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ith the suc­cess that was pre­vi­ously set with

amaz­ing 458, there can be no deny­ing that Fer­rari has cre­ated a stun­ning vic­tor that has been used by many pro­fes­sional teams all across the world. To be spe­cific, 2011 was a year for the 458 GT3, as it chocked up one of the high­est vic­to­ries per car in series such as the Le Mans Series, GTE Pro Cat­e­gory, GT3 Cat­e­gory and even the Grand Am Cat­e­gory for North Amer­ica.

With much re­sound­ing suc­cess that teams field­ing the 458 GT3 ex­pe­ri­enced, it was time for Fer­rari to up the ante once more with the 488 GT3, the suc­ces­sor to the al­ready-suc­cess­ful 458 GT3. There are sev­eral key fun­da­men­tal dif­fer­ences be­tween the 458 and 488. No­tably, the en­gine is no longer a nat­u­rally-as­pi­rated 4.5 litre V8 as with the 458, Fer­rari had du­ti­fully re­duced its over­all size to 3.9 litres and tur­bocharged it for good mea­sure. There are also other sig­nif­i­cant dif­fer­ences, such as the gear­box lay­out. No longer is it lon­gi­tu­di­nal, the 488’s gear­box is mounted transver­sally.

Then of course, there is the GT3 vari­ant, a full, no-holds barred spec of the

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