The Ferrari 348 Challenge

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Ferrari 348 Challenge – Key Details

The Ultimate Guide to the Ferrari 348 Challenge

Ferrari 348 Challenge – Photo Gallery

Ferrari 348 Challenge – Technical Specifications

Ferrari 348 Challenge – Registry & Videos

Ferrari 348 Challenge – Key Details

Ferrari 348 ChallengeDetail
Launched: 1993
Engine: V8 – Rear Engine
Power: 235 kW (320 hp) at 7200 rpm
Torque: 324 Nm (33 kgm) at 5000 rpm
Top Speed: TBC
0-62 mph (0-100 kmh): TBC
Replaces: TBC
Fiorano Lap time: TBC
Did you know: TBC

The Ultimate Guide to the Ferrari 348 Challenge

FERRARI 348 CHALLENGE – A CHALLENGER APPEARS

With so many great models having participated in the Ferrari Challenge race series, it is easy to forget the car that started it all: the 348 Challenge. Back when it was first started, the Challenge series was restricted to Italian and European markets only. In a move primarily intended to drum up enthusiasm for its products, Ferrari took its standard 348 TB model and added just enough upgrades to make it suitable for track driving. Owners were then invited to compete in the Ferrari-only Challenge series for the next two years.

THE BASICS

As will be discussed further down, the 348 Challenge used relatively few modifications in its transition to the track. As such, it shared many components with the car it was based on. Let’s start with the 3.4-litre V8, which used dry sump lubrication and four valves per cylinder. Next up is the gated 5-speed manual transmission, which was all-new for the 348 model. Pop-up headlights hint at the car’s 1980’s roots, while the prominent sides strakes show that the design was heavily influenced by the iconic Testarossa.

TURNING THE 348 TB INTO A TRACK CAR

Compared to modern challenge Ferraris, the 348 received few upgrades for the track. Notably, the engine was reworked for an increase of 20 horsepower, while a race exhaust and upgraded brakes were fitted to the car. New air intakes and racing tyres were also added, for good measure. Finally, to meet race requirements, safety features such as a roll cage, fire extinguisher, and safety harness were put on. While the brief upgrade list left many to assume that the 348 Challenge was nothing more than a warmed-over production version of the 348 TB, those who have actually driven the car tell a different story. Many have asserted that the Challenge version was completely transformed, with the race upgrades addressing all of the weak points on the road-going car.

CONCLUSION

The final year of competition for the 348 Challenge would be 1995, when it shared the track with the new F355 Challenge. Later Challenge models, from that F355 to the current 488 Challenge, use much more extensive updates to become track worthy, but that can’t detract from the fact that the 348 Challenge started the successful series and accomplished its founder’s goal of drumming up excitement for the brand.

Ferrari 348 Challenge – Photo Gallery

Photo Credits: RM Sotheby’s

Ferrari 348 Challenge – Technical Specifications

Technical SpecificationDetail
Performance
0-100 km/hTBC
0 -200 km/hTBC
Max. speedTBC
Engine
TypeV8
Overall displacement3404 cm3
Max. power output*235 kW (320 hp) at 7200 rpm1894 mm
Max. torque*324 Nm (33 kgm) at 5000 rpm
Dimensions & Weight
Length4230 mm
Width1894 mm
Height1170 mm
Dry weight**TBC
Fuel ConsumptionTBC
Co2 EmissionsTBC

Ferrari 348 Challenge – Registry & Videos

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