2006 Ferrari F430 430GTSOLD

2426 is the 2006 FIA GT2 World Championship winning car

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Estimate: 420,000€-450,000€

440,000 € Sold

Specifications: 440 bhp 3996 cc 4-camshaft aluminum alloy V8 engine (type F136), six-speed + reverse sequential paddle shift gearbox, independent suspension via overlapped aluminum triangular wishbones with anti-dive/squat geometry, helicoidal springs, adjustable shock absorbers and adjustable anti-roll bar, Brembo steel disc brakes with six- piston calipers front and four-piston calipers rear. Wheelbase: 2,600mm (102.4")

Ferrari ’ s first-ever two-seat mid-engine V-8 sports car, the 308 GTB, was so successful that with only minor updates and small model variations, it sold from 1975 to 1989. While by no means inexpensive, this “ entry-level ” Ferrari found a larger audience than had been previously reached. Eventually, however, the 328 reached the developmental limits of the original design and for 1990 a complete replacement, the 348 was introduced. Although a brand new model, the 348 retained the basic theory – two-seat, mid-engine V-8 that helped make the 308/328 series so successful. After the 348 came the 355 in 1995, then the 360 Modena in 2000, and then the 360 Spider in 2001. For 2005, the 360 series evolved into the F430.

The F430 carries over much of the 360 ’ s extruded aluminum space frame, suspension, interior layout, and longitudinal V-8 configuration. As such, the F430 isn ’ t considered a replacement for the 360 Modena, but an evolution of it. With this in mind, it is interesting that 70% of the parts are new, including the leaner, taller Pininfarina body. Further enhancements included an optional braking system with carbon-ceramic discs. The overall design of the F430 is more aerodynamic in look, but it also takes advantage of a new underbody winglet in the nose, air baffles on the otherwise flat belly pan, a finned rear diffuser, and a little tail spoiler. The diffuser creates down force and eliminates the need for a large rear wing. At 199km/h, the F430 ’ s axles carry about 50 kg more weight than the 360 ’ s do.

Of course, with such well-developed road cars in hand, it is only natural that some of Ferrari ’ s customers would plan to go racing. For closed circuit use, Ferrari offers its customers two versions of the F430, the F430 Challenge and F430 GT. While the F430 Challenge model offers many track-oriented features not found on the F430, it is the F430 GT that is ready for FIA racing right out of the box.

The F430 GT was developed in conjunction with long-time partner, Michelotti. The transformation from road to race car starts by removing all driver aids and the full interior, while replacing much of the body with a combination of carbon fiber, Nomex and Kevlar to reach a weight of 1,100 kgs. Although the aluminum chassis is virtually the same, the F430 GT features a smaller version of its V8 that breathes through two 28 mm restrictors for FIA-sanctioned races. When compared to the 360 GTC it replaces, the F430 GT has a lot more torque, torsional rigidity and better aerodynamics. In the hands of a competent race team, the F430 GT will give the Porsches stiff competition in the FIA GT2 championships.

Chassis 2426 is the most successful F430 GT to date. Built specifically for racing, it was one of two Ferrari F430 GTs run by the Italian based AF Corse team. The 2006 FIA GT championship was very competitive and provided spectators with some very close racing between Aston Martin, Porsche, and Ferrari. Only the most reliable and quickest car would clinch the title and after 7 rounds, AF Corse was able to secure not one but two titles during the 2006 season.

Chassis 2426, driven by Jaime Melo, Matteo Bobbi and Tony Vilander, not only won the driver ’ s championship for Jaime Melo, but also the 2006 FIA GT World Championship, a truly remarkable result proving that an F430 GT, in the right hands, is a very effective and nearly unbeatable racing machine.

Chassis 2426 is finished in Rosso Corsa, with a full racing interior. The car will be fully serviced by AF Corse prior to the sale and will be on the button and ready to be a front runner in the 2007 FIA GT season.

Upon collection of the car, the new buyer will be entitled to a shakedown session with AF Corse, Jaime Melo, the 2006 FIA GT2 world champion, and Ferrari at the Fiorano test track. The 2 day shakedown will give the new buyer an opportunity to familiarize himself with the car and learn from the master, Jaime Melo, who will spend the day instructing the new owner. A detailed program for the shakedown can be found in the adjacent table.

Almost since the beginning, Ferrari ’ s best clients have had the opportunity to buy special cars directly from the factory for use in their own racing efforts. Chassis 2426 continues that tradition, offering the new owner a chance to acquire last year ’ s GT2 championship-winning car – along with a personal training session with the reigning World Champion.

Reference Number 8005

as of 3/18/2007

Overview
Car 2006 Ferrari F430 430GT
VIN 2426 
Exterior / Interior Color      Red /      Red 
Configuration Left Hand Drive (LHD) 
Transmission Paddle Shift 
Options Competition: Full Race setup, Racing Seats, Rollcage
Exterior: Alloy rims 
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