rFactor 2 – Ferrari 488 GTE Available
After Yesterday’s New York E-Prix circuit release, Studio 397 is back with another exciting piece of content for the rFactor 2 racing simulator.
It is safe to say that it is a real milestone for Studio 397 to be able to welcome an officially licensed Ferrari car as part of the rf2 vehicle content. Studio 397 is proud to introduce the Ferrari 488 GTE.
The Ferrari 488 GTE for rFactor 2 is available via the dedicated Steam Store page for €4,99.
The Ferarri 488 GTE is the successor of the Ferrari 458 GTE which is probably the Italian Prancing Horse brand’s most successful race car to date. The Ferrari 488 GTE is powered by a race-prepped F 154CB 3.9-liter Twin GDI-turbocharged V8 engine. The engine puts out 490 horses which are transferred to the rear wheels by a Transversal 6 speed sequential gearbox.
The release of this car is closely related to this year’s rFactor 2 powered Virtual 24 Hours of Le Mans eSports endurance race which will be held on the 13th and 14th of June. This event will feature a 50-car entry consisting of LMP2 and GTE machinery that will be campaigned by 4 driver teams composed of two professional drivers with an FIA international license and a maximum of 2 sim racers.
Entries will include teams from Toyota, Porsche, Ferrari, and Aston Martin. The prototype entrants will all utilize the rF2 Oreca 07 LMP2 car, while the GTE grid will feature the rF2 Ferrari 488 GTE, Porsche 911 RSRs, Aston Martin Racing Vantage GTE, and the older Corvette Racing C7.R.
The real-world Le Mans 24 Hours race is postponement to September due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Ferrari 488 GTE
Studio 397 Quote:
The first Ferrari in rFactor 2 is no doubt a real milestone, it underscores our dedication to the evolution of ‘sim racing’ for those that want the best and most accurate experience. We know you share that same excitement and anticipation, so with that, we very proudly welcome the Ferrari 488 GTE to join the grid.
With the official 24 Hour of Le Mans right around the corner, it is time for us to welcome the newest addition to the grid. With its 4,0-l-V8, the Ferrari 488 GTE will be a true contender for the win in the GTE class.
The Ferrari 488 GTE is Maranello’s choice for the world of endurance racing. Scoring 490 HP on the dyno, the 4-liter V8 engine features a bi-turbo setup to create even power across the entire band of revs. Plenty of power to compete for the top position at the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans.
But power isn’t everything when it comes to the Ferrari, a fully tricked out aero package makes sure that the airflow is helping the 488 GTE to build as much down-force as possible, sending the air across the only 1.160 mm high bodywork right onto the rear wing and below through the diffusor, balanced out with a prominent front splitter, spanning across the entire width of 2.045
The Italian race car produces 650 nm in the GTE configuration while weighing in at 1.260 kg, making it a nimble and high revving option for endurance drivers around the world.
The Ferrari 488 GTE program began in 2016 when the car was entered in the 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship, as well as in the GTLM class in the 2016 IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship. At the 24 hours of Daytona where the 488 made its competitive debut, it made a promising start, taking home a 4th and a 6th in a strong field of GTLM machinery. A further 4th position in Sebring and a first podium with a 3rd place in Long Beach marked a good opening phase to the American program.
Meanwhile, in Europe, the factory outfit was about to start its first World Endurance Championship season with the new 488 platform. In incredible fashion, the Ferrari 488 GTE took home a 1-2 finish at the opening round of the season at Silverstone. An incredible start to the season, that was followed with 2 more wins, 4 more second places, and 4 third places across the two cars entered by Ferrari! This took Ferrari and the 488 GTE to the top of the World Endurance Cup for GT Manufacturers by the end of the season.
In 2017 Ferrari once again scored most points of any manufacturer. Taking home 5 race victories, two of them being a 1-2 finish, and scoring a further 6 podiums marked a very successful season in WEC. Furthermore, Ferrari also took the GT World Endurance Drivers’ Championship in 2017, with James Calado and Alessandro Pier Guidi taking the 488 GTE to 3 wins and 4 podium finishes!
Since the switch to a summer to summer calendar in 2018, the Ferrari 488 GTE added 3 more wins and 4 more podium finishes to its resume. Coming out of the 2017/2018 season, the defending champion went slightly changed into its first shakedown in Fiorano for the 18/19 season, the 488 GTE Evo was born. With just minor details that had been touched, the endurance version of the 488 remains one of the high prospects no matter which grid it enters.
We will be making further physics and Balance-of-Performance updates for the car over the next couple of weeks.
Get this incredible car right now on our Steam Store
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