Geneva: Ferrari 488 Pista brings Le Mans tech to the street

22 February, 2018, 00:52 | Author: Darrell Baldwin
  • Ferrari 488 Pista

Before the much talked about Geneva in-the-flesh motor show which is scheduled on (March 8- March 18) this year, Ferrari has unveiled its track-ready 488 Pista today for all its track-ready racers.

The auto comes with hefty modification changes that include an updated version of the 488 GTB's 3.9-litre twin-turbo V8 that is expected to make 538kW of power at 8000rpm and 770nm of torque at 3000rpm. To match its rival from Britain, the Pista has been subjected to Ferrari's biggest jump yet between standard coupe and special model.

Inside, the 488 Pista doesn't stray that far from a standard 488 GTB, but follows the grand tradition of keeping things lightweight and motorsport-inspired. Ferrari engineers have also managed to increase the Pista's downforce by 20 per cent when compared to the GTB.

Overall vehicle weight has been reduced by 198 pounds in the right configuration, for a 2,821-pound total dry weight, thanks in part to carbon-fiber bumpers, a carbon-fiber engine cover, and optional carbon-fiber wheels measuring 20 inches in diameter. As for the acceleration, it stands at 0-100 km/h in just 2.85 seconds which is definitely not bad.

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.

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. The engine also boasts the highest specific output in its class, at 182 bhp/litre. The 488 Pista isn't just sleeker, either, it produces 20 percent greater downforce than the GTB, in part courtesy of a Formula 1-style S-duct, which reroutes air from beneath the auto to above. This helps the vehicle sprint from 0-62mph in 2.85sec and go onto a top speed of 211mph - near identical performance figures to that of the Porsche 911 GT2 RS.

The design of the Ferrari 488 Pista is focussed on functional aerodynamic concepts while the cockpit is pared back in keeping with its very sporty vocation. Of course Ferrari's latest electronic go-fast goodies are also included with specially adapted Side-Slip Angle Control systems (SSC), limited slip differentials (E-Diff3) and adjustable magnetorheological dampers (SCM). It uses software to adjust the brake pressure at the calipers, which Ferrari claims will increase handling prowess and let you kick the rear end out a bit better.



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