Italian OEM Ferrari has introduced a new version of the 488 GT3. Unveiled at the Ferrari Finali Mondiali at Mugello, the 2020 challenger will compete in the main international GT championships.
The new Evo package is the result of Ferrari’s desire to further refine certain aspects of the 488 GT3. This has been achieved using innovative concepts derived from track experience and feedback from the teams competing with the 488 GT3.
Engineers at Ferrari 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 calculations and CFD simulations, followed by wind 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, making the car more stable without modifying the aero balance thanks in part to turning vanes inside the splitter.
The vents on top of the wings are also larger than the current model and the front section of the door is more tapered to channel lateral flows more efficiently. The vents on the rear wing have also been completely redesigned.
Ferrari has also looked to improve on the 488 GT3’s vehicle dynamics. The wheelbase is longer, as in the 488 GTE, to optimize tire use, reduce tire wear and facilitate conversion from GT3 to GTE.
Engineers also focused on reducing the car’s weight, meaning that more ballast can be used to attain the minimum weight imposed by Balance of Performance, thus lowering the center of gravity.
The 2020 488 Evo GT3 maintains its predecessor’s engine, a twin-turbo V8 with a 90° angle between the cylinder banks. However, it does benefit from a new engine management system that improves reliability and ensures smoother, more precise torque delivery.
The new components and improvements introduced in the 2020 version of the 488 GT3 Evo are also available as upgrade kits for existing cars.