The 2024 Ferrari 296 Challenge is the latest track-focused model from Ferrari, debuting in the 2024 Ferrari Challenge racing series.
It is the first Ferrari Challenge model powered by a twin-turbo V6 engine, producing 700 hp from its 2.9L displacement.
The engine was tuned to increase boost pressure by 10% versus the road-going 296 GTB/GTS, resulting in 37 more hp.
Aerodynamic elements like the rear wing and diffusers generate over 870 kg of downforce at 250 km/h, an 18% improvement.
The 296 Challenge uses Pirelli racing tires with enhanced grip and durability, especially in the wider front tires.
Carbon ceramic brakes improve thermal conductivity and durability. The ABS system is tuned for track use.
The roll cage and other safety components meet international racing standards for driver protection.
Ergonomic improvements like redesigned air vents and seats enhance driver comfort and control.
The twin-turbo V6 provides linear power and torque delivery, aided by a new exhaust system.
This new Ferrari racer brings significant advances in performance and technology to the Ferrari Challenge series.
2024 Ferrari 296 Challenge: The New Track-Focused Single-Seater for Ferrari's One-Make Series
The Ferrari 296 Challenge is the latest track-focused model developed by the Italian marque for its one-make racing series. Set to debut in 2024, the mid-engine sports car features a twin-turbo V6 engine and extensive modifications to optimize it for the racetrack.
Engine and Performance
The 296 Challenge is powered by a 3.0L twin-turbo V6 petrol engine that generates 700hp, an increase from the 663hp output in the road-going 296 GTB. This was achieved by removing the hybrid system and tweaking components like the turbos. The engine's specific power output is a record 234hp per liter for a Ferrari.
The car accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 2.9 seconds and has a top speed of over 300 km/h. The engine is paired with a 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox.
Aerodynamics and Handling
The 296 Challenge produces 870kg of downforce at 250 km/h thanks to an aggressive aerodynamic package. This includes a large rear wing, front splitter, redesigned diffusers and vortex generators. The downforce improves high-speed stability and cornering performance.
The carbon ceramic brakes provide tremendous stopping power lap after lap. They are an evolution of the ABS system from the 296 GTB, tuned for track use. The 296 Challenge also runs on specially developed Pirelli tires.
Interior and Safety
The stripped-out cockpit is focused on performance, with features like an adjustable racing seat, quick-access controls and a multifunction steering wheel. Safety is enhanced by the extensive roll cage compliant with racing standards.
There are also options like a passenger seat and trackside communication system. The 296 Challenge meets noise regulations thanks to an additional exhaust silencer.
Ferrari One-Make Racing Series
The 296 Challenge will debut in Ferrari's one-make racing series in 2024, first in the European and North American championships. This gives gentlemen drivers a platform to race Ferrari's latest sports car creation.
The model builds on over 30 years of experience by the Italian marque in organizing such mono-brand championships. It raises the bar in terms of performance, consistency and competitiveness.