Ferrari 360 Modena (& Spider)
The Ferrari 360 Modena was first shown to the public at the Geneva Motorshow in 1999. A 'conventional' two seat Ferrari coupé, like the F355 which it replaced, the Ferrari 360 Modena uses a longitudinal mid-mounted engine driving the rear wheels.
The engine remained a V8, now with five valves per cylinder, and the capacity increased to 3586cc. Variable timing, variable length inlet tracts, dry sump lubrication and many more high tech features are standard, as is the increased power output of 400bhp. The Formula One derived transmission, controlled using steering wheel mounted paddles remained an option (which is specified on more than half of the cars built).
One year later the Ferrari 360 Spider was released. Mechanically identical, its chassis features some minor structural strengthening but more significantly the lack of a roof, the upper rear bodywork being redesigned to still incorporate a glass engine cover just behind the two roll hoops. A full electric hood, requiring around 25 seconds to open or close, is installed for the first time on a Ferrari spider.
As is the norm for Ferrari, the 360 (both coupé and Spider) was designed by Pininfarina. The water radiators returned to the front of the car (after several Ferraris had them side mounted at the rear) which gives the distinctive front view with the large air inlet on each side of the front bumper. A drag coefficient of 0.33 for the coupé and 0.36 (roof up, 0.44 with roof and windows down) for the Spider is coupled with an impressive amount of downforce.
A single example of a barchetta version (different to the Spider) was built as a wedding present for Luca di Montezemola, the president of Ferrari, whilst in 2003 a version based on the FIA GT race car, the F360 Challenge Stradale, was released. This has been stripped of excess weight, given optimised suspension and aerodynamics and a more powerful engine. See our news page for details and a picture.
The 360 Challenge is a one-make race series using these cars.
See several high resolution detail images of the Ferrari 360 Modena here.
Engine 3586cc (85x79mm) 90deg V8 40V dohc (per bank) with 400bhp @ 8,500rpm Suspension front : double wishbones and coil springs
rear : double wishbones and coil springs
wheelbase : 2600mm
track (front/rear) : 1669mm/1617mm
7,5x18 (front) and 10x18 (rear) wheels
Brakes ventilated discs all round with 4-pot callipers, servo assistance and ABS Transmission 6 speed manual, hydraulically actuated with steering-wheel control optional
hydraulically actuated twin disc clutch
Steering rack and pinion with power assistance, 2.8 turns lock-to-lock. Weight 1,290kg (empty)
weight distribution : 42% front / 58% rear (F1 Spider)
model max speed 0-100 km/h in gear accel (70-130km/h) standing km braking (from 100 km/h) 360 Spider F1 290 km/h 4,6 sec 13,2 sec 23,3 sec 37,1 m
Various pictures of the FIA GT and the 360 Challenge cars in action.
See our picture gallery index for images from museums, motorshows and events.
There are also wallpapers/desktop backgrounds available to download, including the 360 Modena.
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