Taking The Challenge: Get A POV View Of Throwing A Ferrari 348 Challenge Around A Track!


Taking The Challenge: Get A POV View Of Throwing A Ferrari 348 Challenge Around A Track!

We might not be Ferrari types around here, but we can always appreciate it when someone takes one of Maranello’s finest, grabs it by the scruff of the neck and throws it around a racetrack. It’s the one endearing term of Enzo Ferrari himself that BangShift appreciates: he built cars to be driven and driven hard, not cars meant to sit in a climate-controlled garage, where they get wiped down with only the finest materials the moment a layer of dust has formed on the paint. Ferrari’s legacy isn’t about building to a well-heeled buyer so much as it’s about building and selling a very capable machine to a well-heeled buyer who wants to drive a car at 10/10ths whenever they feel like. For that, we can appreciate the work that goes on with any machine that wears the Prancing Horse badge. Even the bastard offspring like the Ferrari 348. Slotted between the old-school 308-based 328 and the F355 in the timeline, the 348 tends to get looked down on as a low-end car, a Ferrari that is worth ignoring.

Hmm…We will ignore that Car and Driver article that pitted a GMC Sonoma against a 348ts that saw GM’s boosted pickup triumph. But if you look at reviews from back in the day, this car pitted up against another 1990s dream machine, the Honda NSX, and compared well…the Honda was a touch more livable, the Ferrari more exciting to drive at the limit. And that was a point that needed to be made…the Ferrari was best when it was getting the holy hell kicked out of it. The engine was happier, the transaxle shifted better, and the suspension was plenty ready to play. Though, as you watch Davide Cironi whip around both the 348 Challenge and 348 GTS in this video, you have to wonder how much drifting was done in Modena during testing.

Be sure to turn on the closed captions on the video to get the English translations!


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