It took 18,000 hours just to optimize the front bumper.
It's been a hectic year for Ferrari, as the Italian automaker will have unveiled five new models by the end of 2019 including the F8 Tributo, SF90 Stradale, F8 Spider, 812 GTS, and a new mystery GT car. We can now add one more car to this list because the automaker has unveiled a new version of the 488 GT3 race car. Set to make its racing debut in the 2020 international GT championships where it will compete against the Corvette C8.R, the new Ferrari 488 GT3 Evo has been updated with aerodynamic upgrades and improved driving dynamics.
At the front, the Ferrari 488 GT3 features a redesigned bumper with a smaller frontal section under the headlights that improves the car's stability. According to Ferrari, it took over 18,000 hours of calculations, CFD simulations, and wind tunnel testing to optimize the front bumper.
Elsewhere, a pair of flicks have been added to generate more downforce, the vents on top of the wings are larger than the current model, and the front section of the door is now more tapered to optimize airflow. The vents on the rear wing have also been completely redesigned.
Like the 488 GTE, the wheelbase is longer to reduce tire wear and make the conversion from GT3 to GTE easier. It's also lighter resulting in more ballast that can be used, which lowers the car's center of gravity. Settings for the traction control and ABS have also been optimized for the 488 GT3 Evo. No performance upgrades have been made to the race car's twin-turbo V8, but Ferrari says a new engine management system improves reliability and delivers smoother, more precise torque delivery.
Inside, the 488 GT3 Evo also features a new seat developed jointly with Sabelt that's more rigid and robust, as well as 5.3 pounds lighter.
In addition to the Evo package, the car can be equipped with a 24H/Endurance package that includes a front bumper with additional headlights, quick-fill couplings for engine oil and coolant, carbon-fiber clutch, brake calipers adopted from the GTE and steel wheel nuts. Optional features include sensors for the coolant level and refuelling completion with warning lights, and Le Mans-style, 4,500 lumen LED main headlights. Existing cars can also be upgraded with the new components and improvements introduced in the 2020 488 GT3 Evo.