Ferrari 360 Modena OriginsAbout the Ferrari 360 Modena
The Ferrari 360 Modena’s pioneered design sets a new trend for Ferrari cars and other sports cars as well. Engineers designed the model from scratch instead of making modifications to previous models. The Ferrari 360 Modena is the first ever Ferrari car to use a complete aluminum chassis, which drastically reduces the overall weight of the car. In fact, the all-aluminum chassis is one of the primary reasons that the 360 Modena weighs less than the 355, despite its larger size.
Apart from this, the Ferrari 360 Modena is also the first Ferrari car to be fitted with a clear glass engine cover. This design feature later became a trend in all Ferrari cars. The design itself is meant to be, in Sergio Pininfarina’s words, “fluid from beginning to end.” Ferrari managed this by putting the 360 Modena through several tunnel tests. At a time when sports cars were all about flip-up headlights and sharp angles, Ferrari designed the 360 Modena to be aerodynamic.
Another popular aspect of the Ferrari 360 Modena is its grace on the road. The 360 Modena offers faster and more agile driving than the 355—not to mention it’s more comfortable.Ferrari 360 Modena Features
Production of the Ferrari 360 Modena ceased in 2004. Nevertheless, this model is still in high demand among secondary markets across the world. Similar to the F355, the 360 Modena comes equipped with a V-8 engine, but it out performs the F355 because of the added stiffness and light weight of its newly designed frame.
The 2004 model of the Ferrari 360 Modena has a power to weight ratio of 0.9 lbs/bhp, which is better than that of its predecessor. The engine itself delivers 400 bhp at 8500 rpm, as well as 275 lb-ft at 4750 rpm. The lightweight chassis of the Ferrari 360 Modena makes it 0.8 seconds faster than the 355, and it goes from zero to 62 mph in 4.4 seconds. The transmission of the 2004 edition Ferrari 360 Modena can either be a six-speed manual or a F1-styled, electro-hydraulic manual. It reaches a top speed of 180 mph.
The interior of the Ferrari 360 Modena is larger than that of the F355 because of its large wheelbase. The seats are leather-wrapped and hug the driver and passenger for greater support. The 360 Modena also improves on the storage space the 355 by offering ample space, even behind the seats.Ferrari 360 Modena Evolution
The 2000 Ferrari 360 Modena is the first year of the model and is considered to be the stepping-stone for a new generation of sports cars. It comes with a standard six-speed manual transmission. The Modena made its debut at the Geneva Auto Show in 1999 and set the standard for later models of the 360 Modena, as well as its successors.
The 2001 model of the Ferrari 360 Modena remains largely unchanged on the inside. It still has the 3.6-liter V-8 engine and the same dimensions. However, Ferrari also offers the car as a hardtop convertible. This new version of the Ferrari 360 Modena includes new safety features like roll hoops.
In 2004, the engineers at Ferrari designed a new street-legal Ferrari 360 Modena Challenge Stradale (CS), which is inspired by the race-exclusive model of the Ferrari 360 Modena. The Challenge Stradale is more or less like the previous versions of the Ferrari 360 Modena, but it does have some crucial differences. For example, the aerodynamics of the Ferrari 360 Modena CS give it an increased amount of downward force. Moreover, it boasts an upgraded suspension and ceramic brakes. Better performance results from designers removing some of the comfort features, making the car lighter. The end result: a 250-pound lighter CS that delivers an increase of 25 base horsepower.