Ferrari V6 engine: from triumph at Le Mans to road racing cars

It is the beating heart of Ferrari 499P two-time winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans: the a 2,994 cc 120° V six-cylinder, with two turbochargers arranged in a central position, derives from the one mounted on the 296 GTB road and its GT3 racing version. A unit that has achieved numerous successes on the track, starting from the French classic, but also in other endurance races such as the 24 Hours of Daytona on the 296 GT3. But above all an engine that we find on one of the road models protagonists of the Cavallino’s sales, which in 2023 reached a figure of 13,663 models.

The V6 on the 499P

On the 499P, whose name among other things refers to the unit displacement of the engine, the basic structure of the 120° V6 with two turbochargers placed in the center of the banks is maintained. Compared to the version mounted on the 296, an important review has been implemented here lighten the unit and adapt it for insertion on the prototype, where it has a structural function as dload-bearing type, rather than mounted on the car chassis. On the 499P it develops a maximum power of 500 kW (680 HP) as required by the World Endurance Championship regulations and is combined with the Ers (Energy Recovery System), which in turn delivers 200 kW (272 HP). It is an electric motor equipped with a differential and a battery that recharges during deceleration and braking phases. The 800V battery pack benefits from the experience gained in Formula 1. The thermal unit is connected to the rear wheels, while the electric one provides torque to the front and it is activated once the speed of 190 km/h is exceededeffectively transforming the car into one four-wheel drive. Finally, the powerplant is connected to a seven-speed sequential gearbox.

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The V6 on the 296

The 120° V6 solution debuted for the first time on the production car, the 296 GTB and GTS. This positioning allowed the double turbo to be installed in a central position, thus managing to reduce overall dimensions and air paths. On the road car the V6 delivers 663 HP, with a specific power of 221 HP per litre. To this are added the 167 HP electric motorfor a combined power of 830 HP and 740 Nm of torque. The thermal unit is the same one that also equips the 296 GT3with a power limited by regulation around 500 HPbut also the 296 Challenge, which from 2024 has replaced the 488 in the Cavallino single-make series: here it even reaches 700 HP, for a specific power of 234 HP/litre.

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