Ferrari 488 GTE

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Ferrari’s commitment to the track is not confined to Formula 1, but also encompasses GT racing where there is still a very strong link to its road cars. Ferrari is involved in the latter competitions through customer teams that choose the Prancing Horse cars to compete in the top championships.

Ferrari’s involvement in GT racing is currently encapsulated by the 488 GT of which there are GTE and GT3 versions to suit the differing technical regulations of the championships it competes in.

Developed with the support of Michelotto Automobili, the 488 GTE made its competitive debut in the 2016 24 Hours of Daytona. Ferrari’s 488 stacked up the honours in its first competitive seasons. The 488 GTE debuted with the Manufacturers’ title in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) thanks to victories at Silverstone, Spa-Francorchamps and the Nürburgring. It also triumphed at the Petit Le Mans in the IMSA SportsCar Championship. In 2017, it won the FIA WEC world title for both manufacturers and drivers. It recorded five GTE-Pro class wins during the season (Spa-Francorchamps, the Nürburgring, Austin, Fuji and Bahrain), while, in the GTE-Am class it tasted victory at Silverstone, in the 24 Hours of Le Mans and at Fuji. The car also won the European Le Mans Series with JMW Motorsport.

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Ferrari 488 GTE

Ferrari 488 GTE

In the United States, the 488 GT3 beat all its rivals in the IMSA SCC in the GTD class for two years, with victories in both the 12 Hours of Sebring and the 6 Hours of Watkins Glen.

The car also swept all before it on its debut in the Asian Le Mans Series and dominated the Pro-Am Cup class of the Blancpain GT championships in 2016 and 2017.

It triumphed in the Italian GT championship in 2016 and in the Japanese Super Taikyu championship in 2017.

The same car also brought Ferrari its first winner’s laurels in the legendary 12 Hours of Bathurst, Australia, and allowed the Prancing Horse to go beck to winning ways at the Nordschleife.


The 488 GT’s performance has been boosted across the board compared to the 458 Italia but it remains just as easy to drive.

The driver’s cockpit has been further improved thanks to more extensive instrumentation to assist professional and gentleman drivers in all kinds of race conditions.

Tyre wear has been further optimised too as has fuel consumption thanks to the car’s new generation turbo engine. The 488 also sports a transverse gearbox that refines weight distribution. In aero terms, it is almost 40% more efficient, producing a clear improvement in high speed cornering.

Ferrari 488 GTE

488 GTE

Overall length 4633 mm
Overall width 2045 mm
Height 1160 mm
Wheelbase 2700 mm
Front track 2045 mm
Rear track 2045 mm
Dry Weight 1260 Kg
Front 30/68/18
Rear 31/71/18
Front Ø 390x35
Rear Ø 332x32
Type V8 90°
Bore and stroke 86,5 x 83 mm
Total displacement 3996 cm3
Maximum power 490 CV at 5500 rpm
Maximum torque 650 Nm at 5250 rpm

488 GT3

Overall length 4633 mm
Overall width 2045 mm
Height 1160 mm
Wheelbase 2700 mm
Front track 2045 mm
Rear track 2045 mm
Dry Weight 1260 Kg
Front 30/68/18
Rear 31/71/18
Front Ø 390x35
Rear Ø 332x32
Type V8 90°
Bore and stroke 86,5 x 83 mm
Total displacement 3902 cm3
Maximum power 600 CV at 7000 rpm
Maximum torque 700 Nm at 6000 rpm

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