Ferrari 488 Pista unveiled before Geneva Motor Show debut

Ferrari 488 Pista

Ferrari 488 Pista

Ferrari has taken the covers off its new, track-oriented performance vehicle, due for a public unveiling at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show.

With the 3.9-litre twin-turbo V8 powering the 488 GTB already packing 661hp, expect Pista to be nudging close to the 700hp mark. To match its rival from Britain, the Pista has been subjected to Ferrari's biggest jump yet between standard coupe and special model.

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

These improvements are largely thanks to solutions adopted from the 488 Challenge, including Inconel exhaust manifolds, lightweight crankshaft and flywheel, titanium con rods and carbon-fibre intake plenums. The Pista gets a 709bhp engine derived from the 488 Challenge racecar, and will also feature newly revised bodywork working towards maximising downforce and reduce drag. It also makes the 488 Pista virtually the same weight as McLaren's 720S, which comes in at 2,800 pounds dry, despite the Ferrari using aluminum for its construction and the Macca carbon fiber.

To live up to the Pista name, the aerodynamics also got a full rethink so the new auto now has 20 percent more downforce than the standard 488 GTB. The next 62 miles per hour are cleared in just under five seconds for a 0-124 miles per hour (0-200 km/h) time of 7.6 seconds.

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Ferrari has been as creative as usual with its names - with Pista simply translating as "track". The redesigned front end should give extra downforce and stability (said to be 20 per cent more aerodynamically efficient) while the rear end has had a slight makeover as well.

This allows it to race from 0-62mph in 2.85 seconds, 0-124mph in 7.6 seconds and on to a top speed of 211mph.

The revised bodywork and the addition of a larger rear spoiler helps the 488 Pista generate 20% more downforce than the base vehicle, reports Auto Express. Additionally, the rear blown spoiler is higher and longer.

Among the host of electronics offered in the Ferrari 488 Pista, there is electronic dynamic controls with Side-Slip Angle Control system (SSC 6.0) that incorporates E-Diff3, F1-Trac, the magnetorheological suspension (SCM). This is the first application of FDE, a system which automatically adjusts brake pressure on the calipers.

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