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For the 360, Ferrari partnered with Alcoa to produce an entirely new all-aluminium space frame chassis that was 40% stiffer than the F355 which it replaced. The design was 28% lighter despite a 10% increase in overall dimensions. Along with a lightweight frame, the new Pininfarina body styling dispensed with the previous decade's sharp angles and flip-up headlights in favour of a much more modern, curvaceous outline. The new V8 engine, common to all versions, utilised a 3.6-litre capacity, flat plane crankshaft, titanium connecting rods and generates 395 bhp (294 kW, 400 PS). Despite what, on paper, look like modest gains, in reality, the power to weight ratio was significantly improved over the F355, due to the combination of both a lighter car and more power. According to Ferrari, weight was reduced by 60 kg and the 0-100 km/h (62 mph) acceleration performance improved from 4.7 to 4.5 seconds. The 360 Spider is Ferrari's twentieth road-going convertible and was always designed with a Spider variant in mind. Since removing the roof of a coupé reduces the torsional rigidity, the 360 was built for strength in other areas and Ferrari designers strengthened the sills, stiffened the front of the floor pan, and redesigned the windscreen frame. The rear bulkhead had to be stiffened to cut out engine noise from the cabin. The convertible's necessary dynamic rigidity is provided by additional side reinforcements and a cross brace in front of the engine. Passenger safety is ensured by a strengthened windscreen frame and roll bars. The use of light aluminium throughout results in the Spider weighing in only 60 kg (130 lb) heavier than the coupé. As with the Modena version, its 3.6 litre V8 with 294 kW (400 PS; 395 bhp) is on display under a glass cover. The engine - confined in space by the convertible's top's storage area - enjoys additional cold air supply through especially large side grills. The intake manifolds were moved toward the center of the engine between the air supply conduits in the Spider's engine compartment, as opposed to lying apart as with the Modena. In terms of performance, the 0-60 mph time was a little slower due to the slight weight increase, and the top speed was marginally reduced. Despite the car's mid-mounted V8 engine, the electrically operated top is able to stow into the compartment when not in use. The transformation from a closed top to an open-air convertible is a two-stage folding action that has been dubbed "a stunning 20-second mechanical symphony" Offered on behalf of Nick Whale Sportscars Ltd, this very special left-hand drive 360 Spider F1 is finished in Grigio Titanio with Tan Leather and has covered less than 3,000 miles in total having come from a private collection in Luxembourg. It has been stored in a meticulous manner, so much so that the car was still on the original tyres with no sign of perishing or cracking. It has a new set of tyres fitted for this Sale but the original set has been kept. It comes complete with all its original owner's manuals and service book in the Ferrari leather book pack, an untouched toolkit in its leather holder.and the original tyre inflation kit. The interior is in outstanding order with no sign of wear, the switches are all perfectly intact, the carpets and seats are pristine, and the car has a current MOT. This sparkling F1 Spider was re-commissioned on the 03.10.2014 at 4,542 kilometers by JMH Automotive, a well known Ferrari specialist. It had a full service and cambelts, a process repeated almost two years later on 30.08.2016 at 4,546 kilometers. We are confident that this extremely low mileage 360 Spider is one of the very best available to buy today.
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