Ferrari 488 Pista unleashed with 711bhp

Bill Rogers
February 22, 2018

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 Pista, however, makes a mockery of these outputs and bumps them up to a whopping 530kW and 770Nm, making this the most powerful V8 engine in Prancing Horse history. To match its rival from Britain, the Pista has been subjected to Ferrari's biggest jump yet between standard coupe and special model. Enter the 488 Pista, which is the track-ready version of the 488 GTB.

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.

Going by the example set by the 458 Speciale, the 488 Pista is expected to cost around £30,000 more than a standard 488. Just to clear things up, "Pista" does not mean anything other than "track" in Italian.

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Ferrari has taken the lessons learned with the 488 GTE to tweak the Pista's aerodynamics, with front and rear diffusers, rear spoiler and underbody vortex generators all playing a part to stick the Pista to the ground, delivering 20 per cent more downforce than the 488 in the process. With more power and less weight, Ferrari says the Pista will hit 62 miles per hour in 2.85 seconds and 124 miles per hour in 7.6. It has a top speed over 211 miles per hour.

The specs help the stallion hit 100km/h in a claimed 2.85 seconds before reaching a top speed in excess of 340km/h. The Pista also includes the mysteriously named Ferrari Dynamic Enhancer.

Up front, the hood gets an F1-inspired S-Duct and a white and blue stripe that starts down low between the front diffusers. It features a new Inconel exhaust, and has a design clearly influenced by the 488 GTE race auto, with the same "S-Duct" and sharp-angled front diffuser creating a ramp for airflow for extra downforce. Version 6 of the Side-Slip Angle Control system has been installed, incorporating E-Diff3, F1-Trac and the magnetorheological suspension (SCM). Trick software (including a function that adjusts the pressure of the brake calipers) helps drivers make the most of the Pista's power regardless of their skill level behind the wheel.

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