Since its launch, the Ferrari 296 GTB has been somewhat less “buzzing” than the Hybrid supercar SF90 Stradale. As a lower-segment car model, the 296 GTB still carries the DNA of a “new age” supercar with advanced Hybrid technology like its elder brother, the SF90. After exactly half a year of launch, tuning company DMC pioneered the launch of an upgrade called the Ferrari 296 GTB “Squalo” with an output capacity of 888 horsepower, an increase of more than 70 horsepower compared to the original 296 GTB.
DMC’s upgrade process only focuses on fine-tuning the typical V6 engine, without interfering with improving the power of the auxiliary electric motor. DMC has made modifications to the controls for the engine management system through a module developed by DMC itself, thereby helping to change the vehicle’s fuel injection and ignition system. In addition, the vehicle is also equipped with an electronic boost pressure control system that not only helps increase power but also enhances throttle response and acceleration of the vehicle.
Thanks to these tweaks, the V6 engine block of the Ferrari 296 GTB has increased its power level from 653 horsepower to 723 horsepower, allowing the GTB to accelerate from 0 – 100 km/h in just 2.8 seconds. . This power is still combined with a powerful 164 horsepower electric motor, thereby delivering a total output of up to 888 horsepower.
Originally, the car was equipped with a 3.0 liter 6-cylinder 120° turbo engine. This special engine structure helps place the turbocharger neatly within this engine block. Because of this smart design, it has helped to shrink the engine size, lower the vehicle’s center of gravity as well as cut the overall weight of the vehicle, and this V6 engine block alone is capable of producing high levels of power. Impressive output of 654 horsepower. The new Ferrari V6 sets a record with a power-to-capacity ratio of 218 horsepower/liter – an impressive number recorded on a commercially produced car.
To add power to the car, the Ferrari 296 GTB Squalo is equipped with a series of aerodynamic features with details made of innovative forged carbon fiber and designed with advanced software.
The two-piece front spoiler has been redesigned to increase downforce for the car, and the car is also supplemented with a rear wing and large diffuser along with side skirts to improve aerodynamic features. To complete the sporty look of the car, the tuner has equipped the 296 GTB with a set of Pur wheels measuring 21 inches at the front and 22 inches at the rear and painted in an impressive matte black. The car is also equipped with a sports fork system designed specifically for the 296 GTB, helping to lower it about 3.5 cm compared to the original.
In terms of overall design, the 296 GTB inherits many details of the SF90 with some modified details. The car’s front lights are expanded and placed horizontally combined with two small air vents next to the lights. At the rear, the team from Ferrari has completely refreshed the details with a seamless, soft design with the air vent placed in the middle of the rear bumper. The car’s rear spoiler creates up to 360 kg of pressure when the car runs at a speed of 250 km/h. In addition, the car’s engine cover is laid flat, and the two rear pillars of the car are pulled up to the roof of the car, creating an artistic arch shape for the Italian “super horse”. The car’s engine cover is curved with clear glass to reveal the impressive 3.0-liter V6 engine compartment of the Ferrari 296 GTB.
The Ferrari 296 GTB is equipped with an 8-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission similar to the SF90, Roma or Portofino M models. Ferrari also provides the car with a 7.45 kWh battery pack mounted under the car floor and this battery pack has can help the car operate purely on electricity for a distance of about 25 km. With Plug-in Hybrid engine equipment, the vehicle has a dry weight of 1470 kg when equipped with the Assetto Fiorano Package.