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With the advent of hybrid-electric and full electric vehicles it’s meant that even iconic races have introduced classes for these cars. Le Mans was an early adopter and have had a class for these for a while now and that means the FIA WEC World Endurance Championship is that little bit more interesting. From Ferrari, their entry for the 2023 season and beyond is the all-new 499P. This new hybrid racecar conforms to all the relevant FIA rules which means it could be entered into the next Le Mans event if the teams were ready, but they’re not and so the car should see it’s competitive debut take place during next year. This past weekend masses of Ferrari fans were treated to the car on track at Finali Mondiali 2022 during the massive Ferrari event at Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, more widely known simply as Imola. The next time the car will be seen in public will be during the popular 1000 Miles of Sebring event that should take place in March/April of 2023. Hopes are that the 499P will add to the brands 22 world titles and 9 outright wins at the Le Mans 24 hour race.

This new Le Mans Ferrari looks amazing, but that’s pretty much expected when we find that iconic prancing horse logo on it. To give the car a link to the automaker’s racing roots, this new 499P will be seen wearing livery inspired by the 312P’s visuals from way back in the 1970s, and the race number 50 visually underscores the historical connections interrupted 50 years ago, a number that did great for the cars in competition. The 2nd car entered will wear number 51, a matching winning number for Ferrari. Powering the Ferrari 499P is a hybrid powertrain that combines a mid-rear ICE unit with an electric motor powering the front axle. The internal combustion engine is derived from the road-going twin-turbo V6, which also acts to bear loads in the overall design. Added to this is the ERS - Energy Recovery System - with a maximum power output of 200 kW, trickle down tech from the brand’s experience in Formula 1. The combined power on tap in the Ferrari 499P' is rated at 500 kW, the series cap for power, and this is mated to a 7-speed sequential gearbox.

The 499P is built on an all-new carbon-fibre monocoque chassis and has double wishbone, push-rod-type suspension that affords composed fast cornering and top speed stability. The braking system integrates a brake-by-wire system that allows recovery of kinetic energy by the front electric axle under braking while the electric front axle uses the energy recovered, storing it in the high-voltage battery before transmitting torque to the front wheels when a certain speed is attained. The Ferrari 499P will be managed on track by Maranello technicians and engineers with the collaboration of AF Corse.

Take a look at the YouTube video that shows off, in typical stylish Ferrari fashion, the all-new Ferrari 499P hypercar set to tackle Le Mans hyperclass where it will hopefully campaign well for the brand: Ferrari 499P, the Hypercar to return to WEC top class | Ferrari

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