The new customer race car that will replace the 488 GT3 Evo for 2023 features a fully detachable front and rear end in the name of increased serviceability, as Ferrari revealed the reveal ahead of the 24 Hours of Spa Tour of this weekend’s GT World Challenge Europe. .
The front and rear body sections can be removed as one piece, while the two ends of the vehicle are built on detachable subframes for easy maintenance.
“We looked at how they do things in Formula 1 and prototypes, and we copied that,” said Ferdinando Canizzo, Ferrari’s head of GT racing design.
“We have shared some ideas and concepts with the F1 team.”
He added that there was a lot of interaction with “all departments at Ferrari”, including the Scuderia F1 operation, during the development of the 296 GT3.
Canizzo explained that making the Ferrari GT3 racer easier to operate and work on was a guiding principle during the design and development of the new car.
“We thought about this from the concept stage, because we wanted to simplify assembly and make the track process a lot easier,” he said.
“When you remove the front or rear bodywork, there is only one electrical connector [at each end]And not a lot of cables everywhere.
“Easy to operate the vehicle and how quickly components can be changed is a key part of performance.
“The front and rear chassis can be changed very quickly, in seconds, although there is still some investigation to be done to see how fast it really is.”
The full specifications of the 296 GT3 were revealed at launch, which followed the release of the first images of the car running a blackmail at the Ferrari Fiorano test track back in April.
The new race car’s engine retains the geometry and capability of the road-going 296 GTB launched in 2021, meaning it’s a three-liter twin-turbo V6 with a 120-degree angle.
Canizo revealed that Ferrari’s Ativita Sportiv GT division has been involved in the 296th road car program since the beginning of its development.
“We started with them from the start by looking at the requirements for a race car,” he said.
This, he explained, played a big role in the decision to move to the engine’s wide-angle configuration, which allowed the turbines to be placed inside the vee for more efficient packing.
The engine has been tilted front to rear by two degrees in the name of aerodynamic efficiency.
“The two degrees don’t seem like much, but it is enough for the diffuser to be appropriately designed and sized to increase efficiency and improve ride height sensitivity in the rear,” Canizo said.
Ferrari 296 GT3
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The road car’s wheelbase has been increased by 60 mm over the road version as allowed by the 2022 GT2 rules, to help make it more user-friendly, especially for amateur drivers.
The Racer has a different gearbox housing for the road car because it eliminates the hybrid system, which is not allowed in the GT3.
The new car is the first Ferrari GT3 to be exclusively designed with the Attivita Sportiv GT. The previous three generations of Ferrari built according to GT3 rules were developed in conjunction with the external tuner Michelotto.
France’s Oreca has acquired Michelotto’s Ferrari’s GT3 assembly for the new project.
The first 296 GT3 has completed an 8,000-km area of testing and customer deliveries and will begin at the end of this year ahead of next January’s Daytona 24 Hours, the opening round of the 2023 IMSA SportsCar Championship.
No price has been released for the new car, but Ferrari has promised that there won’t be a significant increase in the 488 GT3 Evo.
Ferrari’s policy is not to publish the prices of its race cars, but the 488 is believed to be close to $500,000 less in taxes.
Ferrari 296 GT3 cockpit
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