Unique Ferrari, built in Japan, will go under the hammerMarch 2, 2020
Racing Ferrari F430 sold in Japanese Super GT series
Japanese auction house BH Auctions in the summer will hold bidding on racing cars. One of the most visible lots will be the unique Ferrari F430, which performed in the prestigious Super GT racing series.
This is a car of unusual fate: his racing biography in the Super GT series began in 2003, but he left the factory in Maranello as an ordinary serial coupe of the 360 Modena model.
The transformation of a serial sports car into a GT300 class racing car was handled by the Japanese engineering firm Dome. She is known for her prototypes for the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the Honda NSX Coupe and HSV-010 GT for the Honda racing program in the Royal GT500 Super GT Series.
The customer was an old acquaintance of the founder of the Dome, Minoru Hayashi, businessman Keiji Tanaka, who headed the packaging company TANAX.
Dome designers redesigned the Ferrari almost completely: for example, most of the power structure of the body was replaced by a welded space frame. The rear used suspension on pushing arms with a T-shaped stabilizer. The original aerodynamic tail was developed during numerous tests in a wind tunnel. The engine is an atmospheric V8 3.5 Ferrari model F131B, with 5-valve heads, prepared for racing by the Japanese company Toda Racing.
In 2008, the car received a new appearance in the spirit of the more modern Ferrari F430 model.
A number of racing cars were produced on the basis of 360 Modena and F430 sports cars: Ferrari itself created cars for its Ferrari Challenge monocup, as well as for professional competitions in GT3 and GT2 classes. But Dome-built Ferrari in Japan is unique. The Super GT Series is Japan’s most prestigious racing championship. It dates back to 1993, when the JGTC (Japanese Grand Touring Championship) series was created. It received its current name in 2005. Traditionally, there are two classes in the championship: GT500, intended for semi-factory teams, and GT300 for “private traders”.
Until recently, very unusual cars of a radical design, created according to their own, completely original regulations, were playing in the championship. But now cars in the GT500 category are close to the cars of the German DTM series, and in the younger class GT300 – mainly cars of the international class GT3.
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