Ferrari 360 & F430 Third Brake Light

The central brake light fitted into the engine cover of a 360 or F430 is generally a reliable piece of kit.  However failures can occur and it should come as no surprise that Ferrari charge an eyewatering £126 for something that would have cost a few pounds to manufacture.  Cost conscious owners will be pleased to learn that Superformance sell a pattern light for a (slightly) more palatable £50 (it should also be noted that this part should also fit a 599 and an Enzo).  Here are the two units side by side.

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The important dimensions are very close but there are differences between the two parts.  The OEM light has individual bulbs inside reflector bowels whereas the pattern part has a strip of LEDs behind the red lens.  This results in a slimmer unit.  The wiring is also different – the OEM light has an onboard connector and a short loom, the pattern part just two wires attached.

In order to make it work I recover the protective plastic sheath for the earth and the connector for the positive.  A fresh M6 ring terminal is also required.

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The terminal can be crimped in place and with a little solder, heat shrink and loom tape the replacement unit is nearly ready to fit.

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The pattern part doesn’t come with a heat shield, which is also a separate part to the OEM light (add another £30) and to be honest I don’t think it needs protection due to the smaller size.  However, I prefer to add a little aluminium tape to reflect any heat away.

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Before fitting, the stand-off spacers will need to be recovered from the old part.  I also prefer to reuse the original nylock nuts since the pattern part is only supplied with plain nuts.

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The unit fits well into the gap and looks right at home.

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Light output is also good:

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One thought on “Ferrari 360 & F430 Third Brake Light

  1. Hi Aldous, thought you might be interested to know that Simon Furlonger over at Ashford has a low milage 360 F1 Year 2001 at over £109,000 and a second similar car at just under £100,000 Thanks for all your excellent work, Regards, Colin

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