Because Ferrari owners sometimes fancy themselves F1 drivers, and because they have the means to live out these fantasies in incredibly realistic settings, the savvy Italian carmaker now offers a race-tuned version of its 360 Modena: the Challenge Stradale. Aerodynamically, bumper and underbody modifications result in load increases that should help improve exit speeds without affecting drag. Extensive weight-reduction measures-due largely to the use of carbon fiber-result in a 240-pound savings. Carbon-ceramic rotors improve braking performance, and the engine is tuned for added power (419 hp at 8500 rpm), alterations that can be directly measured in performance. The car will accelerate from zero to 62 mph in 4.1 seconds. There are two versions of the Challenge Stradale: one with F40-style sliding windows and racing seats, and one with leather seats and wind-down windows. Gentlemen, start your engines.
BOTTOM LINE: The most extreme version of the 360 Modena is the rich