Ferrari 488 Pista is a specialized track-day weapon

Feb 22, 2018, 00:50
Ferrari 488 Pista is a specialized track-day weapon

Ferrari has already confirmed development of the 488 Special Series and given the brand's penchant for secrecy we might not hear much more until its expected debut at the Geneva motor show next month.

Powering the 488 Pista is the familiar 3.9-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 now tuned to deliver 710 horsepower and 568 pound-feet of torque, up on the 488 GTB's 660 hp and 560 lb-ft.

Ferrari has built the most extreme 488 yet and it's called the Pista.

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These improvements are largely thanks to solutions adopted from the 488 Challenge, including Inconel exhaust manifolds, lightweight crankshaft and flywheel, titanium con rods and carbon-fibre intake plenums. The Pista also gains carbon engine cover, bumpers and rear spoiler while 20-inch carbon-fibre wheel rims are optional - for the first time on a Ferrari. Efforts to reduce weight have played a big part too, and the Pista comes in at 198 pounds less - a total of 2,822 pounds dry - than the 488 GTB.

As you'd expect the 488 Pista is no slouch with it only needing 2.85 seconds to reach 62 miles per hour and 7.6 seconds to reach 124 miles per hour.

According to its maker, the name "Pista" is "a direct homage to Ferrari's unparalleled heritage in motor sports", and translates to "track" from Italian.

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Engineers are believed to have developed a new "race-shift" setting for the seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox and the Slide Slip Control management, which helps the driver manage the car's behaviour as the tyres lose traction, is likely to have been fine-tuned to make the Pista thrilling for expert drivers. The engine also boasts the highest specific output in its class, at 182 bhp/litre. In comparison, the 488 GTB needs 3.0 seconds to hit 62 miles per hour and tops out at 205 miles per hour. Then, the 0-200km/h mark is dismissed in 7.6 seconds, and the supercar's top speed is rated at 330km/h.

Up front, the hood gets an F1-inspired S-Duct and a white and blue stripe that starts down low between the front diffusers.

Driving dynamics of the vehicle have been improved due to the introduction of version 6 of the Side-Slip Angle Control system. Put simply, this new component uses software to adjust the braking pressure at each caliper individually at the limit in order to make the vehicle more predictable under corner braking.

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