Ferrari unveils 296 GT3 car - Sportscar365

Ferrari unveils 296 GT3 car – Sportscar365

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Ferrari officially unveiled its new contender for 2023, the 296 GT3, during a presentation on Friday at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit ahead of this weekend’s TotalEnergies 24 Hours of Spa.

The mid-engined successor to the 2020 488 GT3 Evo, which debuted in April, features a 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 engine that can produce 600 horsepower at a maximum of 7250 rpm.

It is the first modern Ferrari GT car designed entirely in-house at Maranello after recent models which were completed in collaboration with former partner Michelotto.

As previously announced, ORECA has been responsible for the assembly and parts support of the 296 GT3 for customers worldwide.

“The 296 GT3 is born from the heritage of the 488 GT3,” said Antonello Coletta, director of Ferrari’s sports car racing activities. “We think we got a great result.

“It’s a Ferrari project, developed in Maranello. They put all the company’s know-how and experience into this car. The team did a phenomenal job.

“The car is dedicated to professional drivers, teams and gentlemen drivers alike. The most important goals are to win and support customers as best we can. »

The 296 GT3 features a number of innovations, including a fully modular design which Ferdinando Cannizzo, head of GT car functional track development at Ferrari, says is almost a prototype.

“We thought about all of this at the very beginning of the design phase,” Cannizzo said. “We wanted to simplify assembly and make on-track operations much easier.

“What we looked at early on is how prototypes and Formula 1 do that. We just copied that.

“Of course, the layout of the car, [with] the separation and assembly of the bodywork [have been enhanced]. There are no more cables around the front or rear of the car.

While a new double-wishbone front and rear suspension, the 296 GT3’s wheelbase has been stretched by 60mm, the maximum allowed in the latest set of GT3 regulations which debuted this year.

The car’s roll bar was integrated into the chassis to improve cabin space and visibility, while Ferrari opted for the now popular gooseneck rear wing design, along with an all new splitter for maximum airflow.

In total, the 296 GT3 produces 20% more downforce than its predecessor.

Neither Cannizzo nor Coletta revealed the car’s price, although Coletta said it was “just a bit more” than the 488 GT3’s $615,000 starting price.

“We prefer to explain the price directly to customers in the next few days because we have to create the basis for the price and you have to put in a lot, a lot [options] in the car, depending on which championship you choose,” he explained.

“For this matter, we are working to achieve the final price for the majority of championships.”

The cars can be ordered via a new configurator in Maranello as well as in Ferrari dealerships from 2023. An online spare parts ordering system will also be set up by ORECA.

Coletta said customers will begin receiving their cars in the “last part” of this year, with his racing debut at the 2023 Rolex 24 at Daytona, where he expects to see between five and six cars in action.

Photo: Ferrari

Photo: Ferrari

Photo: Ferrari

Photo: Ferrari

Photo: Ferrari

Photo: Ferrari

Jean Dagys is the founder and editor of Sportscar365. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for and SPEED Channel and contributed to many other motorsports publications around the world. Contact John

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