The Evo package maximises the car's aerodynamics and vehicle dynamics, while utilising new Pirelli tyres to guarantee better performance.
Ferrari has developed a kit for the 488 Challenge that increases its overall performance and consistency in race conditions, while also improving its handling for even better feedback and driving pleasure.
Aerodynamic changes deliver a 50% increase in overall downforce against the current 488 Challenge The aim of the Evo package is to maximise aerodynamics and vehicle dynamics. Better performance is guaranteed by higher downforce and new Pirelli tyres, while driving feedback was addressed from the early stages of development using Ferrari's driving simulator, leading to a revision of the aero balance between the axles.
To improve turn in and reduce understeer out of corners, the downforce over the front has been increased.
A collaboration between the technical department and the Ferrari Styling Centre has also resulted in a comprehensive redesign of the front of the car, leading to a 30% increase in aerodynamic efficiency compared to the 488 Challenge.
The 488 Challange Evo's steering wheel now sports integrated paddle shifters The length of the front overhang has been altered to boost overall downforce and optimise the balance, while in the lower part of the front bumper, a large splitter with turning vanes at the ends improves the control and direction of the airflow from the side vents. Below the rear spoiler, a new air vent set in the engine air outlet grille increases downforce. There is also a new nolder on the rear wing that produces an increase in the coefficient of downforce.
The changes to the car have resulted in a 50% increase to overall downforce against the current 488 Challenge.
The 488 Challenge Evo also introduces a first for the Prancing Horse's one-make series - the option to modify the front downforce independently of the rear, so that the driver can alter the balance of the car without having to change the ride height. The driver can select different configurations ranging from high downforce to low downforce before each race, depending on the circuit's characteristics and the weather conditions.
The interior delivers a decidedly racing character New Pirelli tyres - 275/675-19 (front) and 315/705-19 (rear) - have also been introduced.
Taking seven months of development, the new tyre was tested not only in the laboratory, but also on the new car at various European circuits, including Vallelunga, Mugello, Le Castellet and Silverstone. As well as seeking to boost overall performance, these tyres also ensure greater consistency in lap times during a long run session.
The interior features a conceptually different kind of steering wheel, developed from the experience gained with the FXX-K Evo and the 488 GTE, which triumphed at the 24 Hours of Le Mans this year. The steering wheel, with integrated paddle shifters, significantly improves ergonomics so the driver can always keep their hands in an ideal position, bringing advantages in terms of visibility and control of the car's systems.
The new components and improvements introduced with the 488 Challenge Evo are also available as upgrade kits for existing cars.