The New Car for the IMSA-Sanctioned Ferrari Challenge North America Is Based on the Ferrari 296 GTB
The 296 Challenge, which will debut in the Ferrari Challenge series in both Europe and North America starting in 2024, is characterized by numerous innovations compared to the previous model, the Ferrari 488 Challenge Evo, and represents a project that is in some respects revolutionary.
The car embodies an innovative philosophy, thanks to changes made to the derived model with the aim of enhancing its specific characteristics and optimizing every aspect for use on the track. Both in terms of performance and maintenance, the 296 Challenge rewrites the parameters of the Prancing Horse single-make series, offering drivers a racing car that closely resembles the Ferrari 296 GT3, which made its debut this season in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and other series around the globe.
Derived from the Ferrari 296 GTB, the 296 Challenge introduces important engine, aerodynamic and dynamic changes aimed at guaranteeing maximum performance on the track. For the first time in the history of the championship, a six-cylinder engine will be used. The new car features a 120-degree, twin-turbo V-6 engine with a displacement of 2,992 liters without the hybrid component, a choice already implemented with the 296 GT3. The engine is capable of delivering 700 horsepower with a maximum torque of 740 newton-meters (Nm).
The aerodynamics of the 296 Challenge achieve vertical load values unprecedented in the history of the single-make series, ensuring maximum efficiency in all conditions. The 296 Challenge, in fact, is capable of generating over 870 kilograms of vertical load at a speed of 250 km/h (167.7 mph) with the rear wing in the maximum incidence position.
The car debuts the Evo Track ABS control system, a specific application of the innovative system launched on the 296 GTB, and adopts CCM-R PLUS technology for the brake discs: the combination of the two technologies allows the level to raise braking performance and drivability. The new 19-inch Pirelli tires developed specifically for this model also contribute substantially to rewriting the performance standards in these areas.
The 2023 Ferrari Challenge season wraps up next week with theFinali Mondiali at Mugello International Circuit in Italy.
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