Ferrari is taking the 296 GTB, its first V6-powered mannequin in a long time, to the monitor. Constructed to choose up the place the 488 GT3 left off, the 296 GT3 that may compete in GT occasions around the globe positive factors an extended record of aerodynamic updates whereas dropping the manufacturing automobile’s hybrid system.
Sketches revealed by the Prancing Horse reveal that the GT3 stands out from the manufacturing mannequin it is associated to in a number of methods. It positive factors a full physique package that features a entrance splitter that is barely above the bottom, canards on both aspect of the entrance bumper, reshaped aspect skirts, and an enormous rear wing. Vents lower into the entrance fenders scale back turbulence within the wheel wells, and there is additionally a sizeable air diffuser out again.
Heart-locking wheels wrapped by Pirelli tires are a part of the package deal as effectively. Whereas full technical specs have not been launched but, Ferrari notes that the 296 GT3 won’t use the hybrid system that is fitted to the 296 GTB with a purpose to adjust to race laws. Which means the coupe will hit the monitor with a mid-mounted V6, a configuration that followers aren’t used to seeing — and listening to — from Ferrari. The engine develops 654 horsepower within the street automobile, so engineers will possible have to detune it earlier than letting the 296 GT3 free in competitors. For context, the 488 GT3 is powered by a 4.0-liter V8 that makes 600 horsepower in its strongest configuration.
French racing specialist Oreca has already began constructing the primary examples of the 296 GT3 in Signes, a small city positioned close to the Paul Ricard race monitor within the south of France. Testing will start within the coming months, and the automobile is scheduled to make its racing debut in 2023.