– Ferrari returns to the 24 hours Le Mans after 50 years away.
– Marks its entry in 2023 WEC with two 499Ps.
Ferrari has officially unveiled its new 499P LMH (Le Mans Hypercar), marking the company’s return to the Le Mans 24 Hours after nearly 50 years, The 499P was named after its individual cylinder capacity and was prefixed with the letter ‘P’ for prototype.
Ferrari’s new supercar is a completely new design based on a carbon-fibre monocoque chassis. It is powered by a 3.0 litre V6 engine that combines a mid-rear power unit with an electric motor that powers the front axle. In total, the engine produces 680 bhp. The motor is situated on the front, while the engine is mounted in the middle which is mated to a seven-speed sequential gearbox. As a result, and as one might anticipate, the hybrid hypercar has all-wheel drive. The carbon brake system harvests kinetic energy from the front axle while braking and stores it in the battery for redeployment. The 499P’s V6 engine is a member of Ferrari’s road-going V6 engine family.
The Daytona SP3 served as inspiration for the design. The vehicle’s red livery includes yellow accents as a nod to the 312PB of the early 1970s. Large louvres, a distinctive Ferrari trademark, are situated around the wheel arches having the purpose of reducing pressure inside the wheel housings. The car’s back has a subdued carbon-fibre skin that serves a variety of functions, and the back is distinguished by a horizontal twin rear wing.
Ferrari racing boss Antonello Coletta said, “The 499 confirms our commitment to endurance racing, which is part of our history and part of a tradition of using this kind of competition to test new technologies.” Ferrari has not yet disclosed the names of its drivers, despite Coletta’s claim that the team will be made up of people who are currently a part of its GT racing family.