In an exclusive experience for Al-Watan, the 296 GTB defines driving pleasure

Hudhaifa Ibrahim


A V6 engine with a new hybrid structure that can deliver power up to 830 horsepower

The new Ferrari Berlinetta 296 GTB with mid-rear engine

Hybrid system increases the ease of use and driving pleasure in the 296 GTB

The 296 GTB is also available with the Asito Fiorano performance package

Dazzling, impressive and remarkable, these words can describe the Ferrari Berlinetta 296 GTB, the two-seater hybrid car from the Italian manufacturer, and a surprising contrast between the silence when the hybrid engine is running, and the wonderful roar of the engine when the petrol engine is running .

Al-Watan had the opportunity to experience this amazing car, at the invitation of Ferrari Middle East and European cars, as it was a special day, because of the amazing technologies that this car has, high performance and fantastic speed, in addition to being an eye-catching, modern car with everything it carries. word meaning.

At first I did not accept a sports car with a hybrid engine, but the experience proved otherwise, as the car starts at a very high speed, with high horsepower, and the transition from the electric car to the regular engine is smooth passed, and all that proves that you have moved from this engine to the other is the sound of the engine’s roar that everyone standing next to the car can hear.

The car is very stable on turns, even at high speed, and it is also comfortable for sports cars that usually have an awkward sporty character, and its simple luxury interior has reinvented sports interiors in cars.

Technical information about the car confirms its power, in addition to being a very special car even when driving on the street. The Ferrari 296 GTB, a mid-engine berlinetta that completely redefines driving pleasure, guaranteeing the purest sensations and feelings during everyday use and not only when the car is pushed to the limit.

The 296 GTB marks the beginning of a new era for Ferrari with the introduction of a new engine in addition to the acclaimed V8 and V12 engines, a V6 engine producing 663 hp with an electric motor capable of to produce an additional 122 kW (167 hp).

It is the first inline six-cylinder engine to be fitted to a road car with the Prancing Horse badge: it unleashes its massive 830 horsepower to deliver previously unimaginable levels of performance with a unique and innovative bass sound.

The name of the car combines a total displacement of 2,992 liters with the number of cylinders of a Gran Turismo Berlinetta in the best Ferrari style, to emphasize the importance of this new engine in making a big change for the new era in to bring about Maranello. . This new beating heart of the 296 GTB ushers in a new era for the V6 engine, rooted in Ferrari’s rich heritage and undisputed 70 years of motorsport experience. The first Ferrari V6 engine had a 65 degree architecture and was introduced in 1957 in the 1500 cc Dino 156 F2 single seater.

The 296 GTB is the first Ferrari car designed for road use equipped with a V6 turbo engine with a 120 degree angle between cylinder banks and a plug-in electric motor. Ferrari’s engineers designed and engineered the new V6 engine from scratch specifically for this car and it is the first Ferrari engine with turbines located inside the V curve. In addition to delivering significant visual benefits with a lower center of gravity and reduced engine size, this The special structure ensures maximum levels of strength. The result is that the new Ferrari V6 set a new record for power output with 221 hp per liter of displacement.

With an output of 663 hp and a displacement of 221 hp per liter, the 296 GTB’s internal combustion engine achieves a record power output for a commercial car designed for the road. Fundamental to achieving this result was a 120-degree V engine with evenly spaced spark plugs and the positioning of the turbines within the V curve, giving the engine more compactness with optimally distributed masses.

Electric engine

It is Ferrari’s first ever rear-wheel drive exclusive PHEV (Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle) design in which the internal combustion engine is integrated with the rear electric motor producing up to 122 kW (167 hp). This technology is inspired by the Formula 1 cars from which the car also inherits the name MGU-K (engine-engine unit, kinetic). The electric motor is connected to the internal combustion engine via a Transmission Management Actuator (TMA) which allows the two engines to be used together to produce 830 hp, or separated to allow the electric motor to operate alone.

In addition to the V6 turbo engine and eight-speed dual-clutch transmission found in the SF90 Stradale, Ferrari Roma, Portofino M and SF90 Spider, the drivetrain design is based on the position of the electric motor.MGU-K between the engine and the gearbox and on the transmission drive actuator to separate the electric motor from the internal combustion engine and on a high-voltage battery with a capacity of 7.45 kWh and the commutator that controls the electric motors.

The 296 GTB in the mid-engined berlinetta sports car segment stands out thanks to a series of radical and innovative solutions. The turbo is installed between the two cylinder blocks in a position known as “hot-V”. This means that all components important for heat generation are gathered in the upper center area of ​​the engine bay, which in turn provides more efficient heat management for the engine bay itself and for the electrical components. This departure from the methods used in the past is further demonstrated by the aerodynamic options that turned on their heads the concepts of active aerodynamics introduced in Ferrari cars, starting with the 458 Speciale.

