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Ferrari F355 Spider - 1995

Overview

F355 Spider

1995

Open sports cars are an integral part of Ferrari tradition: the first Ferrari ever to be built, in fact, was an open sports car – the 125 S. The F355 Spider’s Pininfarina-penned lines were honed by 1,800 hours in the wind tunnel. The result successfully blended the elegance and aerodynamics of the F355 Berlinetta with open air driving.

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Ferrari F355 Spider - 1995

For the first time on a Ferrari, the semi-automatic soft-top was powered electronically. The sophisticated 5-valve per cylinder V8 engine guaranteed class-topping performance.

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The Story

The first Ferrari ever built was an open-top. Spiders always held a very special and vital place in Enzo Ferraris’ heart and later in that of the company itself. The inspiration behind every Ferrari spider is a mix of a genuinely sporty engineering and the thrill of open-top driving.

The F355 Spider brought this spirit to a whole new level by melding the berlinetta and the GTS’s acknowledged performance with a superbly efficient electronically-operated semi-automatic soft top. The factors that made the F355 such a successful model made the transition unaltered to the Pininfarina-styled Spider: a very elastic 380 hp engine with five valves per cylinder, 109 hp/litre specific power output, 4.7-second 0 a 100 km/h sprinting and 37 Kgm of torque.

Ferrari F355 Spider - 1995
Ferrari F355 Spider - 1995

The Body

The two-seater F355 Spider had a steel and aluminium body. Its styling was moulded around an aerodynamically severe design that included a full-body undertray designed to equalise downforce (Cl) between the two axles.

The cabin was designed with both safety and driving pleasure in mind. The seats and trim were Connolly leather. Composite racing seats were also available to order. The chassis was a steel monocoque with a tubular steel rear sub-frame for the engine-suspension assembly. Both front and rear suspension used independent unequal-length wishbones and coil springs over gas-filled telescopic electronic dampers with two settings. The car also has anti-roll bars.

The steering was rack and pinion with power-assist, and optional mechanical gear. The brakes had self-venting discs and excludable ABS ATE. The 18” wheel rims were magnesium.

The Engine

The mid-rear 3496 cc 90° V8 was longitudinally mounted and punched out 380 hp, giving it a specific power output of 109 hp/l. Distribution was by means of twin overhead cams with five valves per cylinder. The con rods were titanium, while the control unit was the Bosch M5.2. Dry sump lubrication and a six-speed plus reverse mechanical gearbox completed the picture along with a dry single-plate clutch.

Ferrari F355 Spider - 1995

Careful selection of the best shots of the F355 Spider in high definition. The photo gallery shows the distinctive features of this model Ferrari in 1995, focusing on the details and the most important parts.

Careful selection of the best shots of the F355 Spider in high definition. The photo gallery shows the distinctive features of this model Ferrari in 1995, focusing on the details and the most important parts.

Specifications

V8 Engine

Type rear, longitudinal 90° V8
Bore/stroke 85 x 77 mm
Unitary displacement 436.94 cc
Total displacement 3495.50 cc
Compression ratio 11 : 1
Maximum power 279 kW (380 hp) at 8250 rpm
Power per litre 109 hp/l
Maximum torque 363 Nm (37 kgm) at 6000 rpm
Valve actuation twin overhead camshafts per bank, five valves per cylinder
Fuel feed Bosch Motronic M2.7 electronic injection
Ignition Bosch Motronic M2.7 static electronic, single spark plug per cylinder
Lubrication dry sump
Clutch single-plate
Frame steel monocoque with tubular steel rear sub-frame
Front suspension independent, unequal-length wishbones, coil springs over gas-filled telescopic shock absorbers, anti-roll bar
Rear suspension independent, unequal-length wishbones, coil springs over gas-filled telescopic shock absorbers, anti-roll bar
Brakes discs
Transmission 6-speed + reverse
Steering rack-and-pinion
Fuel tank capacity 82 litres
Front tyres 225/40 ZR 18
Rear tyres 265/40 ZR 18
Type two-seater spider
Length 4250 mm
Width 1900 mm
Height 1170 mm
Wheelbase 2450 mm
Front track 1514 mm
Rear track 1615 mm
Weight 1350 kg (dry)
Top speed 295 km/h
Acceleration 0-100 km/h 4.7 sec
0-400 m 12.9 sec
0-1000 m 23.7 sec