Here’s Our First Look At The Ferrari 296 GT3 Before Its 2023 Racing Debut

Ferrari will drop the hybrid powertrain from the 296 GTB

Ferrari’s 488 GT3 in its standard and Evo versions made its racing debut back in 2016. Ever since, the cars have taken 770 starts, from which 429 races ended in victories. Also, the two cars won a total of 107 titles. These are, of course, extraordinary figures that made the 488 GT3 the most successful car in Prancing Horse history.

But, even the most successful race car needs to retire at some point, and Ferrari is already preparing a worthy successor for the 488 GT3.

Here's Our First Look At The Ferrari 296 GT3 Before Its 2023 Racing Debut
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The new racing car is based on the recently launched 296 GTB and will be called the 296 GT3. The race version has been redefined according to track and performance requirements, and it is already being assembled at the Oreca di Signes plants. In the next few months, it will start track testing, while the official racing debut should happen in 2023.

It should come as no surprise that Ferrari’s new GT racing car is based on the 296 GTB. To remind you, the production version itself was inspired by cars such as the 1963 250 LM, which achieved major successes, such as in the 1965 24 Hours of Le Mans. So, in fact, the 296 GT3 already has the racing spirit in its genes.

Here's Our First Look At The Ferrari 296 GT3 Before Its 2023 Racing Debut
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Except for the aerodynamic and the characteristic elements, the 296 GT3 will be pretty much identical to the road-going version. There will however be one major difference. The future 296 GT3 will mark the return to the track of a Ferrari equipped with a six-cylinder engine, but the GT3 version will have to drop the electric unit - in compliance with technical regulations.

To remind you, the 296 GTB is powered by a hybrid powertrain that combined two axial flux electric motors and a 2.9-liter twin-turbo V-6 for a total output of 819 horsepower and 546 pound-feet of torque. The V-6 engine alone delivers 654 horsepower - so, most likely, this is what we will see in the GT3 version.

We will learn more about the next 296 GT3 in the next few months, so stay tuned!

Alina Moore
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