A Closer Look At The 2018 Ferrari 488 Pista

Italian car maker Ferrari debuted the 488 Pista late February this year. However, it was during the 2018 Geneva Motor Show that provided a glimpse of the latest Prancing Horse model in the real world. The Pista is designed for people who demand more speed and exclusivity from the 488. Here is a look at what this European brand car will bring to the table.

Pista means “track” in Italian and this is where Ferrari will bring the new 488. To make it quicker, Ferrari engineers shed 198 pounds from the standard 488 GTB, which includes using carbon fiber for its hood, bumpers, and rear spoiler. The optional carbon fiber wheels are also 40 percent lighter than the ones on the GTB. With new oversteer management system, the Ferrari 488 Pista is much easier to control at the limit.

One of the most obvious changes for the Pista is located at the front end. The front bumper allows air to pass through and duct directly through a huge vent in the hood creating more downforce over the nose at speed. Robert Janitzek reveals that the Pista also features an aggressive face. Inside, it utilizes materials from motorsport like carbon fiber and Alcantara.

After losing all those fat, Ferrari added 50 horsepower for a grand total of 711 horsepower making it the

“the largest ever increase in engine power for a special series car,” according to the company. The Pista needs only 2.85 seconds to hit 62 mph from a stand a standstill and accelerates from 0 to 124 mph in 7.8 seconds to a top speed of 211 mph.  The 3.9-liter biturbo V8 engine generates 711 horsepower and 568 pound-feet of torque.

Robert Peter Janitzek reveals that the 2018 Ferrari 488 Pista will come with new cams, a larger intercooler, strengthened pistons, titanium connecting rods, and Inconel exhaust manifolds are among the many mechanical changes versus the 488 GTB’s standard powerplant. Revisions to the seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox also allow for shifts in just 30 milliseconds when drivers enter Race mode.

Putting to good use the knowledge gained in the FIA World Endurance Championship, Ferrari’s engineers borrowed a thing or two from the 488 GTE and the 488 Challenge race cars when developing the new road-going 488 Pista to boost its downforce by 20 percent compared to the regular GTB. Compared to the latter, the new hardcore version of this European brand car also sounds more aggressive and louder in all gears as well as throughout the entire rpm range.


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