Italian tuning company, Fenice Milano, is the kind of tuner that doesn’t get into many headlines because they produce programs about as frequently as we see blue moons.
But whenever these guys have something new in store for its clients, it gets everybody’s attention, even if they have a new program for a car that’s, say, 10 years old.
That’s what they have for the Ferrari 360 Modena, a renewed program for the popular Italian supercar that served as a stylistic precursor to the F430 and the 458 Italia.
The program is called the ‘Su Misura F101,′ and includes an extensive integration of internal and external aesthetic components made of carbon fiber and fiber glass. Aerodynamically, the 360 Modena was given a slew of new components, including a new front bumper, new side skirts, a new suspension set-up with totally adjustable shock absorbers and springs, a new quad-pipe stainless steel exhaust system, and a new set of 20" three-piece, forged wheels, machined from aluminum. Inside, a list of modifications were also included, featuring adjustable seats in carbon, a new roll bar in the passenger compartment, and a new multi-media navigation center and satellite arm.
The Italian supercar also received a new ECU courtesy of Fenice Milano, which takes the car’s performance levels up a few notches north of the standard model. The new ECU also comes with a suction system, and while the Italian tuning firm didn’t reveal the increased numbers, you can expect it to be significantly more than what the standard 360 Modena and its 395-horsepower 3.6-liter V8 engine output is capable of producing.
Photographer Jason Thorgalsen has the ability to photograph some of the hottest cars on the planet, but his recent trip to one guy’s garage in California lead him into a world where high end sports cars reign supreme and alternative options for performance don’t fall short of massive creativity.
We don’t know the name of the man behind the garage, but this guy has two 1999 Ferrari 360 Modenas just chilling in his garage - one for him and one for his wife. Apparently, he was zipping around a local racetrack when the standard V8 found in the sports car blew out. Not wanting to shell out the dough for another Ferrari engine - or maybe just because he’s cool enough to find other methods for power - the owner of the Ferrari decided to head on over to Lingenfelter to make good use of their Chevy-sourced 427-ci Lingenfelter Performance-built power plant. This engine powers out over 1,000 HP compared to the 400bhp at 8500rpm and 275lb-ft at 4750rpm found in the standard engine. Yeah, this guy just became one of our idols.
Aside from the standard 360 Modena and the new powerhouse 360 Modena, the owner of this well-stocked garage is also home to two Ferrari 360 GTs, a Ferrari 360 Challenge Stradale, a Ferrari F430 Spider, a Lotus Exige, a Pagani Zonda, a Pagani Zonda Monza, a Porsche GT3, a Porsche GT3 RS, a Porsche GT3 RS MK2, two Porsche Carrera GTs, and a Ruf R Turbo Widebody. Seriously, does it get any better than that? We didn’t think so.
The Ferrari F430 is an impressive car, no doubt, but there are people out there who consider the 360 to be even better. And if you are among them and drive a 360, coupe or Spider, then here’s the right tuning package for you!
The aerodynamic package includes: front spoiler, front bumper Supersport, rear skirt, rear wing Supersport, air duct inlet, and skirts for side panels.
For the engine, Novitec Rosso is offering two programs. The first program, Sport Bi-compressor, includes 2 superchargers with separated oil-circuit, modified induction tract complete heat insulated, watercooled intercoolers with additional watercoolers, pumps, reinforced v-ripped belts with dynamic belt-tensioners, injectors, modified motronic in combination with Novitec-tectronic, and Carbon airfilter-housing for Coupe / Spider / Challenge Stradale. The output is raised to 555 hp at 8.100 rpm, the sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds, and the top speed goes up to 208 mph.
Ferrari is a brand built on front-engine V-12 touring cars. But a few decades ago, its mid-engine V-8 sports cars became the Prancing Horse’s real money makers, and now it’s make-or-break every time a new one debuts. This was especially true in 1999, when it came time to replace the F355. The car had been well loved, the best-selling Ferrari of all time at that point, and a hit with the automotive press as well. But the F355 was based on the 348, and a design dating back to 1989, and it was getting a little long in the tooth.
