Ferrari Shows Off New Car for Its First WEC Races Since 1973
The World Endurance Championship (WEC) is a thrilling series with cars packing the latest tech and automakers from around the world vying for the top spots. Ferrari, whose teams have put up legendary performances in several racing series, recently announced a new car for the upcoming WEC season.
The 499P is a four-wheel drive prototype with a V6 and an energy recovery system capable of producing 268 horsepower on its own. Ferrari derived the car’s hybrid powertrain from the 296 GT3 car, and the V6 forms a structural part of the car. Though purpose-built for the car, its battery uses design and engineering knowledge derived from Formula 1.
Being Ferrari, the car doesn’t just perform well; it looks fantastic. The automaker said it developed the car’s shape from a flat surface, and the body is designed to draw air toward the radiators. The rear features a double wing and multiple air intakes to cool the battery, gearbox, and engine.
The 499P marks Ferrari’s first race on the WEC since 1973, when it shifted its focus to Formula 1. Ferrari’s first run in the car will come at Sebring International Raceway in Florida this weekend, but the 1,000 Miles of Sebring – its first actual race – happens next week.
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Chris grew up in, under, and around cars, but took the long way around to becoming an automotive writer. After a career in technology consulting and a trip through business school, Chris began writing about the automotive industry as a way to reconnect with his passion and get behind the wheel of a new car every week. He focuses on taking complex industry stories and making them digestible by any reader. Just don’t expect him to stay away from high-mileage Porsches.
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