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rF2 | Ferrari 488 GTE DLC Released!

Studio 397 have dropped their second piece of new content within 48 hours, as the very first Ferrari to officially join the simulation has been introduced as a new DLC offering.

rFactor 2 has always been a racing simulation with a focus on GT and endurance racing, and despite the many impressive GT3 and GTE style machines already available within the title, the lack of content from the Prancing Horse has always been a bit of a hole within the roster of cars - but not anymore!

As of this morning, Studio 397 have released the excellent Ferrari 488 GTE - available from the Steam Store for around £4.48.


From the release notes:

The first Ferrari in rFactor 2 is no doubt a real milestone, it underscores our dedication to the evolution of ‘simracing’ 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 litre 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

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The Italian race car produces 650 nm in the GTE configuration while weighting 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 it’s 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 it’s resume. Coming out of the 2017/2018 season, the defending champion went slightly changed into it´s 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.


Original Source: Studio 397

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Trebor901

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Will buy it eventually. Hoping that Le Mans pack comes to fruition that they mentioned
 

Andrew Harper

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I may have missed something but does that mean with the Detroit from URD, RF2 has a full GTE "set"

Detroit (Ford GTE)
Ferrari 488 GTE
BMW M8 GTE
Aston Martin Vantage GTE
Porsche 911 RSR
Corvette (although admittedly not the newest one)

That's pretty impressive in fairness. The new car looks awesome and nice detail. :)

The Oreca 07 is pretty good too and I race it all the time.

I'm not too bothered about the hybrid simulation but it's a shame that the whole LMP1 project by URD has now stopped (or so it seems), if I had the technical knowledge I would do it myself and update them to the latest shaders, etc. I think the tyre model is different as well now though. Not necessarily to race all the time but it's also great to have them on a grid when you are racing AI.
 
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manc0ntr0

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I may have missed something but does that mean with the Detroit from URD, RF2 has a full GTE "set"

Detroit (Ford GTE)
Ferrari 488 GTE
BMW M8 GTE
Aston Martin Vantage GTE
Porsche 911 RSR

That's pretty impressive in fairness. The new car looks awesome and nice detail. :)

The Oreca 07 is pretty good too and I race it all the time.

I'm not too bothered about the hybrid simulation but it's a shame that the whole LMP1 project by URD has now stopped (or so it seems), if I had the technical knowledge I would do it myself and update them to the latest shaders, etc. I think the tyre model is different as well now though. Not necessarily to race all the time but it's also great to have them on a grid when you are racing AI.
I think you missed the Porsche and the Chevy
 

Andrew Harper

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I think you missed the Porsche and the Chevy
lol, yeah I was racking my brains as I typed it to make sure I didn't miss any (thanks for the reminder), remembered the Porsche, even so it's a good selection :)

I'm afraid I don't drive the GT cars much I tend to prefer the prototypes but even so this collection should keep the endurance fans happy.
 

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