The Ferrari 488 GTE is a grand tourer racing car built by Ferrari's in-house Competizioni GT unit, for competition in endurance racing. It is a replacement for the Ferrari 458 GT2 racing car, using the Ferrari 488 as a base. The car is built in accordance with the Automobile Club de l'Ouest/FIA LM GTE regulations introduced for the 2016 season, and it currently competes in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, FIA World Endurance Championship, and the European Le Mans Series.[3] The car had its race debut at the 2016 24 Hours of Daytona, with the Scuderia Corsa and Risi Competizione teams.[4]

Development

Ferrari 488 GTE

488 GTE at the Museo Ferrari

Following the launch of the Ferrari 488, a Ferrari spokesperson confirmed that a racing version of the car would be unveiled soon.[5] On 30 August 2015, spy photographs taken at the ACI Vallelunga Circuit showed tests of a highly camouflaged car undergoing testing, with major differences compared to the outgoing 458 GT2.[6] The car was launched at the 2015 Finali Mondiali at the Mugello Circuit, alongside its GT3 counterpart.[7] At the launch, few details of the car were shared, with the engine carrying over from the 488 GTB being the main announcement.[8] The car can shift between LM GTE, and Group GT3 specification.[9]

Ferrari 488 GTE Evo

#51 AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTE Evo, 2018 6 Hours of Silverstone

On 13 November 2017, Ferrari Competizioni GT technical coordinator Ferdinando Cannizzo comfirmed that both the 488 GTE and GT3 would be receiving Evo kits, aimed at improving reliability, as well as aero performance optimization.[10] The 488 GTE Evo had its shakedown test at Ferrari's Fiorano Circuit on 30 March 2018.[11] Following a wind tunnel test at the WindShear facility, the 488 GTE Evo had its front dive-planes removed.[12] Cannizzo suggested that the car could remain in competition until 2021 with a second Evolution, instead of Ferrari developing a new car.[13]

Competition History

2016 FIA World Endurance Championship

World Endurance Cup for GT Manufacturers

Manufacturer United Kingdom
SIL
Belgium
SPA
France
LMS
Germany
NÜR
Mexico
MEX
United States
COA
Japan
FUJ
China
SHA
Bahrain
BHR
Total

points

Pos.
Italy Ferrari 1 1 4 1 2 2 3 3 2 294 1st
2 6 Ret 2 4 3 4 5 3

FIA Endurance Trophy for LM GTE Pro Teams

Car Team United Kingdom
SIL
Belgium
SPA
France
LMS
Germany
NÜR
Mexico
MEX
United States
COA
Japan
FUJ
China
SHA
Bahrain
BHR
Total

points

Pos.
71 Italy AF Corse 1 1 Ret 2 4 3 4 5 3 134 3rd
51 Italy AF Corse 2 Ret Ret 1 2 2 3 3 2 128 5th

2016 IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship

488 GTE of Scuderia Corsa

GT Le Mans Teams Championship

Team DAY SEB LBH LGA WGL MOS LIM ELK VIR AUS ATL Points NAEC Pos.
No. 62 Risi Competizione 6 4 3 5 6 7 4 5 7 8 1 305 32 5th
No. 68 Scuderia Corsa 4 7 6 2 5 8 164 27 10th

GT Le Mans Manufacturers Championship

Manufacturer DAY SEB LBH LGA WGL MOS LIM ELK VIR AUS ATL Points NAEC Pos.
Ferrari 4 4 3 2 5 7 4 5 7 8 1 317 40 4th

2017 FIA World Endurance Championship

GT World Endurance Manufacturers' Championship

Manufacturer United Kingdom
SIL
Belgium
SPA
France
LMS
Germany
NÜR
Mexico
MEX
United States
COA
Japan
FUJ
China
SHA
Bahrain
BHR
Total

points

Pos.
Italy Ferrari 2 1 4 1 2 1 1 3 1 305 1st
5 2 7 9 6 3 5 6 2

Endurance Trophy for LMGTE Pro Teams

Car Team United Kingdom
SIL
Belgium
SPA
France
LMS
Germany
NÜR
Mexico
MEX
United States
COA
Japan
FUJ
China
SHA
Bahrain
BHR
Total

points

Pos.
51 Italy AF Corse 2 2 7 1 6 1 1 3 2 164 1st
71 Italy AF Corse 5 1 4 8 2 3 5 6 1 143 4th

Endurance Trophy for LMGTE Am Teams

Car Team United Kingdom
SIL
Belgium
SPA
France
LMS
Germany
NÜR
Mexico
MEX
United States
COA
Japan
FUJ
China
SHA
Bahrain
BHR
Total

points

Pos.
61 Singapore Clearwater Racing 1 3 1 4 5 2 2 4 2 179 2nd
54 Switzerland Spirit of Race Ret 4 5 2 4 3 1 Ret 3 117 4th

2017 IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship

GT Le Mans Manufacturers' Trophy

Manufacturer DAY SEB LBH AUS WGL MOS LIM ELK VIR LGA ATL Points NAEC Pos.
Ferrari 3 3 9 9 3 2 3 204 19 5th

2017 European Le Mans Series

The JMW Motorsport Ferrari in the pitbox before the 2017 4 Hours of Spa.

LMGTE Teams Championship

Team SIL
United Kingdom
MNZ
Italy
RBR
Austria
LEC
France
SPA
Belgium
POR
Portugal
Total Pos.
United Kingdom No. 66 JMW Motorsport 5* 1* 2 3 2 2 104 1
Switzerland No. 55 Spirit Of Race 4 Ret 1 1 4 Ret 77 4
Switzerland No. 51 Spirit Of Race 6 4 4 4 1 Ret 70 6

* - Points scored by the Ferrari 458 Italia GT2.

2018 IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship

GT Le Mans Teams Championship

Team DAY SEB LBH MOH WGL MOS LIM ELK VIR LGA ATL Points NAEC Pos.
#62 Risi Competizione 5 5 9 74 19 9th

GT Le Mans Manufacturers Championship

Manufacturer DAY SEB LBH MOH WGL MOS LIM ELK VIR LGA ATL Points NAEC Pos.
Ferrari 5 5 9 84 21 5th

2018-19 FIA World Endurance Championship

World Endurance GTE Manufacturers' Championship

Manufacturer Belgium
SPA
France
LMS
United Kingdom
SIL
Japan
FUJ
China
SHA
United States
SEB
Belgium
SPA
France
LMS
Total

points

Pos.
Italy Ferrari 3 4 1 4 5 4 2 1 194 2nd
11 6 11 10 6 6 6 9

2019 IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship

GT Le Mans Teams Championship

Team DAY SEB LBH MOH WGL MOS LIM ELK VIR LGA ATL Points NAEC Pos.
#62 Risi Competizione 2 1

GT Le Mans Manufacturers Championship

Manufacturer DAY SEB LBH MOH WGL MOS LIM ELK VIR LGA ATL Points NAEC Pos.
Ferrari 2 1

External links

References

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