Ferrari left the legendary 24 Hours of Les Mans to focus heavily on Formula One and you can’t blame them really as that dedication led to incredible success in the sport. However, it seems things have changed as Ferrari is throwing their hat back into the ring with their new 499P hypercar designed to compete in the 2023 World Endurance Championship, which includes Les Mans.
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Ferrari’s 499P has taken a few design cues from their heritage cars of the 1970s with sleek bodywork plus a yellow and red livery. It looks like a retro-future speed machine. Let’s hope it goes as fast as it looks.
Powering this beast is a twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 with a wide angle between the cylinder heads. This is a concept used on Ferrari’s 296 supercar, a car so good people called it a return to form for Ferrari. While the internal combustion engine can put out 500kW of power, a hybrid system on the front axle can add 200kW extra power. However, the power output has been limited to 500kW to prevent an arms race between manufacturers.
The car takes some inspiration from Ferrari’s Formula 1 cars with a mid-engine layout and high-tech cabin with intricate controls for the hybrid system.
Ferrari have yet to announce their driver line-up.
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