V-6-powered Ferrari 296 GT3 race car revealed

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Ferrari final week gave a primary have a look at its new GT3-spec race automotive primarily based on the 296 GTB.

The automotive accomplished its preliminary shakedown take a look at in April at Ferrari’s Fiorano racetrack, and following its homologation course of later this yr will function the substitute for the present 488 GT3.

The primary race is confirmed as subsequent January’s 2023 Daytona 24 Hours, the opening spherical of the IMSA SportsCar Championship. And when it begins racing, it’s going to have a brand new Porsche 911 GT3 R to deal with.

The 296 GT3 encompasses a sharp design with loads of aerodynamic components that collectively assist enhance downforce some 20% greater than on the 488 GT3. Inspiration for the design got here from the 250 LM, the automotive that earned Ferrari its last total victory on the 24 Hours of Le Mans again in 1965.

The 296 GT3 shares a powertrain with the 296 GTB, although on account of technical laws it skips the electrified components of the highway automotive. We’ll remind you the highway automotive is powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 and an electrical motor sandwiched between the engine and an 8-speed dual-clutch computerized transmission. The 296 GTB’s engine generates 654 hp by itself whereas the electrical motor provides 164 hp to deliver the entire to 818 hp.

The race automotive as a substitute goes with the V-6 solely, rated right here at round 600 hp. The engine sits farther ahead and decrease down than within the highway automotive, reducing the middle of gravity and in addition serving to to enhance the torsional rigidity of the aluminum chassis, which is round 10% greater than within the 488 GT3. The race automotive additionally skips the highway automotive’s DCT in favor of a 6-speed sequential unit.

2023 Ferrari 296 GT3 race car

2023 Ferrari 296 GT3 race automotive

The 296 GT3 has a barely longer wheelbase than the highway automotive, and the suspension design is considerably completely different in comparison with the 488 GT3. The double wishbone arms entrance and rear have been picked to assist grip at excessive speeds and restrict stress on the tires. The braking system was additionally revised and upgraded, with newly designed calipers (6-piston entrance and 4-piston rear) and rotors (15.75 inches entrance and 13 inches rear). The wheels are a cast set measuring 18 inches at every nook. The dry weight of the automotive is roughly 2,755 kilos.

The 296 GT3 has some huge footwear to fill. The 488 GT3 managed to attain 107 titles from its debut race to this point, with 429 wins from 770 begins. These figures make it Ferrari’s most profitable race automotive to this point. However nearly as good because the 296 GT3 is perhaps, it’s going to doubtless be overshadowed by Ferrari’s Le Mans Hypercar race automotive additionally set to compete from 2023, particularly within the Hypercar class of the FIA World Endurance Championship and presumably additionally the Grand Touring Prototype class of the SportsCar Championship.

A 296 GTB-based race automotive for Ferrari’s Problem one-make collection also needs to be within the pipeline, although timing is unsure.

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