The Ferrari 488 Pista is the 458 Speciale's successor, and though the Speciale was one hell of a car, it was out of puff when it's put against other rivals like the Huracan Performante. So the Pista has a lot in hand, but can stand up to other cars of its segment?
The 488's turbocharged engine replaces the sweet sounding, high revving naturally aspirated 4.5 litre V8. It may not sound as good, but turbocharging has surely been enough to up Ferrari's game. The new 3.9 litre twin-turbocharged engine now produces a whooping 710 bhp and 568lb ft of torque. The Pista's redesigned body makes 20% more downforce than the regular 488 GTB and they've managed to increase the downforce without a substantial increase in drag. Along with the increase in downforce is a 40 kg loss in weight.
What's Beyond the Numbers
This light-weight Ferrari's numbers are impressive enough to convince us that it may be just as fast as the competition, but Ferrari went the extra-mile. Underneath, the Pista features active aero flaps and ducts that alter the car's aerodynamic behavior for optimized performance. The car also features a few bits that were inspired from the Ferrari 488 challenge and GTE cars.
That's all well and good, but how does that translate into track time? Well, the Motorsport Magazine took the car for a spin around the Magny Cours GP circuit and here are the results:
The speed of the car is just staggering and I have to say that was way better that expected. I thought the 911 GT2 RS would be too much for the Pista, but I'm really impressed.