Ferrari 348 TB Challenge (1992).
Winning car of the 1995 Challenge. Road registered and in great condition.
In 1993 Ferrari launched the 348 Challenge racing series in Europe, a single series gentlemans cup. These cars were standard specification 348's, converted to Challenge spec by an official Ferrari dealer. The factory supplied a Challenge kit, which took 110 working hours to install. This kit included a full OMP rollcage, racing seats and harnesses. Also a fire extinguisher, additional cooling ducts for front and rear brakes, and 18" Speedline magnesium wheels were fitted. The ECU was upgraded to allow 7800 rpm and to deliver 320 bhp, and a lower gearing for 1st and 2nd gear was installed. It was a proper race car, with improved brakes and stiffened and lowered suspension.
The example we have now on offer is quite a well known one. Delivered new by Garage Auvergne Moteurs, official Ferrari dealer in Beaumont (France), and immediately converted to Challenge specification for the first owner Mr. Christian Heinkele. He raced the car in the West Series of the 348 Challenge championship during three years, and with good results. In the first year (1993), Mr. Heinkele finished 11th, in 1994 he finished 5th and finally in 1995 he won the championship with his 348. After him, two successive French owners used the car on the road,and it finally arrived in a private collection where it was kept in perfect condition. This 348 still has all its correct Challenge details, including the original cage and seats, and is European road registered. There comes a huge file with the car with many invoices and race results, which give a good and detailed overview of its history.
Driving this 348 Challenge is an experience you won't easily forget. The engine produces a gorgeous sound - even at idle - and it does ride like a proper competition car with a precise steering feel, impressive performance and matching brakes. This is the kind of car which gives you goosebumps everytime you start the engine, and which feels very special every single minute.
A 348 Challenge is quite a rare car, and finding one in this condition and with road registration is really difficult. This Ferrari looks dropdead gorgeous in its yellow livery with anthracite wheels, and a real sensation when you're behind the wheel. This is probably one of the coolest cars we ever had in stock.