This is the 2020 Ferrari 488 GT3 EVO. It’s an updated version of the Italian marque’s existing 488 racer, which will compete in a variety of GT3 racing series, including the Blancpain GT Series and the International GT Open Championship. Revisions over the current car include upgraded aerodynamics, a lighter chassis, an improved cabin and better reliability.
The main aerodynamic changes come at the front for the 488 GT3 EVO, where the updated bumper gets a smaller grille, a revised front splitter and dive planes to improve the airflow along the sides of the car. Ferrari says the new component improves the car’s downforce and stability – and that over 18,000 hours of calculations, computer simulations and wind tunnel testing went into its development.
Ferrari has also fitted larger vents to racer’s front wings, along with a new rear spoiler and a pair of redesigned doors with a tapered leading edge, which channel air more efficiently along the car’s flanks. Buyers also get a lighter racing seat, developed by Sabelt, with fresh harnesses and a new buckle.
The wheelbase of the 488 GT3 EVO is longer than the road-going 488 GTB’s, which Ferrari says reduces tyre wear and optimises tyre use. It’s also lighter than its predecessor: this means that more ballast is required to meet the minimum required FIA GT3 race-weight, lowering the centre of gravity while allowing teams and engineers to play with the car’s weight distribution to a greater extent.
The GT3 EVO is powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.9-litre V8 engine which is mechanically identical to the unit found in the road-legal 488 GTB. However, to comply with FIA regulations, which restrict the power output for cars in the GT3 class to between 500bhp and 600bhp, Ferrari has fitted a new ECU to limit the road car’s 660bhp figure.
An optional 24-hour endurance package is also available, adding additional driving lamps for the front bumper, quick-fill couplings for the engine oil and coolant, a carbon fibre clutch, uprated brake calipers and steel wheel nuts. Buyers can also spec a coolant level sensor and Le-Mans style, LED headlamps.
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