ORECA won the tender to assemble the new competitor under development on a not yet unveiled car from the Ferrari range, as well as to provide after-sales service.
The Paul Ricard organization headed by Hugues de Chaunac succeeds Michelotto, who has built Ferrari’s GT3 challengers since the 458 Italia GT3 launched in 2011.
Antonello Coletta, boss of sports car racing at Ferrari, said: “The agreement with ORECA is an important starting point for the new GT3 project.
“We have very ambitious goals as this car will follow in the footsteps of the 488, which was the most successful model in the history of the Prancing Horse.
“In addition to the skills and knowledge of our engineers, we can count on a first-rate partner like ORECA, which has achieved major successes in the world of endurance. We therefore look to the future with confidence. “
The new car, which is being developed in-house at Ferrari under the direction of a team led by GT race car design manager Ferdinando Cannizzio, is expected to be based on the 296 GTB unveiled earlier this year.
An announcement is expected early next year on the model type before the first tests of the race car.
ORECA currently dominates the LMP2 market with its 07 chassis
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A Ferrari spokesperson stressed that the deal with ORECA did not mean the end of its long-standing relationship with Padua-based Michelotto Automobili.
“This is not the end of our technical collaboration with Michelotto,” he said.
“We will continue to work with them on the 488 [the existing Ferrari GT3], which is not going to disappear from the race tracks, and there will be plans that we will announce in the future. “
Michelotto has worked with a range of competition cars with Ferrari since the 1980s.
It has played a key role in all Ferrari GT2 / GTE since the 348LM of 1994, then the 458 and 488 GT3 cars approved by the factory.
ORECA, which was founded by de Chaunac in 1973, has a long experience in GT racing.
She was a key partner in Chrysler’s Dodge Viper GTS-R GT2 program from 1996 and continued her relationship with the American automaker on the Viper Competition Coup when it was accepted into the GT3 class in 2006.
Its involvement in the ranks of prototypes is more recent; he bought Courage Competition in 2007 and went on to build a line of successful LMP2 competitors, including the current Gibson-powered 07.