Ferdinando Cannizzo, technical coordinator at Ferrari Competizioni GT, has confirmed that the brand from Maranello is working to launch paths developments for the Ferrari 488 GTE and 488 GT3 ahead of the season 2018. In this way, the Italian firm will be the only manufacturer of class LMGTE-Pro to take advantage of legislation that allows the development of an ‘Evo kit’ for each cycle of approval in 2018, the entire time that Ford has waived to upgrade his Ford GT this year with a view to doing so in 2019 or later if it finally extends its sports programme in the WEC and IMSA beyond that year.
As explained Canizzo in ‘Sportscar365’, the news that will receive the Ferrari 488 GTE and 488 GT3 will not be important and will be mostly oriented to the reliability and to enhance the aerodynamics of both models. On A visual level, the two racing cars of Maranello will receive a new front and rear bumpers, as well as settings on the splitter front, the flat bottom and the diffuser. have Also made adjustments in the engine biturbo V8 3.9 liter. The difference between the kits that will receive the GTE and the GT3 are according to the regulatory limits, although, since Ferrari are hoping that the news of the AWG will be sufficient to fight against the new BMW M8 and the Aston Martin Vantage GTE.
While the kit of evolution will come to all of the Ferrari 488 GTE by definition, from Ferrari estimates that the price of the kit for the 488 GT3 will be below € 20,000, a price which should ensure that almost all private computers end up buying this ‘update’. However, the main manufacturers of the panorama GT3 also prepare innovations for 2018. Porsche already made his debut at the end of this season with a developed version, particularly in terms of aerodynamic, the Porsche 911 GT3 R. It is expected that BMW and Lexus also make small adjustments in their vehicles GT3 for next year.