The dream of many has come true after 50 years: the Ferrari 499P is the first factory-backed prototype to compete in the World Endurance Championship since 1973.
Although in the nineties the 333SP competed in the highest category, it was built by Michelotto and Dallara. The 312 PB was the last official Ferrari prototype and its last appearance was in 1973.
Powering the Ferrari 499P is a 2.9-litre twin-turbo V6. It is from the engine that the car's name comes from; each cylinder displaces 499 cubic centimeters, the P stands for prototype.
But it's the engine architecture that's the only thing these cars share. Both the engine and the attached seven-speed sequential transmission are part of the chassis structure. This is why a unique design was needed for the Ferrari 499P.
The engine alone produces 680 hp and an electric motor adds 268 hp to the front wheels. But class rules limit the car's maximum combined power to the same 680 hp as the MCI.
The Ferrari 499P has already covered more than 7,500 miles in testing. Its official debut will be on March 17, 2023 during the 1000km of Sebring in conjunction with the IMSA 12 Hours of Sebring.
Ferrari he will run two cars in association with AF Corse. A 499P will carry the number 50, celebrating 50 years since its return. The second car with the #51 alludes to the number that has brought many successes in resistance competitions in minor categories.
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