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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Who would be the best fit to replace Rosberg at Mercedes?

 

In a massive surprise to everyone Nico Rosberg has retired from Formula One just five days after winning his first World Championship, now as he rides off into the sunset and the dust settles in the Mercedes garage we ask who will replace him next season. There are many fine candidates in the F1 paddock at the moment, many of which will jump at the chance to take the championship-winning seat.

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  1. Valteri Bottas

Valteri Bottas has been at Williams for a while now, and whilst his skills and performance have been impressive in the past the sad fact of the matter is he hasn’t had the car under him to get him to a race challenging position. The Fin has been racing with Williams since 2013 and has been a rising star on the track taking many of the spoils from the Mercedes drivers in the 2014 and 2015 seasons. Whilst his star has faded slightly in the 2016 season by an underperforming car his skill are undoubtedly great and would certainly be a great fit for the Mercedes car.

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  1. Max Verstappen

Max certainly has an outside chance of making it to Mercedes next season, his frankly astonishing performance last season is truly impressive getting on the podium seven times and winning his debut race with the Red Bull team after moving up from Toro Rosso after China. Whilst it is unlikely Red Bull would let such a talented driver go his stock is certainly rising and we will almost certainly see him on the podium next season be it in silver or blue.

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  1. Kimi Raikkonen

Kimi has been around a long time in F1 and as time has past he has lost pace and confidence in his team, Ferrari have not given Raikkonen a car that compete with the Mercedes. Despite his huge talent he has failed on numerous occasions to compete at the highest level. Despite this though I feel Raikkonen still has the skill and ability to compete with the best, given the right car and a team he has confidence in could lead to magic and a second world title for the Finnish superstar.

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  1. Daniel Ricciardo

The ever smiling ozzy, the honey badger whatever you want to call him Ricciardo is a great driver and able to compete with the best from Mercedes and Ferrari given the chance. His confidence in Red Bull has certainly wavered particularly this season, but in a Mercedes Riccardo could be the one to knock Hamilton off his perch as top driver in the championship. Ricciardo is one of the fastest drivers on the track and a rising star and almost certainly a future world champion.

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  1. Fernando Alonso

Arguably the best driver since Schumacher Alonso has been going through a torrid time at the moment, the McLaren team have failed him at every turn, resulting in a driver that cannot perform when he wants to and someone who just doesn’t care. Mercedes are certainly intrigued by Alonso and is the current front-runner to take over the seat. If Alonso stays at McLaren this will almost certainly be his last season in Formula One, but if Alonso were at Mercedes they could relight that fire that won Alonso two world championships and encourage him to stay around for the next few years.

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Ferrari LaFerrari Spider Confirmed

 

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The Ferrari LaFerrari is one of the top cars in the world right now and is set to get a little bit better in 2017. In an interview with Automobile, Sergio Marchionne CEO of Ferrari confirmed that the Spider was in development and that potential customers had already been approached. One of these customers is professional Chef and swearing enthusiast Gordon Ramsey, who on the debut episode of Top Gear confirmed he would be getting one, and was able to show off the key given to him by Ferrari.

Ferrari California Roof

Practically nothing is known about the Spider as Ferrari has only just confirmed it themselves, but Autocar magazine speculates that it will have a similar electric folding roof arrangement as both the California and 488 Spider. Another option for the Spider would be a removable targa top similar to Koenigseggs much of the other options for the LaFerrari will likely be the same including the 950BHP V12 hybrid engine.

Mclaren P1

This will also leave Ferrari rivals McLaren as the only company of the big three to not have a convertible version of their hyper car as the Porsche 918 Spyder had a removable roof from launch. While no convertible P1 has been announced it is likely we will see one emerge by the end of the year in concept form at least as McLaren will just be leaving money on the table for the other players to just pick up.

