Presented by RM Sotheby’s – Manufactured by Ferrari Corse Clienti department alongside Michelotto Automobili from 2006 to 2010, the Ferrari F430 GTC was the most advanced racing derivative of the F430. The GTC was designed to compete in the international GT2 class in events such as the FIA GT Championship, Europe’s Le Mans Series, and the American Le Mans Series. Several F430 GTCs, including this example, competed in the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Due to FIA GT2 requirements on weight and engine displacement, Ferrari changed the cranks on their 4.3-liter V-8 that was fitted to the F430 to create this car. This brought the displacement down to 3,994.5 cubic centimeters, allowing the F430 GTC to compete in the 3.8- to 4.0-liter class, with a minimum weight of 1,100 kilograms. This revised V-8 produced 439 horsepower and increased the minimum weight of an F430 by 50 kilograms; the weight gain was offset by the F430 GTC’s overall reduced weight, ultimately resulting in an improved power-to-weight ratio.
In general, Ferrari’s F430 GTC proved to be a highly competitive car, winning its class championships in the American Le Mans Series and the FIA GT. GTCs scored class wins at the 2007, 2009, and 2010 12 Hours of Sebring and at the 2008 and 2009 24 Hours of Le Mans. This GTC was delivered new in 2006 to its first owner, JMB Racing, based in Monaco. Between 2006 to 2011, this example would race 36 times in the GT2 class, and also compete at the 2008 edition of 24 Hours of Le Mans, where it achieved a strong 4th in class, and the 2009 24 Hours of Spa. Other notable results included 2nd in class at Interlagos in November 2007, 2nd at the International Open GT in Barcelona in October 2010, followed by a 3rd place in race one at the International GT Open Imola in May 2011.
This car received many of the GTC revisions introduced in 2009, such as air conditioning, suspension, engine brackets, traction control, electronic power steering, launch control, removable rear fender, and a revised radiator air intake. In addition to these upgrades, this F430 GTC is currently fitted with a Step 5 engine and exhaust. The car is offered with a spare engine, exhaust, and additional spare parts. Today, the car is finished in metallic blue with 24 Hours of Le Mans 2008 livery, underwent a component crack test in 2018 and comes with Ferrari Classiche certification.
RM Sotheby’s will present this vehicle as part of a single-owner collection comprised of 75 of the finest racing and road cars in the world, offered entirely without reserve. The Guikas Collection, to be sold at Paul Ricard Circuit in France in November 2021, presents pedigrees spanning from the endurance racing of the 24 Hours of the Le Mans to the world stage of Formula One and nearly everything in between. The collection of race cars will provide modern racing enthusiasts an introduction into virtually all vintage racing series worldwide, including GT and road cars that are equally impressive which offer a wide selection of Pre- and Post War sports cars.