The Ferrari 348 GT Competizione Is A Rare Beast

By Andrew Golseth                    Photography by Tom Shaxson

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Here’s something you don’t see every day: a Ferrari 348 GT Competizione. Like most special edition prancing ponies, competition tweaked road-going cars are made in low numbers for the true diehard Ferrari fans—oftentimes their sole existence stems from homologation necessity, meaning only the minimum for regulation requirements are produced.

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This one is a 1995 Ferrari 348 GT Competizione.  This particular Competizione is one of the last ones produced. The 355 came out in 1994 and this car wasn’t registered until 1995 in England. They made just 50 GT Competizione models with just eight configured in right hand drive for England, this car being one of those eight.
The 348 GT Competizione is pretty special. They were built to meet GT Championship racing homologation requirements. So, it’s extra lightweight, 190 kilograms lighter than a standard 348. They got the weight down with carbon kevlar bumpers, doors, sills, and F40 carbon kevlar bucket seats as standard.
It’s also got special lightweight three-piece Speedline rims, a different exhaust specially made for these cars, a revised rear sub frame, and slightly different dampers all around—plus the floor mats and air-condition system were removed. Obviously, it’s got slightly more power than your standard 348, about 320 horsepower.
 

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This car is number 41 of 50—the 348 GT Competiziones were numbered with a plaque, which is pretty cool because even the Enzo didn’t get an exact number, they just got a “1 of 399” plaque. It was used in a lot of British hill climb events over the years. From 2005 to 2011, it did a lot of hill climb work. At one point, in a hill climb championship, they had four of the eight right hand drive 348 Competiziones racing against each other, which is pretty crazy to think so many are still actively being driven in competition.

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