Ferrari has announced a partnership with ORECA for the French company to build and provide after-sales service on the Italian manufacturer’s next GT3 product.
The car, which is set to be based on the Ferrari 296 GTB road vehicle, is being designed at Maranello by a team led by Ferdinando Cannizzo who is the head of GT race car design and development at Ferrari.
The car will then be assembled at ORECA’s facility at Signes, in the grounds of Circuit Paul Ricard, starting next year.
Testing is projected to begin in early 2022 as Ferrari ramps up for the car’s global introduction as the successor to the current 488 GT3 Evo 2020.
“The agreement with ORECA represents an important starting point for the new GT3 project”, said Antonello Coletta, head of Ferrari’s Attivita Sportive department.
“We have very ambitious goals as the car will inherit the legacy of the 488 which represents the most successful model in the history of the Prancing Horse.
“We can count on the competence and preparation of our engineers and on a partner of excellence that has achieved prestigious successes in the endurance world such as ORECA, therefore we look to the future with confidence.”
ORECA replaces long-time Ferrari associate Michelotto as the technical partner for the manufacturer’s GT racing projects.
Its involvement in that department was first reported back in April, but Monday’s announcement marks the first official acknowledgment of the partnership.
“ORECA is thrilled and honored to enter into a partnership with a motorsport legend like Ferrari,” commented ORECA President Hugues de Chaunac.
“I am deeply grateful to the Head of Ferrari GT Sporting Activities, Antonello Coletta, and his team for the trust they are giving us.
“For the first time in its history, ORECA is partnering with Ferrari for such a program, and it is an immense source of pride.
“It is also a huge responsibility relative to Ferrari and its customers as the constructor has always delivered excellence in its racing cars and we must toe that line impeccably.
“It is an exciting challenge that will motivate and energize all of ORECA Technology’s technical teams involved in the program. We intend to offer the breadth of our experience, expertise and ‘racing spirit’ in the service of this new generation of cars.
“Collaborating so closely with Ferrari is, on a personal level, the fulfillment of a dream and the realization for ORECA of a long-term goal to become a global benchmark in the construction of racing cars and the associated customer support.
“I am convinced that ORECA and Ferrari are on the cusp of an outstanding partnership and that we will produce outstanding projects together.”
Ferrari is introducing two new sports car racing products in 2023, with the new GT3 arriving alongside the company’s four-wheel-drive hybrid Le Mans Hypercar.