Ferrari 296 GTB: Il piccolo V12!


At Ferrari we are decisively changing the era, the universe and the equipment… Cavallino has undoubtedly taken a big step towards adapting to the new world. Unique heat engine. Electric input. Maranello’s sports will probably never be the same. Overwhelming but exciting!

That’s why Ferrari continues its momentum towards a cutting-edge electrification of its cars, and for very good reasons: Survived the gradual and inexorable disappearance of internal combustion enginesincrease the power and performance of its models unattainable in any production car today, and let the Maranello brand explore new technical ways. A transitional phase until arrival, such as the rechargeable hybridization launched with the SF90 in 2019 first 100% electric prancing horse.

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The disappearance of the V8?

The 296 GTB was born in this sense. The starting point of a new era. A necessary challenge. The 296 is a gorgeous mid-engined berlinetta with a new engine and a smaller combustion engine.associated with an electric motor, all combined and offering extraordinary power 830 horsepower.

That’s why Ferrari chose for its Berlinetta.A 2.9-liter V6 : hence the surname, 296 and GTB, “Grand Turismo Berlinetta”. skeptical? Yes, we could at least at first. The disappearance of the V8? No, not for now. Saved the F8 Tributo skin. But for how long anyway? It’s hard to say, especially when you discover this new car and the engine it offers. 110 hp is more substantial compared to Tributo’s 3.9 liter V8!

open at 120° V6

it’s a revolution this is the new engine! First, because it’s the first time Ferrari has used a V6 for a production berlinetta under its name. first V6yes, for a road car (note that the first V6 Ferrari to open at 65 degrees was positioned in Formula 2) and frankly, we’re not talking about that here. Dino 156 (1957) was not a badged Ferrari.

Because it represents a power that was never reached then. 663 horsepower or 221 hp/literassociated with a single electric motor located between the box and the developing thermal 122 kW or 167 horsepowerand provides 20% more torque (315 Nm).

Finally, it offers a unique architecture that is open up to 120 degrees, Craftsmanship designed in a new “AluChrom” alloy (-30 kg / V8) This undoubtedly allowed a glimpse of Ferrari’s new technical solutions, in particular the installation of two turbos just above the engine, one per cylinder bank.

Positioned very low, in the middle of the car, the V6 lowering the center of gravity and to leave more room for the rotating IHI turbos 180,000 rpm. They increase boost pressure by 24%. A feat. The closer they are to the engine, the better they are fed, thus reducing their reaction times inexorably.
These new technical options also helped shortening. Inconel exhaust linenow short, single and central: all again to reduce engine response times and make torque more generous.

A style that turns the page but also greets the past

The style of a new Ferrari is often associated with refinement, aesthetics, purity of magnificent lines. the spirit of a sporty Italian dressThe secret is only in Ferrari, as we love it.

But we never forget the history at the Italian manufacturer, which was rich and generous in creativity. This is the new 296 somewhere A nod to the magnificent 250 LM from 1963, especially when we take a closer look at its strengths. We quickly spot the connection between the two, especially in the “cabin” part, on its flat roof that ends on a flat, wide aerodynamic wing.

Their swollen wings indisputably unite the spirit of their ancestors.. In particular, we will remember that the Berlinette reduced the wheelbase by 5 cm to provide more fluidity and agility on the road. The usually round taillights have been replaced by more modernity: subtle lights integrated into the material. A design that is more compatible with the aerodynamics of the Berlinette.

A design that serves aerodynamics first

Its general line does indeed serve aerodynamics. The usual “S-Channel” of Tributo or Pista, which opens the front hood through an intermittent hole, has disappeared, leading to a new solution: an active air intake via a horizontal blade located under the shield, called the Tea Tray, “tea tray”.

At the same time, it directs the traction under the car, which will evacuate the air as quickly as possible thanks to a flat bottom that is active. The edge of the shield is pressed in the center towards this Tea Tray which helps direct the flow. Headlights also play an “aero” roleas part of the design allows for quick evacuation.

The 296 creates an innovative, well-directed airway that helps cool the ceramic brakes. It’s the same on the sides and on the roof, with this large horizontal blade directing drag towards the rear of the car. Support up to 300 kg at 250 km/h. Thanks to the removable fin, the active and vertical spoiler, the air is finally expelled upwards.

296 GTB… hybrid

The 296 GTB is a hybrid! It brings different driving uses to the map, especially those consisting of:only use the electric motor. If it has sufficient charge (remember it’s a rechargeable hybrid), berlinetta drives emission-free up to 25 km and 135 km/h (E-drive).

But the electric motor helps overall performance, first a Ferrari, by the way 4 modes: “E-drive”, “Hybrid”, “performance” or “Qualified”. He will always have a role. “Hybrid” mode optimizes the best of both worlds by activating or deactivating the internal combustion engine. “Performance” and “Qualified” serve the car’s maximum performance, the first by optimizing the two, the second by making use of the V6.

V6 sings like V12!

Ole, Ole! Spain was the scene of our first tours for us. It was in the Seville area where we discovered everything. 296’s sporting wealth. Incredible breathability, incredible agility, astonishing ease, absolute performance. 296 GTB works wonders! V6? Unbelievable ! The sound of a V12 at 8,500 rpm! But how do they do this? Artists, these engineers in art always surprise you!

The power of their fully loaded engines is delivered instantly! “Turbo” effect. The “electric” effect too. No interruptions, nothing to loosen up. An amazing car with a very strong potential of character: step on the gas and you’ll be steered forward without leaving a millimeter of asphalt. Don’t let it go even in the wraps, where The agility of the 296 is alarming. This is great. The shortened wheelbase plays an important role in dexterity. Also weight: Only 1,470 kg (1.77 kg/hp).

But unlike the SF90, which delivers 1,000 horsepower with four motors and where you never really see the limit of its capabilities, the 296 looks more moderate and easier to handle. Wrong idea. It provides numerous electronic auxiliary controls, forcing you to gallop this fiery 830 hp horse..

And to stop this insane speed, Ferrari focused on braking quality. First, in the connection, which is no longer mechanical but electronic (By Wire), which again allows the driver to gain response. ABS (ABS EVO) is optimized to provide better grip quality of the rear wheels during braking.. Extremely well balanced (distribution 40.5% front, 59.5% rear), the 296 is also responsive 8-speed F1 dual-clutch transmissionSF’s.

Finally, Ferrari gave us a few laps on the Monte Blanco circuit.296 Assetto Fiorano, a more radical versionwith two-tone, special tires and heavy use of low carbon 15 kg athletic form, and thus bring the berlinetta 1,455 kg empty. A few full turns.

Ferrari 296 GTB Technical Sheet
Tested model: Ferrari 296 GTB V6 2.9 830 hp
Dimensions L x W x H 4.57 / 1.96 / 1.19m
wheelbase 2.60m
unladen weight 1,470 kg (1,455 kg Pack Assetto Fiorano)
engine capacity V6 biturbo – 2.9 liters + electric motor
Motor power 683 hp at 8,500 rpm + 167 hp = 830 cumulative hp
Couple 740 cumulative hp
0 to 100 km/h 2.9s
Max speed 330 km/h
100% electric autonomy 25km
Electric max speed 135 km/h