Due to debut in the European and North American Ferrari one-make series in the 2024 season, the 296 Challenge introduces a slew of new features compared with the outgoing Ferrari 488 Challenge Evo.
According to Ferrari, the car embodies a new philosophy that has seen far-reaching work carried out on the road car to optimize its specifications for track use. In terms of performance and lap consistency throughout a race, the 296 Challenge closely mirrors the specifications of the 296 GT3, which made its debut this season.
Derived from the 296 GTB, the 296 Challenge sees substantial modifications to the engine, aero and vehicle dynamics. The 2,992cc twin-turbo V6 engine, without the hybrid component, produces 700bhp with maximum torque of 740Nm.
Ferrari claims that the 296 Challenge’s aero package delivers downforce figures unprecedented in the history of the single-make series, ensuring maximum efficiency in all conditions. It generates more than 870kg of downforce at 250km/h with the spoiler at its maximum angle of attack.
The car also sees the debut of ABS EVO Track, a specific adaptation of the ABS first introduced on the 296 GTB. With the addition of new CCM-R PLUS brake discs, Ferrari states that both braking performance and consistency are improved. New, bespoke Pirelli 19in tires have also made a substantial contribution to the car’s handling and performance compared with its predecessor.