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1998 Ferrari F355 Berlinetta F1 – NOW SOLD

Vehicle Description

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 After the great success of the 348, Ferrari needed to adapt to modern car standards, which not only were beautiful and exceptionally performant, but also comfortable and enjoyable to drive. This was accomplished in 1994 though the modern and excellent F355. New fresh lines, a brand new 5 valves V8 engine and state of the art aerodynamics for the era, the Ferrari F355 was an innovative car for both the wind tunnels tests and mechanical overwhelm – in fact, many reviewers in ’95 declared the F355 has “easily the best eight-cylinder Ferrari ever driven”. This Berlinetta was offered in both a 6 speed manual transmission and an F1 semi-automatic gearbox.

The brand new V8 allowed for better intake permeability compared to the 348 and resulted in an engine that was considerably more powerful, producing the beauty of 375bhp. The engine’s compression ratio is 11:1 and employs the Bosch Moronic M5,2 engine control unit by being a post 1996 model. This Motronic system controls the electronic fuel injection and ignition systems, with a single spark plug per cylinder.

The frame is a steel monocoque with tubular steel rear sub-frame with front and rear suspensions using independent, unequal-length wishbones, coil springs over gas-filled telescopic shock absorbers with electronic control servos and anti-roll bars. The F355 allows selection between two damper settings, “Comfort” and “Sport”. These two can be activated from a switch, – meticulously placed at the reach of a fingertip for a more sporty and road gripping sensation. Furthermore, the F355 finally fitted a power steering system, meaning it was far more pleasurable to drive in town and at low speeds than its predecessor. In nowadays terms, this means it’s a great Sunday driver.

The design team at Pininfarina spent countless hours in order to figure out a ground breaking design. This means aerodynamic designs for the car included over 1,300 hours of wind tunnel analysis. The car incorporates a Nolder profile on the upper portion of the tail, and a fairing on the underbody that generates downforce when the car is at speed.

This very particular example is fitted with the F1 gearbox. Derived directly from Formula 1 the electro-hydraulic system was operated by paddles behind the steering wheel using the F355’s conventional 6-speed manual gearbox. This means the gearbox is not automatic, in fact the mechanism is just like a manual one, however the change in gears is operated by the car, allowing it to be up to 20 times faster than a human gear change.

Pictures and full description coming soon!

Vehicle Specifications

  • Registration date: 1998
  • Milage: 35,000 mi
  • Condition: Used
  • Exterior Color: Red
  • Interior Color: black
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Engine: 3.5 L
  • Drivetrain: RWD

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