The new Ferrari 296 GT3 is a competition car designed to compete in Grand Touring events. The successor and successor to the Ferrari 488 GT3, the Ferrari 296 GT3 has a 120° V6 developing approximately 600 hp at 7,250 rpm and 710 Nm of torque at 5,500 rpm. If the new Maranello GT is based on the Ferrari 296 GTB, it has a different wheelbase, is 6 cm longer and does not have the hybrid system of the production car. On the other hand, like the 296 GTB, the turbocharger is placed inside the V to gain advantages in terms of compactness, center of gravity and reduced mass.
The car has also benefited from the expertise of many partners including Oreca, a French company based in Signes in the Var. Ferrari and Oreca engineers worked together to improve the performance, reliability and handling of this car for Sprint and Endurance races. They also tried to limit consumption as much as possible without sacrificing performance and modified the chassis as well as all mechanical components to optimize them to facilitate pitfalls. Therefore, it is easier to change parts or modify the configuration of the car compared to the 488 GT3 thanks to better access.
The gearbox is new and specially designed for this Ferrari 296 GT3, the improvement of its equipment and the use of high-quality materials have reduced weight for the benefit of performance. The single plate clutch is now electrically controlled and can be operated from the steering wheel, the gear change is electrically operated. The chassis is in aluminium, the braking system has also been upgraded with Rotiform developing a new forged wheel set specifically for the 296 GT3. The car’s aerodynamics have also been extensively reworked to achieve 20% lower drag compared to the 488 GT3.
The Ferrari 296 GT3 has already started its first laps at the Ferrari track in Fioriano in the hands of drivers Alessandro Pier Guidi and Andrea Bertolini and has covered tens of thousands of kilometers to be ready for its first race, the 24 Hours of Daytona which will take place from January 28 to 29, 2023.