T2 Motorsports has just acquired a new weapon, the Ferrari 488 GT3 and looks set to tackle the likes of endurance races across the globe
488. Without any road-legal restraints, the 488 GT3 car packs a straight-through exhaust system for a full-bodied V8 chat. Also, the GT3 variant gets a sintered clutch, a six-speed electro-hydraulic gear-shifted sequential gearbox (in transversally-mounted configuration) that can be operated by flappy paddles on the steering wheel. Other mechanical bits include a magnesium gearbox case with an integrated oil tank for the purpose of sustaining under heavy lateral G-loads, as well as a pre-loaded adjustable differential for varying levels of traction, as per the team’s setup.
It also gets a fully stripped interior, devoid of any standard luxury on the typical road-going 488, carbon-fibre interior finish and a plethora of switches and buttons and a single OMP full-bucket seat for race-use. Going further, it gets a Bosch MS6.4 ECU with anti-knock control and traction control, along with engine mapping refined for RON98 fuel, with an external fuelling ports on each side.
There are however, some restrictions for usage in motorsports. Making it stick on the legal side of standing regulations by the FIA for the GT3 category, the 488 GT3, like its competitors, is limited to 600bhp. This is achieved by usage of specific air restrictors. Otherwise, the 488 GT3 weighs in at 1225kg, within FIA GT3 regulations.
That said, the 488 GT3 is still a very fast machine with loads of downforce, thanks to its neatly assembled flat panels underneath, aerodynamic front facade and rear diffuser to help hunker down the Ferrari at high speeds. To add more downforce, a Gt3-type wing is standard to improve rear traction when putting the hammer down at exits. 5-way adjustable dampers also provide varying degrees of footwork setup for different circuit layouts.
This particular 488 GT3 will be fielded by T2 Motorsports, a newly-funded Asian racing team that will be participating in various endurance races, such as the Asian Le Mans Series, Blancpain GT Series Asian Cup, the Gulf 12 Hours and its first task, the Sepang 12 Hours endurance race in Sepang, Malaysia. Its drivers include Gregory Teo and David Tjiptobiantoro, both regulars in various cup races. They will also be joined by two more drivers, Head Coach for Ferrari Challenge Asia Pacific Christian Colombo and Korean actor Jeong Hoon Yeon.