Ferrari 488 Pista announced

Leigh Mccormick
February 22, 2018

The 2018 Ferrari 488 Pista makes its official debut at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show next month. It weighs 90 kilos less than the boggo 488 GTB, offers about a 20 per cent increase in downforce, and has the most powerful V8 in the Italian carmaker's history. To match its rival from Britain, the Pista has been subjected to Ferrari's biggest jump yet between standard coupe and special model. Combined with a power boost of 50 hp the Pista puts out a total figure of 720 hp from it's 3.9 litre V8 engine.

Engineering tricks include Inconel exhaust manifolds, a lightweight flat-plane crankshaft, lighter flywheel, titanium con rods, carbon fibre intake plenums, faster turbocharger response and quicker shift times.

For the people not in the know, Ferrari also runs specialized one-make series of its own and that has helped gain massive advantages in aerodynamics. The 488 Pista has a dry weight of 2,821 pounds, which is roughly a 200-pound savings over the 488 GTB (thanks in part to carbon fiber body panels).

Pista being Italian for the word "track", it is easy to see why Ferrari has chosen the name to grace the vehicle. The run from 0-62 miles per hour (100 km/h) can be achieved in as little as 2.85 seconds while the run from 0-124 miles per hour (200 km/h) takes a mere 7.6 seconds. For comparison, the standard 488 GTB needs three seconds to do the 0-62 mph sprint, takes 8.3 seconds until it reaches 124 mph, and tops out at 205 mph. Top speed is in excess of 211 miles per hour, Ferrari claims.

At the back, the 488 Pista is fitted with a large carbon-fibre diffuser, ike that on the firm's GTE endurance racer, to further improve aerodynamic grip and reduce drag.

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Compared to the 488 GTB which it's based on, the Pista saves 90kg for a kerb weight of less than 1.3-tonnes, or to be prices, 1,280kg.

The front F1-inspired S-Duct and the front diffusers serve their function very well.

Beneath the vehicle, the underbody vortex generators have been redesigned to work with the new rear diffuser, which again takes a page out of the 488 GTE to increase the extraction and downforce generation.

A new version of Ferrari's Side-Slip Angle Control system, now up to v6.0, adds the Ferrari Dynamic Enhancer (FDE) into the mix.

It's also the first auto to use FDE, a system that automatically adjusts brake pressure on the calipers.

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