The racecar ditched the hybrid system of the 296 GTB

Ferrari has unveiled the inaugural images and details of the upcoming 296 Challenge racecar, poised to make its public premiere on October 23. This new addition to the Ferrari Challenge series, designated as the ninth model, draws its foundation from the 296 GTB while incorporating substantial visual alterations and eliminating the hybrid component from its enhanced twin-turbo V6 engine.

The 296 Challenge exudes a noticeably more aggressive demeanor compared to the standard 296 GTB, yet it maintains an elegant allure, avoiding the extreme aesthetics of the 296 GT3, despite being adorned in a striking red and white color scheme.

At the front end, a prominent splitter adorns the freshly designed bumper, accompanied by enlarged air intakes. The hood boasts ventilation, and the fenders exhibit a wider profile. The car’s side view is marked by newly integrated, more profound side skirts, Lexan windows, and 19-inch center-lock wheels fitted with Pirelli tires meticulously engineered for this racing series. Turning to the rear, the redesigned tail showcases a substantial wing, aerodynamic extensions flanking the sides, an F1-inspired brake light, and a black mesh enclosure housing the dual round tailpipes.

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These extensive modifications enable the 296 Challenge to generate in excess of 870 kilograms (1,918 pounds) of downforce at speeds of 250 kilometers per hour (155 miles per hour), ensuring exceptional on-track stability. Ferrari proudly labels these downforce figures as “unprecedented” in the history of the single-make racing series.

Powertrain Refinement:

Ferrari’s engineering team revamped the powertrain originally found in the 296 GTB by discarding the electric motors and hybrid battery, opting to concentrate solely on the twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 engine.

Although the racecar can’t match the combined power output of the road-going model, which stands at 830 horsepower (619 kW / 842 PS), it still delivers an impressive 690 horsepower (515 kW / 700 PS) from the internal combustion engine alone, marking a substantial 36-horsepower (27 kW / 37 PS) increase compared to the stock configuration.

This means that the 296 Challenge boasts more power than the non-electrified 296 GT3 racecar, thanks to the absence of regulations within Ferrari’s single-make racing series. To complete its performance package, the model features a new set of CCM-R Plus brake discs and the track-tailored ABS EVO Track system.

Grand Debut

The official unveiling of the Ferrari 296 Challenge is scheduled to take place on the eve of the Finali Mondiali, an event set to unfold at the Mugello Circuit from October 24 to 30. Following its introduction, the Ferrari 296 Challenge is slated to participate in the 2024 season of both the European and North American series, taking the place of the 488 Challenge Evo.

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