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Ferrari to reveal a new FF at Villa d’Este

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Ferrari are set to debut a new version of the FF at the Villa d’Este concourse event in February. The highly exclusive event is to take place around the beautiful Lake Como in Italy. Last year we saw BMW reveal the hideous M4 CSL so hopefully it’ll be better than that.

Ferrari FF

The Ferrari FF never really took the motoring world by storm despite it being a car I rather liked. the FF featured Ferrari’s first 4 wheel drive system along with it being Ferrari’s first hatchback vehicle. Ferrari aimed at taking on the likes of Range Rover for the first time as a luxury skiing vehicle designed to travel up the alps at high speed in absolute luxery, spoilers it didn’t. the original FF was always to twitchy thanks in part to its 4 wheel drive system which switched off once in fifth gear. The twitchiness also wasn’t helped by the 6.3 litre V12 and 651BHP, far too much for a vehicle designed to take on snowy mountain roads.

Ferrari FF Snow

Recent spy shots of winter testing show slight changes to the exterior with a larger grill helping more air get to the V12 slight changes were made to the lights but, Id expect the 4 wheel drive system to stay the same. Rumours also suggest a power increase from the V12 possibly pumping it up to 670 or even 680BHP. Despite the update I’d still expect the uber rich to stick with their Range Rovers and Porsche Cayennes. The Ferrari FF is to much of a combination car, being a mixture of Super car and usable every day car is very hard to pull off and unless massive changes are made before the unveil the FF will fall flat on its beautifully sculpted face.

Clarkson Controversy What can the BBC do?

I realise I’m a little late to the party here but I thought id just throw my thoughts in. Jeremy Clarkson famed for being the outspoken host of Top Gear has been suspended by the BBC after a ‘fracas’ with producer Oisim Tymon.

Jeremy Clarkson

First of all I think the interesting thing is that Clarkson himself reported the ‘fracas’ himself not Tymon, this we can only hope will work in his favour. Clarkson has always been the outspoken kind of guy but he has said in the past the only person he’s punched is Piers Morgan, for obvious reasons. This brings me on to my next point. Something else must have happened during the day for Clarkson to snap over no hot food. It just doesn’t make sense, a non-violent man punches someone over a steak. I understand the BBC investigation is on going but I just wish we new more of what went on in that hotel.

So what will the BBC do, well the way I see it they have three options, 1 they fire Clarkson and cancel the biggest show on the planet and allow other companies to hire Clarkson. That is like saying I have two feet, I’m going to shoot myself in that foot and then tread on a land mine with the other. The BBC already saw collapsing viewing figures just this week with the cancelling of Top Gear, meaning they would be likely to lose more if it continues this way. Option 2 is they let Clarkson carry on as is and do nothing. This however would result in Tymon suing the BBC and Clarkson for everything they have. Not a nice outcome for anyone except Tymon there. Then we have option 3. This I believe is what they should go for, allow Top Gear to run out the rest of the series as is, then organise one last show in an empty Top Gear studio with Clarkson, Hammond and May all putting forward their favourite moments from the show and celebrating it for the marvel that it is. Then close the show with what everyone has been waiting for the Ferrari LaFerrari, McLaren P1 and the Porsche 918 finally racing on the track, bringing a close to the greatest show on earth with the three greatest cars ever made.

This would allow the fans closure whilst still punishing Clarkson for what he did. A win win for everyone in this situation as I see it.

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“He may be an idiot, but he’s our idiot.”

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The Geneva Motorshow

Apologies for the lateness of this post this is due to the Geneva Motor show last week and I didn’t want to miss anything so I will give you an extra long post now.

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First of all I want to talk about Aston Martin, lately I’ve felt that Aston has been trundling along just fine, the trouble is a lot of their cars are the same they all have the same 6.0 litre V12 although giving slightly different power each time, and their cars look roughly similar to the DB9. Vantage, mini DB9, Vanquish, expensive DB9, One 77, expensive DB9 and of course the DBS is a DB9 sport and with their new car shown of at Geneve we finally have a track day DB9, its called the Vulcan and isn’t road legal. Think of it in the same light as the Ferrari FXX or the Pagani Zonda R.

