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The Ferrari 296 GTB hybrid by Novitec

Highperformance exhaust systems for the world’s most exclusive automobiles are a particular specialty of NOVITEC. Precise exhaust routing, innovative skillful solutions, and materials as well as outstanding build quality are at the very top of the developers’ specifications. This was of course also true for the design of the NOVITEC exhaust system for the 296 GTB hybrid sports car.

The exhaust systems for the V6 are available made from stainless steel or from INCONEL, the hitech alloy also used in Formula 1 racing. To optimize the temperatures in the engine bay, all systems are wrapped in hightemperature insulation. In connection with the INCONEL version, this effect can be further amplified with 999 fine gold plating, which makes the exhaust look as special as it is beside.

To further optimize the exhaust flow, the NOVITEC engineers additionally developed custom turbo inlets and tailormade 100cell metal catalysts. All in all, the NOVITEC modifications to the exhaust side produce an increase in peak power by 28 kW / 38 hp. This is accompanied by a thrilling exhaust note, which the version with actively controlled butterfly valves allows the driver in the cockpit to adjust individually from an electrifying, racy to a fullblooded racing sound.

Various tailpipes with a diameter of 102 millimeters are available to showcase the NOVITEC exhaust system visually. They come with or without carbon embellishments and are optionally available with particularly stylish 999 fine gold plating. NOVITEC also offers a mesh insert for the perfect integration of the exhaust pipes into the rear end, which in addition helps to discharge more heated air from the engine bay.

While the NOVITEC aerodynamicenhancement range of naked carbon components is still under development, various hitech wheels for upgrading the looks are already available. These wheels were developed in cooperation with Vossen, America’s leading manufacturer of cuttingedge forged wheels. The NOVITEC NF 10 wheels are produced from hitech blanks using stateoftheart machining technology. They make perfect use of the available space under the wheel arches of the 296 GTB. For these photos, the variant painted highgloss black with hub covers in a center lock look was selected from a range of 72 colors and various surface finishes.

The NF 10 alloys feature five delicate twin spokes extending all the way to the outermost edge and are some of the lightest wheels of their kind in this kingsized range. The attached photos show the twoseater fitted with a combination of size 9.5Jx21 wheels at the front with 255/30 ZR 21 tires and rims of size 11.5Jx22 with 335/25 R 22 tires on the rear axle. The different diameters on both axles place even greater emphasis on the wedge shape of the Ferrari. The NOVITEC sports springs appropriately lower the vehicle’s ride height by 35 millimeters. This measure has a positive impact not only on the looks but also on the handling thanks to the lowered center of mass. To make it easier to navigate entrances, exits, and ramps in parking garages, a NOVITEC front lift system is available for the 296 GTB as well. It hydraulically raises the nose of the vehicle by about 40 millimeters at the touch of a button.