October 26, 2019, Scarperia – Ferrari has unveiled the 488 GT3 Evo 2020 that will be competing in the main international GT championship in 2020 at the Ferrari Finali Mondiali at Mugello.
The new Evo package is a result of Ferrari’s desire to further refine certain aspects of one of the most successful cars in the marque’s history. This has been achieved using innovative concepts derived from its track experience and feedback form the teams competing with the 488 GT3.
Aerodynamics, vehicle dynamics, ergonomics, safety and reliability were the main focuses of development and the engineers made sure that it is compliance with the strict power and aerodynamic efficiency performance limits imposed by FIA regulations. The 488 GT3 Evo 2020 debuts a new seat which is 2.4 kg lighter (with new belts and new buckle) that was jointly developed by Sabelt for GT3 and GTE which meets the new FIA safety regulations.
Ferrari’s engineers honed the 488 GT3 Evo 2020’s aerodynamics to boost the car’s stability with the new front-end design making a significant contribution. Over 18,000 hours of calculation and CFD simulations, followed by win tunnel testing, went into the design of a new bumper with a smaller frontal section under the headlights. This has allowed the introduction of a pair of flicks to generate more downforce, which made the car more stable without modifying the aero balance thanks in part to turning vanes inside the splitter.
Its aerodynamic development also extended to other areas of the front of the 488 GT3 such as the vents on top of the wings are larger than the current model, and the front section of the door is now more tapered to more efficiently channel lateral flows. The vents on the rear wing have also been completely redesigned.
The 488 GT3’s vehicle dynamics have been the key in its success and this area has been further improved in the new 488 GT3 Evo 2020. The wheelbase has been extended like the 488 GTE, to optimise tyre use by reducing the tyre wear and facilitate the conversion from GT3 to GTE. The weight of the car also has been reduced with the result that more ballast can be used to attain the minimum weight imposed by the Balance of Performance, thus lowering the centre of gravity. Apart from that, the traction control and the anti-lock braking system have been optimised.
Powering the 488 GT3 Evo 2020 is the same twin-turbo V8 engine with a 90-degree angle between the cylinder banks. However, it does benefit from a new engine management system which improves its reliability and guarantees smoother and more precise torque delivery.
There’s the additional 24H/Endurance package, specifically designed for clients who are interested in that particular type of racing. The basic equipment includes a front bumper and additional headlights, quick-fill couplings for engine oil and coolant, carbon-fibre clutch, brake callipers adopted from the GTE and steel wheel nuts. Optional features include sensors for the coolant level and refueling completion with warning lights and the Le Mans type, 4,500 lumen LED main headlights.
All the new components and improvement introduced in the 2020 version of the 488 GT3 Evo are also available as upgrade kits for existing cars.