Ferrari has officially revealed the 488 Pista ahead of the car’s public debut at next month’s Geneva motor show.
As the successor to the 360 Challenge Stradale, 430 Scuderia and 458 Speciale, the new model’s engine is the most powerful V8 in Ferrari history and is an evolution of the turbo unit that has won the overall International Engine of the Year award titles in both 2016 and 2017.
The 3.9-litre twin-turbo generates 711 bhp and 568 lb-ft of torque to be precise, enabling the 488 Pista to complete 0-62 mph in 2.85 seconds before hitting a top speed of 211 mph.
Along with the engine, Ferrari says both the car’s weight saving solutions and aerodynamic elements have been derived from racing cars, namely, the 488 GTE and the 488 Challenge; the Italian brand has won five Manufacturers’ titles in the FIA World Endurance Championship’s GTE class in the six years since the series’ inception.
As a result of the car’s development having been evolved from the company’s involvement in motor sports, the 488 Pista achieves a dry weight of 1280 kg, which is 90 kg less than the 488 GTB. Lightweighting measures include the engine cover, bumpers and dolphin-tail rear spoiler all being made of carbon-fibre.
In addition, the rear blown spoiler is higher and longer and the shape has been optimised compared to the version on the 488 GTB. The 488 Pista’s most noticeable aerodynamic element, however, is the F1-inspired S-duct at the front, which visually shorten the car’s nose, creating a floating wing effect.
Although not visible, the car’s underbody vortex generators have also been redesigned, while the rear diffuser incorporates the same double kink as the 488 GTE to increase the air extraction and downforce generation compared to a traditional diffuser.
The final result of all the above interventions is a claimed 20% increase in downforce.