Ferrari has released its new 296 GT3 Racer, a fierce looking machine that will take the Italian manufacturer into its 2023 GT racing campaign and beyond.
The successor to the hugely victorious 488 GT3, and based on last year’s road model, the 296 GTB mid-engined rear sports car.
The official racing baptism of the new GT3 will take place at Daytona in 2023, along with the new Porsche and McLaren GTs recently released.
The new 296 GT3 marks the return to the Ferrari six-cylinder circuit, and in accordance with the technical regulations, it is without the electric unit included in the GTB road model.
The engine has a 120 degree V configuration with evenly spaced ignitions introduced for the GT3 V6 internal combustion engine of the 296. This is based on the road going twins, as is the positioning of the turbos in the V.
This means more compactness, a lower center of gravity and less mass, allowing it to achieve a very high level of power.
The architecture of the engine is a pure winner, in terms of firing order, integration of the intake manifolds and engine mounts on the intake sides of the cylinder heads. The engine is lighter and more compact by eliminating the external plenums and supports. The internal fluid dynamics benefits from the reduction in volume, increasing intake efficiency.
The powertrain has been modified to reduce fuel consumption as much as possible without sacrificing performance: one such measure is the alternator, which is attached to the gearbox for improved compactness.
The engine is mated to a new transmission developed especially for this race car, and the gearbox has a six-speed single disc clutch with electronic clutch control.
Handlebar-mounted paddle shifters offer an entirely new method of shifting, compared to the 296 GTB predecessor.
This new design of the V6 engine delivers a maximum of 600 hp with a maximum torque of 712 Nm.
A significant amount of development work has also been invested in the aerodynamics of the 296 GT3. In accordance with FIA regulations, the body kit gives the racer 20% more downforce compared to Ferrari’s previous generation GT3.
The lightweight frame also helps the car exploit its grip potential without sacrificing tire life, meaning that this new chassis, which influences the 488 GT3, continues in its new design and gives the 296 GT3 a repeatability that fits on certain circuits. good, and keep pushing Ferrari into the winning circle.
As for the driver’s compartment, the cockpit offers incredible visibility and improved feel for a more natural intuitive ride, and the interior was designed with input from factory pilots and customers from the competitive motorsport arena.
The concept for this project was first conceived in 2020 at Ferrari’s R&D center, and it is now in its final testing phase and has already covered tens of thousands of kilometers in rigorous evaluations.
The 2023 Daytona could be the start/continuation of something special for Ferrari’s new racer. It has some big shoes to fill to replace the 488 GT3’s reliable winning efficiency, but with the Prancing Horse’s big eye for innovation and the pursuit of perfection, the 296 GT3 should have no problem with that.