Ferrari launches 296 GT3, instead of 488 in Endurance

Ferrari launches 296 GT3, instead of 488 in Endurance




Thursday, April 7, 2022 by Julie Bouchard

After presenting the future road model of the 296 GTB last summer (image below this text) and then giving some details recently on what the racing version of this car will be, Ferrari today presented a drawing of this 296 GT3 (above ), called replacing the 488 GT3 in the majority of GT and Endurance championships.

Remember that the 488 GT3, in its standard and Evo 2020 configuration, has won 107 titles, from its first race to date, with 429 victories in 770 starts. These incredible numbers make it the most successful car in Prancing Horse history.

For the designers and engineers of the Ferrari Competizioni GT, building on this heritage represents not only a challenge, but also an inexhaustible reservoir of experience and technical solutions that can be drawn upon to develop a new car.

The design of the 296 GT3, if we ignore the aerodynamics and characteristics of the racing version, has retained a link with the production model, which Ferrari wants to see guided by cars such as the 250 LM of 1963, winner of the 24. Hours of Le Mans in 1965 (last victory of Ferrari on this occasion).

The 296 GT3 is currently being assembled at Oreca’s factories in Signes in France. This model will mark the return to the Ferrari track with a 6-cylinder engine, although – according to technical regulations – it will not have an electric unit.

Several teams, including at least two from the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar series, have already ordered the new Ferrari 296 GT3, which is scheduled to debut next January as part of the 24 Hours of Daytona. Finally, note that if this car is not built directly in the Ferrari workshops but in Oreca in France, it is because the Italian brand sees its racing division monopolized this year by the LMH program, a future model of the brand. brought to compete with Porsche, Toyota, Alpine, BMW, Cadillac, Acura, Peugeot, and perhaps others, from 2023 in the new category Hypercar (LMH) or LMDh (called GTP in IMSA), in the World Championship of ‘Endurance and North America .