Ferrari is bringing their racing knowhow to the street with its new 488 Pista. Following on from past special editions such as the 360 Challenge Stradale, 430 Scuderia and 458 Speciale, the 488 Pista is a lightweight, stripped down road-rocket that can be used on the track.
Using the lessons learnt in the World Endurance Championship (WEC), this newcomer is a full 90kg lighter than the standard 488 GTB. Indeed, tipping the scales at 1 280kg dry the 488 Pista is also lighter than the new Porsche 911 GT3 RS – its most direct rival. It’s more powerful too. The turbocharged 3.9-litre V8 engine now whacks out 530kW and 770Nm: numbers that guarantee a 0-100km/h sprint time of just 2.85-seconds. Top speed is a claimed 340km/h.
Ferrari has also made some changes to the car’s aerodynamics. Thanks to a longer rear spoiler, new front air ducts and F1-inspired S-duct, the 488 Pista generates 20% more downforce than the standard 488 GTB. – Thomas Falkiner