With competition set to heat up in the FIA WEC GTE Pro classes, Ferrari is evaluating introducing an improved Evolution package for the 488 GTE.
According to Sportscar365, GTE regulations allow a manufacturer to submit an upgrade kit design for approval within three years of the car’s racing debut. Ferrari, along with Ford, have apparently expressed interest in introducing improvements to the 488 GTE and GT, but both have steered clear of confirming such a scenario.
“It’s logical people could come to the assumption that we might do an evo kit,” Ford GT racing program manager George Howard-Chappell told Sportscar365 in an interview. “We might, but there’s no confirmation or otherwise what we’re doing or if we’ll even do it.”
Chappell added that a Ford GT Evo or another evolved entry such as the 488 could have a dramatically different exterior design and still fall within FIA regulations. The same GTE Pro rules will apply to the Evo cars, however the manufacturers will enjoy a good degree of freedom in regards to design.
“A manufacturer could say they want to change the look of their car fairly significantly and still be within the regs,” explained Chappell.“It might look quite differently. You can have a very different-looking diffuser and front facia, all within the regs. That would be an evo package that would change the look of the car.”
The most recent iteration of the 488 in racecar form is the new-for-2017 488 Challenge car, which features FXX K-like thin headlamps, a rear diffuser similar to that used on the 488 GTE, a large rear wing, a new front fascia and a triple-vented hood. We could see a 488 GTE Evo adopting similar cosmetic looks, though GTE Pro regulations would require a much more aggressive aerodynamic setup.