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Ferrari reveals first-ever updates to Le Mans-winning Hypercar

Ferrari has revealed its first efficiency updates for its 499P Le Mans Hypercar forward of this weekend’s Interlagos spherical of the World Endurance Championship.

The Scuderia has launched into a redesign of the brake cooling ducts, aimed toward bettering cooling effectivity, and made some minor aerodynamic modifications as a part of the primary bundle of upgrades for the reason that automotive made its debut final season.

Ferdinando Cannizzo, Head of Endurance Race Automobiles, explains that Ferrari doesn’t anticipate it’ll lead to improved lap occasions for the 499P that gained the Le Mans 24 Hours final month, however will enable for “larger versatility and simpler adaptation of the automotive on circuits the place braking efficiency is extra demanding and decisive”.

“Regardless of the automotive’s glorious efficiency within the 2023 season, we skilled limitations with brake cooling,” he mentioned.

“Subsequently, we outlined and developed a brand new cooling duct design within the wind tunnel and on the observe to alter the circulate distribution and ship larger effectivity.

“The modification impacted the stability of the 499P, which we restored to the specified worth by adjusting different areas of the automotive.

“Particularly, we modified the underbody, adjusted the heights of some ‘gurney flaps’, and launched a ‘flick’ underneath the entrance headlights.

“The improve has allowed us to keep up the 499P’s place throughout the ‘efficiency window’ specified by the technical rules.”

#50 Ferrari AF Corse Ferrari 499P: Antonio Fuoco, Miguel Molina, Nicklas Nielsen

Photograph by: Emanuele Clivati | AG Photograph

Producers are permitted to make use of 5 evo jokers over the lifespan of a LMH or LMDh prototype, and Cannizzo had remarked at Le Mans previous to the marque’s second win on the WEC blue riband with the 449P that it had deliberate to introduce its first “this 12 months or subsequent 12 months”.

Antonio Fuoco, Nicklas Nielsen and Miguel Molina’s victory at Le Mans has lifted them to second within the Hypercar standings, 9 factors behind Penske Porsche Motorsport drivers Andre Lotterer, Kevin Estre and Laurens Vanthoor within the 963 LMDh, whereas Ferrari is similar margin behind Porsche within the Hypercar producers’ classification.

James Calado, Alessandro Pier Guidi and Antonio Giovinazzi are 51 factors again from the PPM crew in sixth.

Ferrari has not examined at Interlagos previous to the observe’s first outing as a part of the WEC calendar since 2014, however has regained the engine energy it misplaced forward of Le Mans with a 1.7% discount in most energy above 250km/h (155mph) within the Steadiness of Efficiency.

The 6 Hours of Sao Paulo assembly will start with first follow at 10.45am native time on Friday.

Oliver Wright
Oliver Wright
Oliver Wright specializes in Formula 1 and cycling. Oliver’s race analyses and feature stories provide readers with detailed insights into these fast-paced sports.


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