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Ferrari returning to high stage sports activities automobile racing with 499P | Autocar India

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Ferrari has unveiled the 499P Le Mans Hypercar prototype, it’s challenger for the 2023 World Endurance Championship.

Ferrari is all set to return to the top of endurance racing after 50 years. The Italian producer has unveiled the 499P Le Mans Hypercar with which it would bid for general victory on the Le Mans 24 Hours subsequent yr.

Two 499Ps shall be entered by the manufacturing unit Ferrari AF Corse group within the 2023 World Endurance Championship, which incorporates Le Mans. The mannequin will make its racing debut on the 1000 Miles of Sebring in Florida on March 17.

  • Livery a nod to the 1973 Ferrari 312P racer
  • Constructed as per Le Mans Hypercar laws
  • Racing debut at 1000 Miles of Sebring in March 2023

Ferrari 499P design

The prototype includes a clear nod to Ferrari’s endurance racing previous in addition to a styling connection to its present street automobiles.

The title follows Ferrari custom from previous Le Mans contenders, 499 referring to the displacement of its V6 twin-turbocharged engine, with P standing for Prototype – an echo of its final manufacturing unit endurance racer, the 312P of 1973. The yellow stripe included within the livery can also be a nod to the enduring sports activities racer.

Ferrari has constructed the automobile to Le Mans Hypercar (LMH) laws, slightly than the parallel LMDh rulebook chosen by the likes of Porsche, to make sure the 499P is a real in-house Ferrari. 

The extra economically pleasant and easy LMDh method depends on a spec hybrid system equipped by Williams Superior Engineering and Bosch. However Ferrari’s bespoke 900V, 200kW Power Restoration System (ERS), linked to the entrance axle, has been developed from learnings throughout the firm’s F1 group. Steadiness of Efficiency shall be used to restrict general energy to 680hp although, throughout each courses.

“We selected LMH as a result of it is crucial for Ferrari to make the automobile and all of the components,” stated endurance racing chief Antonello Coletta.

“Ferrari is a constructor, the producer of the automobile, and for us it’s not our philosophy to purchase a component. We determined to return again into prototypes when the foundations gave us the possibility to make all of the automobile. This automobile is a manifesto of the applied sciences of Ferrari.”

Ferrari 499P: Connection to the 296 GTB

The six-cylinder engine, a load-bearing ingredient within the 499P, is predicated on the structure of the unit within the 296 GT3 – the racing evolution of the 296 GTB.

“After all, every half is developed and is totally totally different to the engine of the road automobile,” stated Coletta. “However that is the bottom of our philosophy: all of the expertise of our six cylinder street automobiles has been the bottom of this engine. 

“That is necessary for us. We’ve come again into prototypes, into the utmost class, however we now have not forgotten that it’s a laboratory for the road automobiles. This hyperlink is essential for us.”

A brake-by-wire braking system has been developed to permit the restoration of kinetic vitality from the entrance axle to the ERS. Energy shall be fed by way of a seven-speed sequential gearbox.

Ferrari hasn’t introduced its driver line-up, though Coletta reiterated the group shall be shaped by these already a part of its GT racing household.

New producers to race at Le Mans

Ferrari’s return to the premier division of sports activities automobile racing coincides with a growth in producer curiosity in Le Mans and within the endurance scene. In 2023, the Prancing Horse will face the well-established Toyota Gazoo Racing squad and the novel Peugeot 9X8, plus new LMDh challengers from Porsche and Cadillac.

The American-owned Glickenhaus group may also return with its 007 LMH contender, though its continued participation within the WEC has but to be confirmed. In the meantime, extra LMDh contenders from the likes of Alpine, BMW and Lamborghini are on their strategy to Le Mans for 2024.

Coletta performed down expectations of a 10th Le Mans win for Ferrari first day out in 2023, whereas admitting the group needed to be focusing on final success for what would be the 100th anniversary version of the French basic.

“We’re formidable in fact, however we’re additionally humble to know our opponents are extra skilled than us with these automobiles,” he stated. “We’ve much less time than our opponents as a result of we began testing in July 2022. The time for testing is just not quite a bit, however we go forward very quick and we hope to be prepared for Sebring which is a particular circuit and isn’t straightforward.”

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