Ferrari 296 GTB: Piccolo V12!

We are decisively changing the era, the universe and the equipment at Ferrari… Cavallino has certainly taken a big step in adapting to the new world. Unique heat engine. Electrical invasion. The sport of Maranello will probably never be the same again. Awesome but exciting!

Therefore, Ferrari continues to move towards advanced electrification of its cars, and there are very good reasons for this: survive the gradual and inexorable disappearance of internal combustion engines, to increase the power and performance of its models, which today cannot be achieved in production cars, and to allow the brand from Maranello to explore new technical possibilities. Similar to the rechargeable hybridization started in 2019 with the SF90, the transition phase is awaiting the arrival the first 100% electric galloping horse.

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The disappearance of the V8?

The 296 GTB was born in this sense. Starting point of a new era. Needed challenge. The 296 is an impressive mid-engined Berlinetta with a new engine and a smaller internal combustion engine.connected to the electric motor and they all offer combined and phenomenal power 830 horsepower.

Therefore, Ferrari opted for its Berlinetta from2.9 liter V6 : hence his last name, 296 and GTB, for “Grand Turismo Berlinetta”. Skeptical? Yes, we could be at least the first time. The disappearance of the V8? No, not at the moment. The F8 Tributo saved his skin. But still, how long? It’s hard to say, especially when you discover this new car and its engine that offers power of 110 hp more important than Tributo’s 3.9-litre V8!

V6 open 120°

it’s a revolution this new engine! First, because this is the first time that Ferrari, under its name, has used a V6 for a production berlinetta. First V6yes, for a road car (remember that the very first Ferrari V6 open at 65 degrees was positioned in Formula 2), and obviously this is not about Dino 156 (1957), which was not called Ferrari.

Then because he represents a power he never achieved 663 HP or 221 hp/l.connected to one electric motor located between the box and the developing thermal 122 kW or 167 horsepowerand which provides 20% more torque (315 Nm).

Finally, it offers a unique 120 degree open architecture, craftsmanship from the new AluChrom alloy (-30 kg/V8) which undoubtedly allowed Ferrari to see new technical solutions, in particular the installation of two turbines directly above the engine, one for each bank of cylinders.

Located very low in the center of the car, the V6 engine allows lower the center of gravity and leave more room for the IHI turbines, which spin at 180,000 rpm. They increase boost pressure by 24%. Feat. Closer to the engine, they are also better equipped, reducing response time inexorably.
These new technical solutions have also helped to reduce inconel exhaust linenow short, single and central: all in order, again, to shorten the response time of the engine and make the torque more generous.

Style that turns the page, but a tribute to the past

The style of the new Ferrari is often associated with sophistication, aesthetics, purity of spectacular lines, the soul of a sporty italian dresshow we love them, the secret of which only Ferrari has.

But the Italian manufacturer never forgets the past, rich and generous in creativity. This new 296 somewhere a tribute to the legendary 250 LM from 1963, especially if we take a closer look at its strengths. We quickly identify the connection between them, especially in the “cockpit” part, straight, its flat roof ending in a large aerodynamic blade.

Her swollen wings, no doubt, connect the spirit of her progenitor.. We especially remember that the Berlinette’s wheelbase has been shortened by 5 cm to make it smoother and more agile on the road. Rear lights, usually round, have given way to more modern ones: thin lanterns embedded in the material. The design is more in line with the aerodynamics of the Berlinette.

Design that primarily serves aerodynamics

Its overall line really serves aerodynamics. The usual “S-duct” Tributo or Pista, which opened the front hood through a gaping hole, has disappeared, giving way to a new solution: active air intake through a horizontal plate located at the bottom of the screen and called Tea-Tray, “tea tray”..

It directs the resistance under the car, which, thanks to the flat bottom, which is also active, pumps air out as quickly as possible. The edge of the shield is pressed in the center against the tea tray, which helps to direct the flow. The headlights also play an “aero” part of the structure allows for rapid evacuation.

296 creates an innovative, well-directed airflow that helps cool the ceramic brakes. Same on the sides and on the roof, with this large horizontal blade that directs the drag towards the rear of the car and provides up to 300 kg support at 250 km/h. Finally, the air is thrown upwards thanks to the removable fin, active and vertical spoiler.

296 GTB… hybrid

296 GTB is a hybrid! This maps the various uses of driving, in particular those that consist of notuse only electric motor. If recharging is enough (remember this is a rechargeable hybrid), berlinetta travels 25 km without emissions and reaches a speed of 135 km/h (E-drive).

But the electric motor mostly helps with overall performance, this is the first Ferrari, btw the next one 4 modes: “Electronic drive”, “Hybrid”, “Performance” or “Qualification”. He will always have a role. “Hybrid” mode optimizes the best of both worlds by activating or deactivating the internal combustion engine. “Performance” and “Qualification” serve to maximize the performance of the car, the first by optimizing the two, the second by the advantages of the V6.

V6 sings like V12!

Ole, Ole! Spain was for us the arena of our first tours. It was in the Seville area that we discovered everything sports wealth 296. Incredible breath, incredible agility, amazing lightness, absolute performance. 296 GTB works wonders! V6? Incredible ! V12 sound at 8500 rpm! But how do they do it? Artists, real engineers in art always surprise you!

The power of its fully loaded engines is delivered instantly! Turbo effect. “Electric” effect too. No downtime, nothing to relax. Spectacular car with a very strong character potential: press the accelerator and you are projected forward without leaving a single millimeter of asphalt. Don’t let go even in windings where maneuverability 296 is embarrassing. It’s amazing. The shortened wheelbase plays an important role in its maneuverability. Also its weight: only 1470 kg (1.77 kg/hp).

But unlike the SF90, which puts out 1,000 horsepower with four engines and you never see its limits, the 296 feels more moderate, easier to drive. False idea. Numerous electronic assistants provide control, forcing you to train this 830 hp fiery horse. gallop..

And to stop this breakneck speed, Ferrari focused on the quality of braking. Firstly, on the connection, which is now not mechanical, but electronic (By Wire), which again allows the driver to increase the response speed. The ABS system (ABS EVO) has been optimized to provide better rear wheel traction when braking.. Quite well balanced (distribution 40.5% front, 59.5% rear), the 296 responds quickly, also thanks to its 8-speed F1 dual-clutch transmissionthat SF.

Finally, Ferrari gave us a few laps around the Monte Blanco circuit, on board296 Assetto Fiorano, more radical versiontwo-tone, with specific tires and the massive use of carbon, which reduce his sports uniform is 15 kg, and thus bring the Berlinetta up to 1455 kg empty. Several full turns.

Ferrari 296 GTB technical sheet
Model tested: Ferrari 296 GTB V6 2.9 830 HP
Dimensions L x W x H 4.57/1.96/1.19 m
Wheelbase 2.60 m
Weight without load 1470 kg (package of Assetto Fiorano 1455 kg)
Engine capacity V6 biturbo – 2.9 liters + electric motor
Engine power 683 HP at 8500 rpm + 167 hp = 830 hp in total
Pair 740 cumulative hp
from 0 to 100 km/h 2.9 s
maximum speed 330 km/h
100% electrical autonomy 25km
Electric top speed 135 km/h