The Geneva International Motor show is coming, so the first scoops are revealed. Ferrari presents the 488 Pista, the next descendant in a long line of pure street racers.
Born from Alfa Romeo’s racing department, Ferrari has always been closely connected to motor racing. Grand Prix style of course, but the brand from Maranello has always managed to impress in touring car racing too. Special light weight versions, extra powerful engines and the latest in aerodynamics have been characterizing Ferrari’s ambitions to be the fastest on track and on public roads ever since the early fifties. An ambition that is once again reached to its full extends with the youngest loot on the V8 branch. The Ferrari 488 Pista is a pure racing car destined for the public roads.
Officially the 488 Pista is based on the 488GTBerlinetta, but Ferrari doesn’t do anything to hide that their tenderfoot is closely related to the 488 GTE and 488 Challenge, with whom they have reigned the tracks these last few years. Thoroughbred racing cars that proof the Pista to be true to its name.
No less then 90 kg lighter than the GTB and an increase of 50 hp at the wheels, those are figures you can only reach by basing yourself on track versions. By completely re-inventing the V8 turbo engine that has been chosen engine of the year in both 2016 and 2017. Titanium, carbon fiber, everything is lightweight on the 488 Pista. Not just the bodywork, but suspension, wheels and last but not least, the engine.
Seven hundred and twenty horsepower, I feel obliged to write it full out, just to value it to its rights. Torque sufficient to blow away the largest of critics at every single moment. Suspension and aerodynamics have come straight from Formula One, redesigning the spoilers to increase down force with another 20 percent.
The Ferrari 488 Pista is exactly what you should expect from a Ferrari of this calibre, faster, faster, faster. Over 340 km/h, 0-100 in 2.85 seconds, 0-200 in 7.6 seconds, here at CineCars we aren’t easily impressed by figures, but with a brand like this, a car like this, they are inevitable.
A racing car for the public road, is there a larger contradiction possible? Ferrari did everything humanly possible and far beyond to match the driving qualities of the 488 Pista with the capabilities of us mortal beings. There is no system unused to transfer all this power to the tarmac in the safest possible way. Ferrari uses FDE, Ferrari Dynamic Enhancer, for the first time in history, electronics adjust the individual brake pressure right at each single calliper. It permits Ferrari to offer a racing car like this for use on public roads.
The Ferrari 488 Pista shoots straight into the heart of everyone interested in the latest in state of the art technology. Once again Ferrari outgrows itself, proving once again that dreams are there to come true.
Marc GF Zaan