Ferrari’s replacement for the F355 was the 360, the first car the company made out of aluminum, and just from looking at it, it’s obvious that the mid-engine V-8 berlinetta was completely rethought for this car. The naming scheme was changed for the 360 as well. The F355 got its name from having a 3.5-liter engine with 5 valves per cylinder. The new version of the engine was 3.6 liter and still had five valves per cylinder, but there already were quite a few Ferrari models called 365, so the whole of the name comes from the engine’s total displacement, a first for a Ferrari V-8 model.
Continue reading to learn more about the Ferrari 360 Modena.
For years, from the old Ferrari 166 or Ferrari 250 GT sport saloons to, somewhat later, with the GTO or F40, Ferraris have remained Spartan in terms of their trim, even though they had luxurious touches, to focus entirely on performance in which every single gram of excess weight was eliminated. The other distinctive characteristic is the red body colour, an unmistakable sign of a Maranello car. But by the early 90s this way of conceiving cars seemed rather limited. Owning a Ferrari must give all-round pleasure and so any decision to limit comfort, usability and interior space excessively no longer made sense. The same went for colors. This change of thinking led to models like the 1992 - 1997 Ferrari 456 GT and 1996 - 2001 Ferrari 550 Maranello, or the 1995 - 1999 Ferrari F355 and, later, 1999 - 2004 Ferrari 360 Modena eight-cylinder models.
Ten years on, this progressive mutation has now given way to a certain feeling of nostalgia for a Ferrari with no frills, which models like the 1995 Ferrari F50 and 2003 to 2004 Ferrari Enzo have continued to express even though they were produced in limited runs. With the 360 Challenge Stradale, Ferrari again proposes the very essence of a racing car.
Only features that were absolutely essential to the performance and safety were built into the car; the rest were left out. The end result is an extremely lightweight, fast sports saloon, with a true racing-style set-up and impeccable handling: a model offering top-level performance that incorporates experience gained over the many thousands of kilometres covered by drivers in Challenge Championships throughout the world and advanced testing with the 360 GTs that have participated in the FIA World Championship.
There was a choice of two Challenge Stradale versions: a more extreme one with racing seats and sliding windows, last used on the F40, and another, fitted with lighter, wrap-around, leather seats and wind-down windows.
Keep reading to learn more about the Ferrari 360 Challenge Stradale.
The 360 Spider is Ferrari’s 20th road going convertible. In terms of engineering, looks, and performance it was the best production spider Maranello had ever produced at that time. Thanks to the exclusive know-how Ferrari has accumulated as a Formula 1 constructor, it was the most technologically advanced convertible available of its time.
Despite the car’s mid-mounted 400 horsepower V-8 engine, Ferrari engineers found a way of creating a roof that automatically folds into its own well between the cabin and the engine bay, thus ensuring purity of line. The intrinsic quality of the design is underlined by the two fairings in the bodywork to the rear of the seats which evoke memories of classic Ferraris. These are matched by the two roll hoops that provide maximum safety for both of the car’s occupants. With the top up the car is aggressive, emphasizing the V-8 visible through engine cover. Lowering the fully automatic roof transforms the 360 Spider, highlighting its connection to great sports racers. As strong and rigid as the Berlinetta, the 360 Spider offers performance almost identical to the coupe version, achieving a top speed over 180 mph while weighing barely 130 pounds more and offering the same amount of room for the occupants and their luggage.
The vehicle was developed from the model which won the 2001 FIA Championship, fitted out by the Michelotto workshop. Work was carried out on all areas permitted by the current regulations. The car has proved its competitiveness on a variety of different tracks, both slow and fast, and its strong point lies in its perfectly balanced set-up. Ferrari technicians focused their efforts on creating a car our customers would find easy to drive, and with totally reliable responses.