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Secondly we have the new Koenigsegg Regera a car with monstrous power (1782BHP to be exact) from a hybrid V8 with three electric motors attached. I think we have come to the point when I have to say is that really necessary almost 1800BHP and it only goes 0-62 in 3.2 seconds and up to 250MPH in 20 seconds, the Veyron has already done that and shocked the world when it did, it doesn’t need doing again. Also apparently according to Andreas Petre, Koenigsegg’s director of sales in Asia, Middle East, Africa and Oceana, it wouldn’t be difficult to drive on the road: “It has very sophisticated ESP, traction control, active chassis and aerodynamics. It’s like a very fast Tesla with a beautiful sound.” I doubt that very much so.

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McLaren showed off an update to the 650S already, they call it the 675LT(LT referring to F1 long tail of the past) and its supposed to be a harder faster version of the 650S. It’s said to go 0-62 in 2.9 seconds (see Koenigsegg you’ve already been beaten) with a devil enticing 666BHP from a twin turbo V8. The 675LT is also lighter than the 650S, with a dry weight of 1280KG it weighs 100KG less. Only 500 are set to be sold worldwide for a easily affordable £259,500. (Right where’s my checkbook)

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Porsche showed off the old 911 GT3, sorry the new GT3 (so hard to tell the difference these days) with a 4.0 litre 6 cylinder engine it produces 493BHP. After that its essentially the same old story, fast version of fast car that goes fast blah blah blah.

Geneva 5

Anyway Bentley have brought a nice new Aston Martin shaped car to Geneva in the EXP 10 Speed 6 and I have to say I really don’t like the front end of this car, it looks like that hideous Japanese Mitsuoka Arochi that nobody cared about. The Speed 6 is to go one sale within the next 3 years alongside the Continental GT for £120,000. Bentley says it will be a hybrid, however it is more likely to use the same 4.0 litre V8 used in other Bentleys.

Geneva 6

In other news Morgan revealed another car from their past in the Aero 8, they say its all new however it looks suspiciously like the old Aero 8 right down to the cross eyes. It also uses the same engine a BMW sourced V8 that other Morgan’s used. So it looks as if they have brought a car back from the past, who would’ve expected that from Morgan.

Photos courtesy of Autocar

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Ferrari’s Replacement for the 458 fails to hit the spot with me

488 GTB

Ferrari announced the replacement for the 458 Italia last week the rather underwhelming 488 GTB. But frankly I’m not that impressed by what I’ve seen. The styling hasn’t taken a massive step forward by any means and although it is still a very pretty car I feel it still looks too similar to the 458.

488 Engine

The V8 engine from the 458 has been swapped out for an all-new twin-turbo 3.9 litre V8 pumping out 661BHP with a fairly decent 561l lb-ft of torque this pushes the 488 to 60 in an impressive 3.0 seconds the new engine is teamed with Ferrari’s also new 8-speed dual clutch gearbox.

Another problem with Ferrari’s of late is their tendency to try to save the planet. The new 488 is available with the start stop technology from the California. Whilst this does lower the cars carbon emissions and raises the MPG figure to 25 that’s not what I care about in a super car. I want speed and flamboyance particularly from an Italian car. I don’t blame Ferrari as most companies are trying to cut there carbon emissions you can see that in Fords new GT having a V6 rather than its signature V8 (read my previous article here https://jimoncars.wordpress.com/2015/01/13/ford-what-have-you-done/ )

488 Rear

Whilst the new 488 GTB still looks good and is undoubtedly fast, top speed is rumoured to be 205 MPH, I feel that McLaren’s 650’s and even their new 675 LT outpaces them not only in style but also in technology.

