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Ferrari has adopted a full model change approach in which it evolves completely every two generations. For example, 308 and 328, 348 and F 355 can be said to be sisters, and the most recent one is 458 and 488 (In 488, however, an evolutionary model called F8 tributes appeared, breaking the cycle of every 2 generations. As in tester losser, 512 TR, F 512 M).
After the F 355 series, the 360 series, which appeared in 99, also evolved into the F 430.
The number 360 comes from the 3.6 liter 5 valve V8 engine. However, the previous nomenclature, 308, 328, and 348, was very simple in that the first two digits were the displacement, the last 8 were the number of cylinders, and 355 was a special case of displacement plus 5 valves. It should be called 368 or 365. I don't know why it was 360 now.
Instead, his first debut, Berlinetta (Coupe), was given the subname "Modena". Therefore, 360 modelers are often referred to as "Modena" rather than as numbers.
The styling was Pininfarina from the time led by Kiyoyuki Okuyama. According to one theory, the design was slightly thinner and sharper, but it is said to be a little thicker than the original design in order to expand the interior space and make it easier for women to get on and off.
The body frame has become more modern than the previous series. The space frame body is made of aluminum, and aerodynamics, including underfloor aerodynamics, have evolved significantly, resulting in significant performance improvements in conjunction with improvements in power train performance. To improve the body and aerodynamic performance, we abandoned the nostalgic tunnel-back supercar style of the F 355 and earlier to a fastback style with a glass hatch where the engine room can be seen. In addition, the retractable headlight that used to be synonymous with supercars has been changed from the 360 series to a fixed type.
The open model 360 spider debuted in 2000. As the spider's name suggests, it was a complete convertible with an electric soft-top. You can also find traces of the tunnel back design in the soft top style. The elaborate opening and closing movement attracted attention.
Also, it should be said that it was a trend of the times, the GTS model of the Talga top that has been popular since the 308 era was not adopted in the 360 series. Given that the latest 488 Spider is a retractable hardtop open model, a compromise between full open and Talgatop, Ferrari may have had some trial and error.
2003 will see a high performance version of Challenge Stradale. It was the origin of the special series that became very popular after it became the road version of the train for one-make lace "challenge". The 360 series was the breakthrough model that led to the modern Ferrari V8 series.
Production ended in 2005, and the powertrain was renewed and replaced with the F 430 series.
8800 Modena (Berlinetta), 7600 Spiders and 1300 "Charest" were produced.It's one of the fastest spiders in the world.
|Jun Nishikawa’s Highlights!|
It's a 2004 model, so it's almost the last model, 360 Spider F1 (2 pedal semi MT). Ice blue is the popular color of spider. However, this individual must not be deceived by the shades of fancy. As you can see from the GT-style bumper, the Challenge BBS wheel, the GT-style mirror, and the racing towing hook, this spider is modified to be "run".
The best part was the interior. The dashboard and seats remain normal. It even has a calm atmosphere. But, but! Even so, the interior of this creature appeared to be Spartan, for it had a fine roll gauge.
The current owner loves to attack the circuit. However, the famous circuit does not officially admit commercial open model sports driving. If you really wanted to drive a convertible, you had to build a roll gauge with a strong reinforcement to meet the rules of the circuit.
However, this is easy to say and difficult to do, and in fact, this roll gauge was completed after many hardships, as it was made while consulting with the Suzuka Circuit, the main battlefield of the current owner.
From installation of roll gauges to assistance, brakes, and engine maintenance, to various modifications, inspections, periodic inspections, and repairs, all these were carried out by Nakamura Engineering, a Ferrari specialist in Nara. Kazuhiko Nakamura, who is known for his obsession with the performance of vaulting horses, said, "360 Spider for the Best" He is an individual with thorough attention to detail.
You can enjoy everything from everyday life to the circuit at ease. It is an individual whose enormous maintenance records promise to do so more than anything else.
Originally written by Jun Nishikawa
Photo by Hidehiro Tanaka
Published on March 2019
|Year of Purchase||Aug 2004|