Ferrari 296 GT3 makes public debut at Imola Circuit – EAST AUTO NEWS

Ferrari 296 GT3 makes public debut at Imola Circuit

Scorching on the heels of the reveal of its all-new 499P Le Mans Hypercar, Ferrari has provided a primary take a look at its new 296 GT3 within the steel on the 2022 Finali Mondiali held at Imola Circuit. A GT racer that can go head-to-head with the likes of Porsche’s 911 GT3 R and the Audi R8 V10 LMS, it has been developed from the ground-up to supply essentially the most for its drivers.

As with the highway automotive, this can be a completely new interpretation of the mid-engined Ferrari race automotive, with a brand new chassis, engine, transmission and aero bundle. The brand new 296 GT3 options Ferrari’s F163 120-degree turbocharged 2992cc V6 engine, however in accordance with the GT3’s present rules, does with none hybrid help. Nonetheless, the brand new engine outperforms the present GT3 energy and torque rules, capped at a baseline 592bhp at 7250rpm, topic to the FIA’s Stability of Efficiency rules. Torque can also be robust at 523lb ft at 5500rpm, packing an inherent torque benefit over naturally aspirated rivals from Porsche and Audi.

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The transmission can also be new, sourced from XTrac. It’s a six-speed single-clutch ‘field that’s now mounted transversely to maintain packaging as tight as attainable across the rear axle, whereas the clutch is electronically actuated through the steering wheel, relatively than a bodily pedal within the pedal field as earlier than. The alternator is now instantly hooked up to the transmission, serving to with entry for technicians. General, the smaller and lighter powertrain, and its positioning each nearer to the centre and decrease down has made enhancements to the general centre of gravity, and has additionally helped with torsional rigidity, which is 10 % higher than that of the earlier 488 GT3. 

The chassis is constructed from aluminium with an built-in roll cage, and incorporates a 60mm extension to the wheelbase compared to the highway automotive. This, along with an aggressive new aero bundle offers the 296 GT3 a 20 % improve in downforce. There are double wishbones all-round, however the suspension is a completely new design, with bespoke geometry and, curiously, a barely wider entrance observe than rear at 1726mm/1710mm. 

The 296 GT3’s dry weight is rated at 1250kg, however the last determine (like the facility output) shall be decided by the BoP necessities. Ferrari has upsized the brakes marginally, with 400mm entrance discs gripped by six piston calipers up entrance, with a 332mm and four-piston combo out again.

In addition to competing within the ordinary GT3-regulation collection from world wide, in accordance with new FIA WEC class adjustments in 2024, the 296 GT3 can even be a part of the brand new Porsche 911 GT3 R and others within the new GT class at Le Mans from 2024. Because of this alongside Porsche’s 963/911 GT3 R pairing within the two courses, so too will Ferrari be competing with its new 499P Le Mans Hypercar and the 296 GT3. 

Instances are sophisticated proper now, however in the event you discover solace watching automobiles go spherical and spherical a race observe, issues have by no means been so good. Le Mans 2024 – it’s going to be a wild journey.

Ferrari 296 GT3 makes public debut at Imola Circuit – EAST AUTO NEWS


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