Ferrari unveils new 488 GTE & GT3 cars

By Adam Tate, Managing Editor

At its annual Finali Mondiali event at Italy’s Mugello circuit, Ferrari unveiled both racing variants of its new 488 GTB.

The first is the 488 GTE set to compete in the World Endurance Championship and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Like the street version it is based upon, it features a 3.9 liter, twin turbocharged V8 engine. It will be campaigned by privateers like the 458 GTE before it and was unveiled in the team colors of the stalwart outfit AF Corse.

The GT3 version was also unveiled and features most of the same features of the GTE car but with less downforce as per the simplified GT3 rules. It will be eligible for multiple series and race in the newly renamed IMSA Weather Tech Championship, the Blancpain Series and the Pirelli World Challenge.

Interestingly enough, both cars develop less power than the street version which has an astounding 660 hp. The GT3 machine makes 550, whereas the top flight GTE car makes do with only 485 breathing through a highly restricted racing intake.

Both versions of the car will make their on track debut in January’s Rolex 24 at Daytona.

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Associate Editor of Motorsports Tribune and jack of all trades, Adam is our resident Formula 1 expert. He has covered F1, IndyCar, WEC, IMSA, NASCAR, PWC and more. His work has been featured on multiple outlets including AutoWeek and A MT Co-founder, Adam has been with us since the beginning when he and Joey created Tribute Racing back in 2012. When not at the track or writing about cars, Adam can be found enjoying the Oregon back roads in his GTI.

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