24 Hours of Le Mans – Ferrari 499P: the future is now

24 Hours of Le Mans – Ferrari 499P: the future is now

In 2023, Ferrari will return to the head class in endurance racing with the 499P. With its aggressive lines, signature curves familiar to Ferrari prototypes, colours inspired by the past, this Hypercar is certainly a worthy heir to its predecessors.

This year, Ferrari is reclaiming its place among the elite with the 499P prototype in the Le Mans Hypercar (LMH) class. Like many others, the Scuderia was attracted by new less restrictive regulations, particularly in terms of aerodynamics.

The teams of Ferrari Styling Center Director Flavio Manzoni have opted for aggressive lines, underscored by numerous cuts and exposed carbon parts. But the characteristic curves of Ferrari prototypes have not been forgotten. The rear of the 499P reveals the distinctive horizontal light signature and an imposing rear spoiler. The design forms two parallel lines running the full width of the car for a stunning look.

Ferrari DNA

The Hypercar is equipped with the latest technologies, powered by a turbocharged and hybrid V6 with a maximum of 680 hp. The engine, colours reflective of the past and harmonious lines leave no doubt as to the pedigree of this prototype: it's a Ferrari, ready to compete at the biggest endurance race in the world.

In collaboration with top contender team AF Corse, Ferrari will take on the FIA World Endurance Championship as well as the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The Italian marque will count on nearly 75 years of expertise in the discipline to add a 10th win to its track record on 10-11 June.

The two cars entered will be entrusted to drivers from the Ferrari family. Ferrari Attività Sportive GT Director Antonello Coletta: "We know exactly what we expect from them regarding development and consistency. We don't just expect them to be fast."

"We still have a lot of work to do"

The Ferrari 499P recently underwent two days of testing at the Sebring circuit where the 2023 FIA WEC season will kick off. During the shakedown, various options were assessed with the goal of improving the car's reliability. The uneven surface of that particular track allowed the engineers to gather data on how the suspension and chassis respond to intense stress. Alessandro Pier Guidi: "The Sebring test was very important for us because we had the chance to test the 499P on the track where we will be making our debut, a track that is also very harsh on the car's mechanical components. I really enjoyed driving the car on this track. The feedback from these two days is positive, we have gained experience that will be important at the 1000 Miles and, above all, we have been able to get precise timing references compared to our rivals. We still have a lot of work to do to improve further, but we know in which direction to do it."

Since 26 November, the 24 Hours Museum has hosted a temporary exhibition called La Storia Di Le Mans that retraces the history of Ferrari prototypes at the race and boasts several iconic cars.

To learn more, go to the 24 Hours Museum website

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