For those who might find the 294 kW Ferrari 360 Modena too tame for their liking, the Scuderia is developing a road-going version of the European 360 Challenge racecar.

For those who might find the 294 kW Ferrari 360 Modena too tame for their liking, the Scuderia is developing a road-going version of the European 360 Challenge racecar.

Seen as a foil for the upcoming 373 kW Lamborghini Gallardo and the next incarnation of the Porsche 911 GT3, Ferrari has announced a new version of the 360 Modena that promises to be, as they say, hardcore. The car is likely to be called the 360 GT.

The 360’s powerplant remains unchanged, but weight has been cut dramatically. According to reports, the GT is said to virtually match the racer's 1167kg kerb weight, a saving of more than 220kg over the standard road car.

According to , the GT’s power-to-weight ratio is in the region of 257 kW per ton. Porsche has yet to release weight figures for the GT3, but its predecessor had 202 kW per ton, while even the GT2, which was tested by CAR in the January 2003 edition, has “only” 239 kW per ton.

A spokesman for Ferrari said the race-bred Prancing Horse will rocket from zero to 100 km/h in around four seconds - it may even dip into the high threes!

Sources suggest that the more extreme 360 will ditch the standard car's electronic damping system in favour of the 360 Challenge's well-developed track-biased set-up, comprising Boge shock absorbers, harder springs with aluminium suspension bushes and a thicker, 22mm rear anti-roll bar.

The brakes will be uprated and F1 paddle-change gearbox are expected to be fitted as standard on this version of the 360.

Further details will be released by Ferrari when the car is launched at the Geneva Motor in March.