The New Ferrari 488 Pista: Italian styling, now with stripes

Ferrari 488 Pista 1It’s always tough buying a Ferrari, other than the financial out set there is always the fear that 6 months down the line the prancing horse will announce a faster version of the car you own, and in the process send your resale value through the floor. It happened with the 360, 430, 458 and now it has happened to the 488. Whilst the 488 has been a success overall it has always felt to be in the shadow of the 458 Italia, which changed the game for Ferrari and set them on a new course. Ferrari are hoping the 488 Pista will be the car to come out of the 458’s shadow and yet again change the game in Ferrari’s favour.

Ferrari 488 Pista 2The new Ferrari 488 Pista is essentially a souped up version of the standard 488, coming with a 3.9 litre turbocharged V8 the new 488 Pista produces 711BHP and 770Nm of torque. That power increase of 50BHP means the 0-62 time drops to a staggeringly quick 2.85 seconds. The Ferrari 488 Pista can go on to a top speed of more than 211MPH. The full reveal of the new 488 Pista is set to take place at the Geneva Motor Show next month where the order books will also open.

Ferrari 488 Pista 4The 488 Pista was designed in conjunction with the FIA World Endurance championship, where the Ferrari team have won 5 championships. This has led to Ferrari’s main aim for the 488 Pista, “to offer track-like performance on and off the road, even when in the hands of non-professional drivers”. Along with the power increase the Pista is also 90KG lighter thanks to a number of upgrades taken from the 488 Challenge car that competes in the Ferrari Challenge Series these include lighter Inconel exhaust manifolds, a lightweight crankshaft and flywheel along with titanium con rods and carbon fibre intake plenums.

Ferrari 488 Pista 3Rumours surrounding the follow up to the 488 been swirling for a while now, with many claiming the car would be known as the 488 GTO, taking the name from numerous Ferrari road racing cars. Pista in Italian actually means track and denotes Ferrari’s dedication to building cars that work just as well on the track as they do on the road whilst also hinting at the 488’s true home. Interestingly the 488 Pista shares many of the performance stats with the newly announced McLaren Senna although the price point for the Ferrari is less than a third of the Senna’s costing a measly £215,000 compared to the Senna’s £750,000.

Ferrari 488 Pista 5The interior and exterior of the Ferrari is covered with lashings of carbon fibre and features the now iconic Ferrari special edition stripe featured on many upgraded Ferraris in some form or another. But the new features don’t stop there, the new 488 Pista has a number of aerodynamic upgrades resulting in a 20% increase in downforce. But don’t think Ferrari have forgotten how to have fun in all their motorsports inspired lunacy, the 488 Pista features a new level of its Slideslip angle control system, first seen on the 458 Speciale the system allows an advanced level of stability control similar to that of a ‘drift mode’.

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