Ferrari show first images of track-focused 711bhp 488 Pista
The usual Ferrari Special Series recipe: more power, more downforce and less weight. Welcome to the new 488 Pista
Ferrari has released the first official images of its 488 Pista, the most powerful V8-engined car in the marque’s history and successor to the 458 Speciale.
As is now customary with Ferrari, the track-special version of the 488 GTB is both lighter and more powerful than before.
A 90kg weight saving over the GTB drops the Pista’s dry weight to 1280kg. That comes courtesy of new exhaust manifolds, a lightened crankshaft and flywheel, titanium conrods and the use of carbon fibre on the bodywork.
It also receives the largest ever power increase for a special series Ferrari with an additional 50bhp, owing to race-derived turbos, taking the total to 711bhp and 770 Nm of torque.
That makes it the most powerful V8 Ferrari has ever made, and the twin-turbocharged 3.9-litre car also takes the crown of having the highest specific output (bhp per litre) in its class.
As a result, 0-62mph takes just 2.85 seconds, and 0-124mph is accomplished in 7.6 seconds. Flat out, Ferrari quotes a top speed of over 211mph.
Ferrari claims that the Pista’s development has come as a direct result of its 488 GTE challenger in the World Endurance Championship – which has won five manufacturers’ titles in six years, taking 29 out of 50 race wins. In addition, the turbos from the 488 Challenge race car have filtered down.
A Formula 1-inspired S-Duct, which takes air from underneath the car and then exits it over the bodywork to increase downforce, alongside new vortex generations, rear diffuser and blown spoiler all assist in achieving a 20 percent increase in downforce traction over the 488 GTB.
Visually, the car retains its stripe from the 458 Speciale – a theme that has continued with each track day version of the mid-engine V8 Ferraris since the 360 Challenge Stradale. Also, for the first time on a Ferrari are optional 20-inch carbon fibre wheels.
For now, Ferrari has not quoted a price for the Pista and is yet to announce build numbers. AutoClassics will bring you updates as an when Ferrari release further information.
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