Originally touted as the ‘Ferrari 488 Challenge race car for the road’, Ferrari’s latest special series model might just be the most extreme Ferrari road car to date. Ladies and Gentlemen, this is the Ferrari 488 Pista
Successor to the sensational Ferrari 458 Speciale, the all-new 488 Pista builds upon the fantastic Ferrari 488 GTB platform by adding a host of elements that have been tested and honed out on track. Probably the first thing that you’ll notice when looking at the exquisite Ferrari 488 Pista is the aggressive aerodynamic overhaul that significantly differentiates it from the standard 488 GTB. Starting at the front, a new large splitter featuring elements from Ferrari’s Formula One efforts has been teamed with a bonnet that has come almost directly from the 488 Challenge racing car.
Heading down the sides of the 488 Pista, you’ll find various new veins and vents that channel airflow with complete precision, before ultimately ending up at the rear of the vehicle where you’re greeted by a prominent rear diffuser and new integrated rear spoiler.
As you’d expect from a track-focused Ferrari, all of these exterior modifications are not just cosmetic, they instead combine to offer maximum downforce and increased handling ability. The result is a car that offers an increase in downforce of 20% (when compared to the standard 488 GTB) and handling that is unlike anything else that we’ve seen in Ferrari’s V8 special series.
Power comes from a 3.9-litre turbocharged V8 engine that has been directly derived from the engine used in the Ferrari 488 Challenge race car. Producing 711bhp, this incredible power plant grants the 488 Pista the ability to reach 62mph from a standstill in just 2.85 seconds and a top speed of 211mph.
Developed alongside Ferrari’s World Endurance Championship and Ferrari Challenge teams, this fantastic engine is the most powerful production V8 that Ferrari has ever made.
Excitingly, Ferrari have also put a lot of time and effort into the exhaust system that 488 Pista uses. The end result is an entirely bespoke exhaust that has been honed to sound as intense and visceral as the exhaust used on the 488 Challenge race car.
In order to assist the 488 Pista’s astonishing pace, Ferrari have put the 488 through a serious course of weight reduction, ultimately saving a total of 90kg. As you’d imagine, carbon fibre plays a key part in this weight reduction and can even be found to have been used to create the 488 Pista’s wheels – wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres, these are considerably lighter than the wheels used by the standard 488.
We’re sure that you’ll agree when we say that Ferrari’s newest track-focused road car is something quite spectacular and we look forward to seeing the world’s press put it through its paces out on track. What are your thoughts on this all-new Ferrari?