Ferrari 488 Pista Track-Day Supercar Revealed
February 26, 2018
Legendary Italian marque Ferrari has announced its new track-focused 488 Pista special edition.
Squaring up against rivals including the Porsche 911 GT2 RS and Lamborghini Huracan Performante, the hardcore Ferrari is the successor to the Prancing Horse’s V8-engined special series – the 360 Challenge Stradale, 430 Scuderia and 458 Speciale.
Looking not unlike the regular 488 GTB, the Pista has extensive weight-saving solutions and several aerodynamic tweaks in its quest for speed, including a large air intake that has been sculpted into the bonnet, plus a carbon-fibre diffuser at the rear.
The result “is a car with an uncompromising mission: to offer track-like performance on and off the road, even when in the hands of non-professional drivers”.
The car’s development evolved directly from Ferrari’s involvement in the FIA World Endurance Championship – where it has won five manufacturers’ titles in the GTE class, and 25 years’ experience of the Ferrari Challenge one-make series.
Compared to the 488 GTB, the new model weighs an impressive 90kg less which, when combined with the largest ever increase in engine power for a special series car, results in a new benchmark for Ferrari’s V8 sports cars.
Its engine is the most powerful V8 in Ferrari history and is an extreme evolution of the turbo unit that has won the overall International Engine of the Year award titles in both 2016 and 2017.
Engineers have tuned the regular 488’s 3.9-litre twin-turbo V8 to deliver a 50bhp power hike, from 661 to 711bhp.
The 488 Pista will be blisteringly fast too – good for 0-62mph in 2.85sec, 0-124mph in 7.6sec and a top speed of “more than” 211mph.
Written by Luxuria Lifestyle UK’s Gareth Herincx