Like its roadgoing counterpart, the Ferrari 296 GT3 boasts a brand new V6 rather than the Italian marque’s conventional V8.
Following on from the disclosing of Porsche’s new race automobile, Ferrari has taken the wraps off its personal new GT3 contender.
The most important distinction between the brand new mannequin and the outgoing 488-based automobile will be discovered inside the engine bay. Just like the roadgoing 296, this GT3 racer has been fitted with a downsized V6 block, somewhat than the normal V8 that Ferrari followers shall be accustomed to. As such, the brand new energy unit is each lighter and extra compact than the engine discovered within the previous automobile, with a decrease centre of gravity too.
The engineering group’s mind energy hasn’t simply been spent on the packaging of the brand new engine both. Plenty of thought has gone into the supplies used, with the turbochargers, for example, being forged from extra resilient alloys. On account of that, Ferrari reckon that increase effectivity has been upped by 24% in comparison with the previous V8.
In observe, what this implies is that you simply get a race automobile which kicks out round 600 horsepower at 7250rpm, and a whopping 712 Nm of torque decrease down the vary. And sure, that does eclipse the claims of the aforementioned Porsche. What’s extra, it achieves all of this with out the assistance of the hybrid know-how that you simply’ll discover within the street-spec 296, as that form of tech isn’t within the spirit of GT3 rules.
Naturally, endurance and reliability additionally wanted to be instilled into this automobile, and after 1000’s of miles of testing, Ferrari are fairly assured that they’ve achieved precisely that.
Nonetheless, in motorsport you’re by no means too distant from catastrophe, so the 296 GT3’s structure has been designed with ease of entry in thoughts. The alternator, for instance, is now related to the six-speed Xtrac gearbox, due to this fact making it less complicated for the mechanics to get their arms on. The closely redesigned physique panels (which supply 20% extra downforce than the outgoing automobile) may also be eliminated and changed ‘inside seconds’.
Underpinning all of it, you’ll discover a wholly new aluminium chassis that helps the automobile to succeed in a kerb weight of simply 1250kg. In the meantime, a revised double wishbone suspension set-up goals to stability improved dealing with with sustained tyre preservation.
The price of all this ingenuity? Round half one million quid.