ORECA has gained the tender to assemble the brand new contender beneath growth on an as-yet-to-be disclosed automotive from Ferrari’s mannequin vary, in addition to to supply after-sales service.
The Paul Ricard-based organisation led by Hugues de Chaunac is taking up from Michelotto, which has constructed Ferrari’s GT3 challengers because the 458 Italia GT3 that began racing in 2011.
Antonello Coletta, Ferrari’s boss of sportscar racing, stated: “The settlement with ORECA is a vital place to begin for the brand new GT3 mission.
“We’ve got some very formidable targets provided that this automotive will observe within the footsteps of the 488, which was probably the most profitable mannequin within the Prancing Horse’s historical past.
“Along with our engineers’ ability and data, we are able to depend on a first-class associate like ORECA, which has achieved high-profile success within the endurance world — because of this, we glance to the longer term with confidence.”
The brand new automotive, which is being developed in-house at Ferrari beneath a staff led by head of GT race automotive design Ferdinando Cannizzio, seems set to be based mostly on the 296 GTB unveiled earlier this yr.
An announcement is predicted early subsequent yr on the mannequin sort forward of the primary assessments of the race automotive.
ORECA at the moment dominates the LMP2 market with its 07 chassis
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A Ferrari spokesman pressured that the take care of ORECA didn’t imply the top of its long-standing relationship with Michelotto Automobili, which is predicated in Padua.
“This isn’t the top of our technical collaboration with Michelotto,” he stated.
“We’ll maintain working with them on the 488 [the existing Ferrari GT3], which isn’t going to vanish from the race tracks, and there will likely be tasks that we are going to announce sooner or later.”
Michelotto has labored with a line of competitors vehicles with Ferrari because the 1980s.
It has performed a key position in each GT2/GTE Ferrari because the 348LM of 1994 after which the factory-sanctioned 458 and 488 GT3 vehicles.
ORECA, which was based by de Chaunac in 1973, has intensive expertise in GT racing.
It was a key associate within the Chrysler’s Dodge Viper GTS-R GT2 programme from 1996 and continued its relationship with the American producer on the Viper Competitors Coup when it was accepted into the GT3 class in 2006.
Its involvement within the prototype ranks is newer; it bought Braveness Competitors in 2007 and has gone on to construct a line of profitable LMP2 contenders, together with the present Gibson-powered 07.