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. In its first year, it won the Constructors’ title in the World Endurance Championship, while the GT3 triumphed in the first six races of its career, including its maiden race, the 12 Hours of Sebring.
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.
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.