P1 vs LaFerrari vs 918

Who will win this will be the biggest fight of this generation, like the Thriller in Manila but for cars. They all have had millions put into their development and all are competing for the title of King Hyper car but which is best here’s my verdict:

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The Ferrari is easily the most glamorous with its bright Rosso red paint job it can’t be missed but it isn’t a drivers car its one of those cars like the F50 and the Enzo its so epic to look at and to drive feels epic but your always worried you’ll damage it so its kept in a garage with a cover over it never to turn a wheel again. It has the super star quality but its so fragile it’s kept hidden away.

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The Porsche 918 however is the complete opposite. This car is so high-tech it could destroy the universe and rebuild it in under a week beating Gods record. But it doesn’t look quite as good as the other two in its dark grey paint job its subtle and understated. A hyper car needs to be flamboyant and out there and absolutely mental but this car isn’t you just cant imagine it in an exciting way just try and imagine a bright Lambo green one you can’t can you. I don’t want to say its boring, because its not in any sense of the word but its not got that special something that gets me going.

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The McLaren P1 on the other hand is a mixture of the two it has the amazing looks of the Ferrari and the brains of the Porsche but it doesn’t go to far either way. The P1 is amazing to drive but has the feel that you could drive it everyday using clean and friendly electric power. I feel the P1 does hark back to the good old McLaren F1 it’s a massive step forward in motoring engineering just like the F1 was back in the day. The P1 is truly the best of the three and I think its fastest aswell.

5 Companies who turned it around

A lot of car companies are boring dull or just plain crap but some of these companies in recent years have turned it around to create actually really good cars. No Hyundai you are not on the list you were crap and you still are crap.

5. Kia

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Kia was always the crappy little Korean car company that made crap boxes like the Rio. However in recent years Kia have turned it around with great little cars like the new Cee’d and with possibilities of seeing the Stinger GT4 Kia shows great signs of making great cars.

4. Citroen

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Cheap cars for the masses this was the aim behind most of Citroens cars in the past that’s how we ended up with the Saxo and no 17 year olds from Essex putting big wheels and chopping the suspension does not make it a good car. But in recent years with their new DS range Citroen has turned it around making some really cool and interesting cars.

3. Volvo

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Volvo aren’t who you’d expect to make great cars, they make safe boxes for you the kids and the dog. But recently with a couple of really nice concepts shown at motor shows they have the opportunity to make some really great cars.

2. Ferrari

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You might expect that all Ferraris are amazing but you’d be wrong, the F430 looked like it had been hit with a frying pan, and the Enzo was a great drive but it was not a looker and don’t get me started on the California. But recently with cars like the 458, the F12 and the LaFerrari (Still a Stupid name) they are finally making pretty cars that are awesome to drive.

1. Skoda

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Skoda were not a good car company they made horrible cars that fell apart and broke down all the time, but since the new Fabia they turned it around, with cars like the Roomster and the Octavia they finally got a great new premium style rather than being Volkswagen’s shitty cousin.

The Return of the Shooting Brake

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It’s been around twenty years since we’ve seen a successful shooting break. The idea of a good-looking two door car is every mans dream and the fact you can fit a family along with there luggage in these cars is very helpful. The last successful shooting brake was the Reliant Scimitar, “Princess Anne had one of those you know”.

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But recently we’ve seen a rise in rumours of a new breed of shooting brake, the Ferrari FF started everything off personally I am a massive fan of the FF. A V12 Ferrari that you can take the kids in is awesome, many people don’t like the FF because its not a ‘real Ferrari’ these people are idiots if car companies are going to be successful they need to evolve.

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After the FF was released Aston Martin showed off a shooting brake of the new Rapide sadly it was just a rendering and won’t be put into production this is a problem with most of the shooting brakes, a lot of shooting brakes are merely custom cars such as the Rinspeed 911 (technically a pickup) this was the case with the recent Jaguar F-type shooting brake merely a rendering from a custom car builder.

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I think in the next ten years we will see more and more shooting brakes as every one of the shooting brakes I’ve mentioned have received massive interest from car fans and potential buyers, which could encourage manufacturers to finally bring back the shooting brake.