The new customer racing car, which will replace the 488 GT3 Evo for 2023, will be unveiled in the name of increased front and rear end performance, Ferrari revealed ahead of this weekend’s 24 Hours of GT World Challenge European race. .
The front and rear bodywork can be removed in one piece, and both ends of the car are built on detachable subframes for ease of maintenance.
“We looked at how they do things in Formula 1 and in prototypes and we copied that,” said Ferdinando Cannizzo, Ferrari’s head of GT racing car design.
We exchanged some ideas and concepts with the F1 team.
He added that during the development of the 296 GT3, there was a lot of interaction with “every department within Ferrari”, including the Scuderia’s F1 operation.
Cannizzo explained that making the Ferrari GT3 racer easy to run and perform was one of the guidelines during the design and development of the new car.
“We thought about this from the conceptual level, because we wanted to simplify the assembly and make the track work very easy,” he said.
“When you remove the front or rear bodywork, there’s only one electrical connector. [at each end]There are not many wires everywhere.
“The ease of driving the car and how quickly you can change components is a key part of performance.
“Front and rear bodywork can change really quickly in seconds, although there’s still some testing to be done to find out how fast it really is.”
Full specifications of the 296 GT3 were revealed at the launch, following the release of the first photos of the car undergoing a shakedown at Ferrari’s Fiorano test track in April.
The new race car’s engine will retain the architecture and capacity of the road-going 296 GTB launched in 2021, meaning a three-liter V6 twin-turbo with a 120-degree vee angle.
Cannizzo revealed that Ferrari’s Attivita Sportive GT department has been involved in the 296 road car program since its development.
“When we looked at the race car requirements, we just started with them,” he said.
This played a large role in the decision to go with the wide-angle configuration for the engine, which allowed the turbos to be positioned in the vee for more efficient packaging, he said.
In the name of aerodynamic efficiency, the engine is tilted forward and backward by two degrees.
“Two degrees doesn’t sound like much, but it’s enough to get the diffuser right and sized to increase efficiency and have better rear elevation sensitivity,” says Cannizzo.
Ferrari 296 GT3
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As permitted by the 2022 GT2 regulations, the road car’s wheelbase has been increased by 60mm over the road version, to make it more user-friendly, especially for amateur drivers.
Racing has a different gearbox for the road car because it does away with the hybrid system not allowed in GT3.
The new car is the first Ferrari GT3 designed exclusively with the Attivita Sportive GT. The three previous generations of Ferrari built to GT3 rules were built with out-of-home tuner Michelotto.
French constructor Oreca has taken over the assembly of the Ferrari GT3 from Michelotto for the new project.
The first 296 GT3 has completed the 8000km range and will be delivered to customers later this year, before racing at the Daytona 24 Hours in January 2023, the opening round of the 2023 IMSA Sports Car Championship.
No price has been released for the new car, but Ferrari has promised that there will be no significant increase in the 488 GT3 Evo.
Ferrari’s policy is not to publish the price of its racing cars, but the 488 is believed to be close to $500,000 less tax.
Ferrari 296 GT3 cockpit
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