“Ferrari” is by far the most well known car manufacturer in the world. It is an Italian luxury sports car manufacturer based in Maranello, Italy. Founded by “Enzo Ferrari” in 1939 out of “Alfa Romeo’s” race division, the company built its first car in 1940. However Ferrari’s inception as an auto manufacturer was recognized in 1947, when the first Ferrari-badged car was complete. Since then, Ferrari has been building cars that have shocked and wowed the world with their sleek designs and gut wrenching performance. For couple of years however Ferrari has been repeating their technology they used in their cars and manufacturing multiple version of the same car. Their glory days seemed to be behind them, until they launched this…
This is the “Ferrari 488 Pista” with “Pista” meaning “Track” in Italian. This car is the track edition of the Ferrari 488 line-up and is claimed to be one of the most powerful engines ever produced by Ferrari.
The 488 Pista follows the chassis design of the regular 488 with much sharper and more compact lines. This one contains few extra air vents and ducts to allow better air flow around and through the car. Few things it has different from its predecessor are the air vents on the rear fender flares, a massive air vent in the Frunk to allow air to flow over the car to produce downforce, a large carbon fibre diffuser that takes up the entire rear bumper and a beautiful titanium tipped dual exhaust. The interiors are fairly similar to the standard 488 except the 488 Pista has the carbon bucket seats and a lot of carbon fibre inside the car.
The Ferrari 488 Pista has the privilege of being powered by Ferrari’s most powerful 90-degree twin-turbocharged V8 which can produce 721hp and 568 lb-ft of torque and with a dry-weight of just 1280kgs it is capable of doing 0-100 kmph in just 2.8 secs, 0-200 kmph in 7.6 secs and tops out at 340 kmph. The Ferrari 488 Pista makes full use of Ferrari’s motor-sports experience for maximum aerodynamic performance even on the road. Among the racing solutions adopted is the front F1-inspired S-Duct and the design of the front diffusers which feature a ramp angle that was optimised for the 488 GTE to create strong suction for increased downforce. Additionally, the rear blown spoiler is higher and longer and the shape has been optimised. The final result of all these interventions is an impressive 20% increase in downforce compared to the 488 GTB.
Ferrari has always used its racing heritage and all the guidelines left behind by “Enzo Ferrari” himself to manufacture and build car that give the driver an unparalleled driving experience. But lately it seems Ferrari is out of ideas for their cars, we’ll just have to wait and see if Ferrari has any new cars under their sleeve.