Ferrari has taken the wraps off the 2016-spec 488 GTE and 488 GT3 racecars at Mugello this weekend during the Finali Mondiali 2015.
After coming out with the turbocharged 488 GTB road-going supercar earlier this year, Ferrari’s motorsport division has introduced two racing derivatives which will compete in various series starting next year. The 3902cc V8 engine inside the standard car is rated at 670 PS (493 kW) whereas the GT3 version develops 550 PS (404 kW). As for the 488 GTE, this one has a larger 3996cc configuration of the same engine with 485 PS (357 kW).
Both racecars come with a left-hand drive configuration and benefit from an aluminum chassis along with a safety roll cage made from steel while at the back there’s an adjustable single profile wing and diffuser.
Speaking to Motorsport.com, Ferrari’s GT and Corse Clienti racing director Antonello Coletta said the objective is to make 150 cars over a course of four or five years. Emphasizing the main difference between the 488 and the previous 458 is represented by the adoption of a turbocharged engine while the increased aerodynamic efficiency is also an important upgrade for the new 488 racecars. Coletta went on to specify the cars will compete in the most important races in United States and in the FIA World Endurance Championship.