Ferrari returns to endurance racing with 499P, on its way to Le Mans next year

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Ferrari returns to the top level of endurance racing for the first time in 50 years with this new Ferrari 499P, which will compete next year in the FIA ​​World Endurance Championship in the Le Mans Hypercar class.

The car will make its competition debut at the 1000 Miles of Sebring in March 2023 and has a sleek yet purposeful design that has previously been featured in its red and yellow racing livery.

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Ferrari designers have worked their magic on the front of the car with a set of slim LED headlights and a pronounced carbon fiber splitter. There are large openings in the bodywork above the front tires while a familiar prototype-style cabin is also visible. The side bodywork is smooth and simple, a dramatic contrast to Ferrari’s current F1 while at the rear you’ll notice the large aerodynamic shark fin and towering wing.

The Italian automaker has developed its own chassis for the 499P, given that it will compete in the LMH class rather than the LMDh class where competitors must use a chassis from Multimatic, Dallara, Oreca or Ligier.

The 499P is powered by a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 that shares its architecture with that of the 296 GT3 race car but has been completely reworked, ensuring it is lighter and can act as a load-bearing part of the the car. A 900 volt battery driving an electric motor is also present. The grunt of the combustion engine drives the rear wheels while the electric motor powers the front. The car also has an energy recovery system that recharges the battery during deceleration and braking. The 499P delivers a combined power of 680 hp.

More than 7,500 miles (12,000 km) of testing has been carried out on the 499P and it will be homologated before the end of the year. His outings in next year’s FIA World Endurance Championship will include the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

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