The Ferrari 488 Pista, presented at the Geneva Motor Show 2018, is the latest special series of Ferrari V8s. That is, an exclusive group of unique performance cars, which includes models such as the Challenge Stradale, the 430 Scuderia and the 458 Speciale. But the similarities stop there. Indeed, with the Ferrari 488 Pista the technicians of the Maranello-based company have taken the concept of special series to an unprecedented level, creating a Ferrari road sports car with more technological transfer from the racing world than any other.
Building on the experience gained from winning five FIA WEC World Championship Constructors' Titles in the GTE category since 2012, and 25 years of experience in the Ferrari Challenge, the end result is an uncompromising car with exceptional road and track behaviour, even when driven by amateur drivers.
The Ferrari 488 Pista weighs 90 kg less than the 488 GTB (with a dry weight of only 1280 kg), and packs an extra 50 hp. This extreme evolution of the V8 turbo Ferrari, has won the 'International Engine of the Year' award for three consecutive years (2016, 2017 and 2018) and was named 'Best of the Best', that is, the best engine of the last 20 years. It can output a maximum power of 720 hp, with a specific power of 185 hp/l. The Ferrari 488 Pista has a top speed of 340 km/h, and goes from 0 to 100 km/h in 2.85 seconds. The sound is unique, with a decidedly sporty tone.
The aerodynamics of the Ferrari 488 Pista take advantage of the experience gained by the Maranello-based company on circuits around the world. We can see this in solutions such as the S-Duct front, know-how acquired in F1, the front diffusers, the adoption of the ramp derived from the 488 GTE, and the rear spoiler. The final result of all this is a 20% increase in download produced by the 488 GTB's body.
The design of the Ferrari 488 Pista has been marked from the very beginning by a total emphasis on driving fun, with high performance typical of super sports cars that can also be used by amateur drivers. This was achieved through a high synergy between the vehicle's mechanical and electronic development, with the sixth version of the Side Slip Control. SSC 6.0 incorporates all the following systems around a common dynamic target: E-Diff3, F1-Trac and SCM and, for the first time ever, the Ferrari Dynamic Enhancer.