Ferrari has revealed the 296 Challenge track car ahead of its official unveiling, which will take place at the Mugello Circuit in Italy, on the sidelines of the annual Finali Mondiali event. It replaces the 488 Challenge Evo.
The Ferrari 296 Challenge is the ninth model in the history of the Ferrari Challenge Trofeo Pirelli. It will make its racing debut in the Europe and North America series in the 2024 season.
The 296 Challenge is derived from the 296 GTB road car. It features several performance modifications, but unlike the road car, it does not get any hybrid assistance. The 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 engine has been upgraded to produce 700 hp and 546 lb-ft of torque. That’s a best-in-segment specific output of 234 hp/l.
The 296 Challenge also gets a bespoke aero package designed for maximum efficiency in all conditions. The rear spoiler, in its most aggressive setting, generates 870 kg of downforce at 250 km/h.
The 296 Challenge is equipped with Ferrari’s ABS EVO Track which was introduced on the 296 GTB. The car uses new CCM-R Plus brake discs and rides on 19-inch Pirelli tires.
Ferrari will also showcase the 499XX at this year’s Finali Mondiali. It is an unrestricted track car based on the Le Mans-winning 499P that private customers can buy.