Ferrari I took off the veil officially on The new 296 GT3, successor to the 488 GT3, which will start racing from next year in the GT series and from 2024 also in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. We saw this racing car Make some first laps on the track at Fiorano In mid-April 2022. Now, Maranello has revealed all her secrets.
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Starting point It is that of the Ferrari 296 GTB Redefined to track and performance demands thanks to the teamwork between Centro Stile, aerodynamics and designers. It was the goal of the technicians.Create an aerodynamic configuration capable of operating within smoothing parameters, reducing sensitivity to trim changes, in favor of speed performance, vehicle handling and predictabilityThis work resulted in a 20% increase in vertical load compared to the 488 GT3.
From the front splitter to the rear extractor hood featuring an advanced 3D diffuser design, everything has been studied in detail to reach Maximizing aerodynamic efficiency. The aluminum frame was developed using the experience gained with the 488 GT3. Maranello technicians got a particularly light frame that also allows Better and more efficient ballast management And to make the most of the tires’ grip capabilities without compromising their safety in just a few steps. Compared to the road version, the 296 GT3 has a longer wheelbase, within regulation limits.
The suspension, as well as the anti-roll bars, offer the widest range of adjustments to allow drivers the ability to rely on the best possible vehicle setup. The braking system has also been revised and improved, with newly developed calipers and discs (now 400mm up front). However, the completely new wheels are the 296 GT3 wheels, developed and approved exclusively by Rotiform for this model.
Technicians, in the design of the car, paid a lot of attention to How quickly damaged parts can be replaced. In fact, both the front and rear parts can be replaced in a few seconds thanks to a series of tricks and solutions that ensure a very quick return to the track in the event of damage to aerodynamics or performance.
The cockpit has been developed to be intuitive and accessible, as well as being able to offer a good view. These are important aspects of endurance racing. Compared to the 488 GT3, the cockpit has been completely redesigned based on information collected by factory drivers and customers.
To allow the pilot to always have the main functions at hand, many controls have been moved to New Formula 1 inspired steering wheel. Pedals and steering are easily adjustable. The air conditioning system is designed to ensure adequate ventilation in all conditions, to favor the rider’s focus at every stage of the race.
The racing car is expected to debut Daytona 24 Hours of 2023.
The heart of the Ferrari 296 GT3 is the 296 GTB’s 6-cylinder engine But it is not combined with electrical unitfor organizational reasons. The “V” is 120 degrees and the turbine has been positioned inside the “V”. The engine was positioned forward and lower than the road version, to take full advantage of the lowering of the center of gravity and torsional stiffness which, compared to the 488 GT3, yielded gains of about 10%. All of the engine’s internal fluid dynamics and specific components approved for the engine’s track version have been studied by Ferrari engineers and partners.
In light of “endurance” racing, Ferrari has worked to improve consumption without sacrificing performance. The result is approx 600 horsepower and 710 Nm torque (Values may vary according to BoP – Balance of Performance). The engine is combined with a six-speed sequential transverse gearbox with paddles on the steering wheel.
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