2018 Ferrari 488 Pista officially detailed

After a leak earlier in the week, the 2018 Ferrari 488 Pista has been officially detailed by the Prancing Horse, with some absolutely staggering numbers to brag about.

Based on the turbocharged 488 GTB, the Pista derives its name from the Italian word for track. It is the stripped-out, track-focused special in the same vein as the 360 Challenge Stradale, 430 Scuderia and the much-celebrated 458 Speciale – the last naturally aspirated V8 Ferrari.

Compared with the 488 GTB, the Pista weighs 90kg less at 1280kg (dry), which is not a whole lot to carry when its 3.9-litre twin-turbo V8 generates a staggering 530kW at 8000rpm and 770Nm at 3000rpm. As a result, the 488 Pista will zoom from 0-100km/h in 2.85 seconds, on its way to 200km/h in 7.6s. The volicità massima is a frightening 340km/h.

The aerodynamic package was optimised from the 488 GTE racing car. As such, there is a Formula-1-inspired S-Duct that directs air from the front intakes up and over the windscreen. Also new are underbody vortex generators with a rear diffuser heavily derived from the 488 GTE race car. 20 per cent extra downforce is yielded from these changes.

The 488 Pista features Ferrari’s Side-Slip Angle Control version 6.0, which brings E-Diff3, F1-Trac, and new Ferrari Dynamic Enhancer (FDE), which electronically adjusts the brake caliper pressures. Tyres developed specifically by Michelin for the car feature, while optional 20-inch carbon fibre rims further reduce unsprung mass. What do you think of Ferrari’s latest supercar?

Mitchell is a contributing journalist and features writer at PerformanceDrive. He has been a passionate petrol-head from a very young age. He is excited by the future of the industry, and considers himself as a bit of a fanatic when it comes to the technical aspects of cars. He is also fascinated by new cars that are popping up in developing markets.

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