As I write this I am already onto my third laptop having drooled saliva all over the previous two and pretty much destroyed them.
Yep, mention the word Ferrari to me and my knees giveaway and my ability to form tangible sentences evaporates quicker than a group of friends out to dinner when the bill suddenly arrives.
But I know I am not the only one, I mean, how can I be? Just rattling off a list of Ferraris’ that dribble lust is a past time I could never get bored of.
GTO, Testarossa, 288 GTO, F40, four names that have the ability to single handily change the Earth’s atmosphere just by turning a key.
Another personal Ferrari favourite of mine as a kid was the F355. The ultimate pin-up car of the ’90s (alongside the equally luscious Lamborghini Diablo) looked lightyears ahead of its time and to this day still looks like a brand-new release.
It seemed then that Ferrari could do no more – at least in my eyes – but then, as a new millennium drew ever nearer a thundering roar on the horizon could be heard.
A stonking V8 pumping out 3,586cc could be heard screaming over the Genevan Hills but what was it?
As it came closer the body was red, the badge was a prancing horse and in the year 1999, the Ferrari 360 was born.
360 Heralds a new Millennium
The Ferrari 360 is undoubtedly a beautiful piece of machinery but in 1999 it was met with criticism from some corners.
Taking over from the slightly squarer F355, not everyone was taken with the 360s more rounded features (although you wouldn’t tell it to its face) but little did the world know at the time that is the style that would go on to set the trend ever since in supercars.
A year after the initial release, Ferrari bought out the 360 Spider to complete the hardtop 360 Modena and if anything, the Spider was the main prize in the 360 range.
The mid-engine V8 in both the hardtop and soft version brought with it memories of the iconic F40 and 288 GTO (have you Googled them yet?) and was upgraded from the 355 from 3.5 to 3.6 litres.
That meant the 360 Spider was producing 400bhp at 8500 rpm with a 0-62 time of 4.98 seconds and a top speed in the region of 175 mph.
That is some speed for a convertible but one notable thing was the clear casing covering the engine bay leaving it visible for all and sundry to see.
And what a sight it is too, a true Ferrari mid-engine Ferrari V8 screaming under the casing is something everyone should witness.
It is like an awakened beast screaming to be released and return to its birthplace – the tarmac.
Fortunately, we were lucky enough to get a close up of this stunning machine recently at Brooklands Museum in which the owner describes the noise of the 360 Spider as: –
“A gurgle to a crazy metallic trumpet-like scream”
Yes, the hairs on the back of your neck stand up, you feel the Earth beneath your feet shake and you feel the deepest rumble in your stomach.
And you know what – you absolutely love it.
In 2004, the Ferrari F430 was unveiled at the Paris Motor Show thus bringing the end of the 360 models.
However, despite the early criticism, the 360’s legacy had been assured and the car that guided Ferrari through the Millennium now sits high on the pedestal of modern Ferrari’s.
Looks like I have another crush to add to my car list.
(A huge thank you to Tariq for allowing us around his Ferrari 360 Spider – Much appreciated).
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