the late

1970s, helped usher the modern Ferrari into the 21st century.


The Challenge Series was born of a need for Ferrari to launch a racing series for

its competition-minded clients. Essentially factory-stock cars, the Challenge

Series 348, F355 and then 360s were stripped of most of their unnecessary

weight and given a high-performance suspension. It was then that Team JMB

Giesse took a 360 Challenge and modified it to the FIA´s newly created GT

regulations to compete against the Porsche GT2 in 2000. The car proved so

successful that the Ferrari factory commissioned Michelotto to create a

´works` 360 GT, wich would be sold through Ferrari´s Corse Clienti department.

Later Michelotto further developed the 360 GTs into what is considered the

ultimate specification and fastest 360, known as the 360 N-GT.


In the N-GT specification, Michelotto boosted the 360´s 3.6-liter V8 to 430

horsepower, an impressively high figure even with the required 30.8mm air

restrictors.

It is reported that the maximum power without air restrictors could have been

brought up to 540 bhp which makes it even today to a serious weapon on each

track test day or fun racing.

To match the power upgrade, a sequential gearbox was fitted to the N-GTs,

giving the car blisteringly quick gear changes. Michelotto tightened the

suspension with stiffer shocks and springs, added an adjustable anti-roll bar and

removed all non-essential weight. With wider fenders and spoilers front and

rear, the 360 N-GT was approximately 200 pounds lighter than the 360

Challenge.


Listening carefully to the new ideas of Ferrari to develop by themselves a new so

called 360 Modena N-GT Gines Vivancos the later Spanish GT Champion in 2003

had been one of the first race enthusiasts who took the chance to receive for his

Darro Motor Racingteam a factory built up FIA N-GT for the new 2001 Spanish GT

Championship. The 360 Challenge was ordered through the Madrid based

Spanish Ferrari dealership and directly delivered to Michelotto who was

commisioned by the works to carry out the development and carry out most of

the work. Within three month Chassis 0122903 was modified by Michelotto to N-

GT specification to compete in the Spanish GT championship, and was

campaigned by former Spanish GT champion Gines Vivancos of Darro Motor

Racing during the 2001 and 2002 season as well as several races in the 2003

season. The car´s racing career ended in 2004 when it was entered in the

Spanish round of the FIA GT Championshipagain with Gines Vivancos behind the

wheel.


The Ferrari 360 N-GT presented here carries Chassis No. # 122 903 and has

received by Michelotto the number # 004 M of just 20 examples modified by

Michelotto in early 2001 for the upcoming season.


This car on offer is a virgin one owner from new car coming from the estates of

Gines Vivancos which is documented by the original Bill of Sale of Ferrari Madrid

dated from January 2001 and the later invoice dated from April the same year

by Michelotto of further amazing 202.000,-  Euros.


Finished in Rosso Corsa, this particular car benefits from a fully race-outfitted

interior, including a full roll cage, racing seat, and harness. The car is presented

in its Darro Motor Racing livery, although this could easily be altered to reflect a

change in future sponsorship.


Well-suited for the enthusiast seeking to explore the tremendous performance

on offer in a modern Ferrari, this 360 Modena N-GT GT offers the unique

opportunity to acquire a track-ready limited production race FIA GT race car born

from the collaboration between Ferrari and the respected Michelotto company

having had a serious race pedigree in 2001 and 2002 owned and  driven by the

2003 FIA GT Champion Gines Vivancos and his Darro Motor Racing Team.



One owner from new coming directly from the Vivancos estates.



Race results as follows:



2001 FIA Spanish GT Championship



Race 1 Race 2


06.05. Jarama 7th GTA 8th GTA


27.05. Valencia DNS


08.07. Estoril 11th GTA 8th GTA


16.09. Albacete 4th GTA 7th GTA


14.10. Cheste 6th GTA 7th GTA


11.11. Montmelo DNS



2002 FIA Spanish GT Championship



Race 1 Race 2


07.04. Albacete 8th GTA 7th GTA


19.05. Jarama 5th GTA 7th GTA


30.06. Estoril DNF


22.09. Valencia 6th GTA 4th GTA


13.10. Jerez 4th GTA


11.11. Montmelo 8th GTA



2003 FIA Spanish GT Championship



Race 1 Race 2



18.05. Jarama 6th GTA 4th GTA






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