Ferrari have unveiled the 488's big mean brother, the 488 Pista. 'Pista' is Italian for 'Track', so it goes without saying that it's been designed with the intention to be put round a circuit, and from what the Italian supercar manufacturer has said, it should be able to do this pretty damn fast.
The 488 Pista is to the 488, what the 458 Speciale is to the 458, and what the 430 Scuderia is to the 430. It's a leaner, meaner, and faster version - but this time, it's turbocharged.
It uses the same engine as the 488, the 3.9L twin-turbo V8, although it has received a power boost of 50bhp, from 661bhp to 711bhp. Use of lightweight parts has shed 90kg of weight, slimming the new track version of the 488 down to 1280kg. That leaves a power to weight ratio of 555bhp per tonne. Even by track-toy standards, that's almost mind boggling.
Ferrari have told us what we can expect speed wise - 0-62mph in 2.85 seconds, a very impressive launch speed. Past that, the 488 Pista will get from 0-124mph in just 7.6 seconds, 0.7 seconds faster than the original 488. The top speed of the Pista exceeds 211mph according to Ferrari, also topping that of the 488.
But this is the 488 Pista, the 488 Track. Endlessly spewing numbers about the engines performance means nothing if it's not a thrill to put around a circuit - straight line speed should not necessarily be the center of attention.
The aerodynamics of the Pista take influence from the 488 GTE racecar, increasing the downforce of the car by 20%, without there being need for a gargantuan spoiler. This downforce increase, alongside the weight reduction is bound to make this Ferrari stick to the circuit like chewed gum to the underside of the table.
If this doesn't provide enough of a thrill, the 488 Pista makes use of an Inconel exhaust, so the engine should produce bellows like a lion roaring down a vuvuzela.
The car looks fantastic, the aggressive design work on the aerodynamics looks great, and the car that's been designed for the track looks like a car that's been born to race. The 488 has brilliant styling, but this Ferrari 488 Pista takes it to the next level.
If I were to have one though, I'd take it without the stripe.
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