Ferrari has given us the initial look of a race car based on the 296 GTB, which is currently under construction and is going to be an amazing one.
The race car is being built in time for the 2023 motorsport season and will initially come in GT3 camouflage. This will serve as a direct replacement for the 488 GT3, which was last updated for the 2020 season, meaning we probably won’t see a race car based on the F8 Tributo.
A 296 GTB-based race for Ferrari’s Challenge One-Make series should be in anyone’s pipeline, though the timing is uncertain.
New teaser photos for the 296 GT3, released by Ferrari on Thursday, indicate a sharp design that could include even a long-tail component, although it’s hard to say if the car has any close-ups. The inspiration for the design came from the 250 LM, the car that Ferrari won the final overall victory in 1965 in 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Ferrari 296 GTB
Due to technical regulations, the electrified components of the 296 GT3 296 GTB will be avoided. We remind you that the road car is powered by a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-6 and an electric motor that sandwiches between the engine and an 8-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The race car is also likely to avoid DCT in favor of a hierarchical transmission.
The engine of the 296 GTB automatically generates 654 hp, while the electric motor adds 164 hp to a total of 818 hp.
The 296 GT3 is currently being tested on racetracks in Europe. The development is being managed in partnership with the French race team and constructor Oreca.
There are some great shoes to fill it. The 488 GT3 has managed to score 107 titles since its first race to date, winning 470 from 770 starts. These figures make it Ferrari’s most successful race car to date. But as good as the 296 GT3 could be, it will probably be overtaken by Ferrari’s Le Mans Hypercar race car, which will start competing in 2023, especially in the Hypercar class at the FIA World Endurance Championships and possibly the Grand Turing prototype class. IMSA SportsCar Championship.