Ferrari reveals track-focused 488 Pista

Ferrari reveals track-focused 488 Pista

The increased power output and weight loss means that the 488 Pista shaves 0.2 seconds off the 0-60 sprint (now standing at 2.8 seconds), while the vehicle can now top out at 211 miles per hour (up from 205 mph).

Ferrari hasn't said how much quicker the 488 Pista will be on a track, but considering how much work has gone into improving handling and aerodynamics, expect it to be more of a street-legal race vehicle than a more powerful 488 GTB. All in, these changes generate 20 percent more downforce than the standard 488.

Looking like the pissed-off bigger brother of the 458 Speciale, the new Ferrari 488 special edition will be called the Pista, an Italian word for track. It will be revealed in flesh at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show kicking off on March 6.

Its engine is the most powerful V8 in Ferrari history and is an extreme evolution of the turbo unit that has won the overall International Engine of the Year award titles in both 2016 and 2017.

The name Pista is a nod to its performance as means "track" in Italian.

Ferrari has already confirmed development of the 488 Special Series and given the brand's penchant for secrecy we might not hear much more until its expected debut at the Geneva motor show next month. Top speed? A mere 211 miles per hour (340 km/h).

Ferrari says the 488 Pista weighs just 1,280 kg (dry), which is 90 kg lighter compared to the 488 GTB, with the engine being one of the contributors to the lower figure.

At the back, the 488 Pista is fitted with a large carbon-fibre diffuser, ike that on the firm's GTE endurance racer, to further improve aerodynamic grip and reduce drag.

If the 720S is 1419kg and the 488 GTB is 1475kg, we wouldn't be surprised to see the Pista drop more than 100kg.

Also, the 488 Spider's curvaceous body has been turned into a werewolf's courtesy of new air inlets, front lip, and rear diffuser.

To start with, with Ferrari's extensive experience in the GTE Class, the 488 Pista will be quite the focussed fighter.

Keeping all this power in check will be the latest version of Ferrari's Slideslip Angle Control system, which uses a vast suite of technology including an electronic differential, multi-stage traction control and electronic dampers, to ensure that drivers of varying abilities can still exploit 182bhp per litre.

This system incorporate the following systems: E-Diff3, F1-Trac, the magnetorheological suspension (SCM) and, for the first time ever, the Ferrari Dynamic Enhancer.

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