Ferrari launches the 296 GT3 inspired by F1 technology

The new customer racing car that will replace the 488 GT3 Evo for 2023 has a fully detachable front and rear in the name of greater serviceability, Ferrari revealed at the car’s unveiling ahead of the 24 Hours of Spa. of this weekend of the GT World Challenge Europe.

The front and rear body sections can be removed in one piece, while both ends of the car are built on detachable subframes for further ease of maintenance.

Ferdinando Cannizzo, head of design for Ferrari’s GT racing cars, said: “We have observed how things are doing in Formula 1 and the prototypes and copied it.

“We exchanged some ideas and concepts with the F1 team”.

He added that there was a lot of interaction with “all departments of Ferrari”, including the Scuderia F1 operation, during the development of the 296 GT3.

Cannizzo explained that making the Ferrari GT3 easier to drive and work was one of the guiding principles when designing and developing the new car.

“We thought about it right from the concept stage, because we wanted to simplify assembly and make the track operation much easier,” he said.

“When you remove the front or rear body there is only one electrical connector [at each end]not many cables anywhere.

“The ease of driving the car and the speed with which components can be changed is a fundamental part of the performance.

“The front and rear bodywork can be changed very quickly, in seconds, although there is still some investigation to be done to really see how fast.”

The full specs of the 296 GT3 were revealed at launch, which followed the release of the first photographs of the car during a shakedown at Ferrari’s Fiorano test track in April.

The engine of the new racing car retains the architecture and capacity of the road 296 GTB launched in 2021, which means it is a three-liter twin-turbo V6 with a 120-degree vee angle.

Cannizzo revealed that Ferrari’s GT Sports Activities department had been involved in the 296 road car program from the very beginning of its development.

“We started with them right from the start by looking at the requirements for the race car,” he said.

He explained that this played a big part in the decision to opt for the wide-angle engine configuration, which allowed the turbos to be housed inside the V for more effective packaging.

The engine was tilted back and forth two degrees in the name of aerodynamic efficiency.

“Two degrees doesn’t sound much, but having the diffuser properly shaped and sized is enough to increase efficiency and to have better ride height sensitivity at the rear,” said Cannizzo.

Ferrari 296 GT3

Ferrari 296 GT3

Photo by: Ferrari

The wheelbase of the road car has been increased by 60 mm compared to the road version, as allowed by the GT2 2022 rules, to make it easier to use, especially for amateur drivers.

The driver has a different gearbox from the road car because it eliminates the hybrid system, which is not allowed in GT3.

The new car is the first Ferrari GT3 exclusively designed with Attivita Sportive GT; the three previous generations of Ferraris built according to the GT3 rules were developed in collaboration with the external tuner Michelotto.

The French manufacturer Oreca has taken over from Michelotto the assembly of the Ferrari GT3 for the new project.

The first 296 GT3 completed in the 8,000km region of testing and customer deliveries will begin later this year before its racing debut at the 24 Hours of Daytona next January, the opening round of the IMSA SportsCar Championship 2023. .

No pricing has been released for the new car, but Ferrari has promised there won’t be a significant increase on 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 tax.

Ferrari 296 GT3 cockpit

Ferrari 296 GT3 cockpit

Photo by: Ferrari

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