The new Ferrari 499P re-establishes the historic connection 50 years after its last appearance in the 312 P’s premier endurance class
An electric power unit with a four-wheel drive, twin-turbocharged V6 engine that delivers 500kW of power to the wheels
Ferrari returns to the elite of the World Endurance Championship after 50 years, 499P is the name of the new Le Mans Hypercar With whom Scuderia will face the FIA WEC World Endurance Championship in the elite category from 2023; A name that evokes the history of the Prancing Horse manufacturer.
In the past, prototypes were identified by the letter “P”, often preceded by the engine’s unit displacement number. 499P is no exception. The car is the result of a vision proudly rooted in the past that gave rise to the legend it is today, allowing the company to achieveR22 world titles and a total of 9 victories at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. However, they have their sights on the future, both in terms of technical content and the design that the prototype renders.
The livery in which the 499P will debut at Sebring’s next 1,000 miles A version of the famous 312p color scheme from the 1970s is included to visually underline the historical connection to Ferrari’s previous work 50 years ago. For this reason, one of the endurance cars recorded at Maranello will be decorated with the number 50, while the other will have 51, one of the most successful race numbers in our history. The official line-up of those running with the 499P will be the subject of future communications.
Le Mans Hypercar: Winning DNA
New technical regulations from the FIA (Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile) and ACO (Automobile Club de l’Ouest) for the hypercar category have prompted Ferrari to follow the path of innovation and development to create the Le Mans hypercar. (LMH) which sees the circuit as the ideal terrain for developing state-of-the-art technological solutions that are integrated into its road cars.
The 499P is a manifesto of Ferrari’s commitment to endurance racing. The four wheel drive prototype complies with the technical regulations and requirements of the Le Mans hypercar category With a hybrid engine, delivers a maximum power of 500 kW to the wheels and a minimum weight of not less than 1,030 kg.
To define the 499P, the company has used the vast resources of technical, professional and human excellence that characterize the Maranello brand, entrusting management to the Attività Sportive GT under the direction and technical supervision of Antonello Coletta. ferdinando cannizoHead of department in charge of engineering and development of sports and GT racing cars