In the 296 GTB, an active device is used for the first time, the purpose of which is not to manage traction, but to generate more downforce. The active spoiler, inspired by La Ferrari and integrated into the rear bumper of the 296 GTB, generates a high level of downforce on demand: the equivalent of a maximum of 360 kg at 250 km/h in the high damper setting . High Downforce with the Assetto Fiorano equipment package.

The braking system has been developed based on the Aero calipers first introduced on the SF90 Stradale models, in which the cooling channels are integrated into the caliper shape. This brake cooling concept requires a dedicated duct to properly route the cool intake air through the air intakes in the front bumper through the wheel arches. In the case of the 296 GTB, the air intake is integrated into the design of the headlights through a channel that runs parallel to the body support and supplies cooling air to the brakes.

This allowed the design of the lower section of the car to reach unprecedented levels, increasing the cooling capacity of this section without the need to resort to any active frontal air mechanisms. The distinctive aerodynamic element of the front of the 296 GTB is the ‘tea tray’. The distribution of the radiator assembly on both sides of the car frees up a central area in which the tea tray is placed and is surrounded by a bridge that integrates it perfectly into the geometry and design of the front bumper. This pneumatic device uses a concept commonly applied in single-seater cars: the rear area of ​​the bumper cooperates with the upper part of the tea tray to generate a field of high overpressure that compensates for the downward field of the lower section.

As for the bodywork, the wheelbase is 50mm shorter than the mid-engine Ferrari Berlinetta, which is reflected in the cars agility and dynamics. Other solutions that improve vehicle handling and performance include brake-by-wire, Aero brake calipers, electric power steering, active rear aerodynamics and SCM-Frs dampers.

Engineers paid a lot of attention to reducing weight and ensuring the car’s balance and precision control. The additional weight caused by the hybrid system was compensated by a number of solutions, including the new V6 engine, which weighs twenty kilograms less weighs more than the V8 engine used in previous berlinettas, and extensive use of lightweight materials. The result is a curb weight of just 1,470 kg, which is class-leading in terms of overall weight-to-power ratio at 1.77 kg/hp. Weight was also reduced by equipping the 296 GTB with a single electric motor that drives only the rear wheels. Because the wheelbase is shorter and the complexities are lower compared to four-wheel drive technology, the vehicle’s mass can be kept to a minimum.

As for the basic charging functions, the car includes regenerative braking technology at the rear under normal braking conditions, as well as charging when the anti-lock brakes intervene and excessive braking on the rear axle at ground clearance and charging the battery through the combined management of the internal combustion engine and the electric motor.

The transition between electric and hybrid modes is central to the 296 GTB’s sports car specification, as well as the way the drivetrain manages the available power.

Both play an essential role in the integration of the car’s dynamic functions: for this reason, a selective energy management device (eManettino) is used alongside the traditional manettino.

The eManettino has four modes:

– eDrive: where the normal engine does not work and the drive to the rear wheels is exclusively electric, and with a fully charged battery the car can cover a distance of 25 km at a top speed of 135 km/h.

Hybrid: This is the default mode when the car is started. Power flow is managed most efficiently, and the control logic determines the input of the internal combustion engine. When the engine is running, the car generates its maximum power and performance. Unlike previous systems, in this mode the driver can select the Hybrid Recharge function using a manual switch in the on-screen system menu: the system then charges the battery as if the eManettino is in Qualify mode, but ensures that pure electric drive is available when speed is less than 20 km/h

Performance: The internal combustion engine runs continuously and helps maintain the efficiency of the battery to ensure full power at all times. This mode is best suited for aggressive driving.

Qualify qualification: gives maximum performance but battery recharge is at a lower level.

Outside of design

The design of the 296 GTB was the result of the Ferrari Styling Center’s desire to redefine the identity of the rear-engine two-seater berlinetta by giving it a highly compact line with a new, modern look. Thanks to its short wheelbase and symmetrically sculpted architecture, the 296 GTB is already the most compact berlinetta to come out of the Maranello factory in the last decade. The traditional berlinetta shape with its fastback is discarded in favor of a cabin shape that seems visually nested within a massive volume, due to the effect generated by the combination of the short wheelbase and the combination of elements, such as the muscular sides and the helmet-like windshield. Opposite the helmet are the two prominent vertical vents and a new vertical rear bulkhead. These shapes create a new cabin profile that dominates the overall appearance of the car.

Weight distribution is 40.5% front, 59.5% rear

The maximum engine speed is 8,500 rpm

The total engine capacity is 2,992 cc

The fuel tank capacity is 65 liters

Length 4,565 mm

Width 1.9 58 mm

The width between the two front wheels is 1,665 mm

The width between the two rear wheels is 1,632 mm

Maximum torque is 740 Nm at 6,250 rpm

The curb weight of the car is 1,470 kg.

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