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MARANELLO, Italy – The 488 Pista, to be unveiled at the February 2018 Geneva auto show, takes the mantle from the Ferrari’s V8-engined special series – the 360 Challenge Stradale, 430 Scuderia and 458 Speciale, cars noted for their ”performance and undiluted handling”.
Ferrari says the 488 Pista (Italian for ‘track’)* is a significant step forward from previous special series in terms of sporty dynamics and technological carryover from the trace.
”The name,” the automaker says, ”is a direct homage to Ferrari’s unparalleled heritage in motorsport. Its development evolved from six years of World Endurance championship racing in which it won five Manufacturers’ GTE titles with 29 wins from 50 races.”
‘EVEN FOR AMATEURS…’
The Pista’s weight-saving, along with engine, vehicle dynamics and aerodynamic developments, comes from Ferrari race cars: the 488 GTE and the 488 Challenge.
”The result is a car with an uncompromising mission: to offer track-like performance on street and track, even in the hands of amateur drivers.”
”The car is 90kg lighter (1280kg dry) than the the 488 GTB. Combine that with the largest-yet increase in engine power for a special series car (+38kW) and you set in a new benchmark for Ferrari’s V8 sports cars.”
Its 3.9-litre engine is the most powerful V8 in Ferrari history: an extreme evolution of the turbo unit that won the overall International Engine of the Year award title in 2016 and 2017 with.
It punches out 540kW – the highest specific output of in its class – thanks to solutions adopted from the 488 Challenge,
The car’s changes, according to Autocar magazine, include a large front splitter and more prominent rear diffuser. The image of the rear also shows the car’s name – 488 Pista.
* As opposed to the Indian slang word for a pistachio.