Ferrari 488 Pista images leaked

Kelley Robertson
February 22, 2018

The 0-100 kph time is claimed to be a mind-numbing 2.85 seconds, the 0-200 kph takes 7.6 seconds, and the max speed is said to be in excess of 340 kph. Coupled with the more powerful V8, the new vehicle takes just 2.85 seconds to do the 0-100 km/h sprint, which is 0.15 seconds quicker than the 488 GTB. According to Ferrari, the Pista's development evolved directly from the automaker's involvement in the World Endurance Championship, where it races the 488 GTE.

The only respite we have here is in the form of an official nod to point towards the upcoming auto apart from footage released last week which showed the 458 successor on the track at Ferrari's Maranello base. The auto should be officially unveiled to the public in two weeks time at the Geneva Motor Show 2018. In addition to the hike in power, the Pista has shed 90kg of weight from the not-exactly-porky standard 488, leading to some astonishing performance figures. No, we are not referring to the Indian nickname of Pistachio, rather, the Pista in this context refers to "track" in Italian. The auto weighs 1279kg and going to reduce nearly 100kg in the heft of its weight compared to the standard 488 GTB. Essentially, the 488 Pista is a more lightweight and much more powerful variant of the 488 GTB. To get it ready for the track, Ferrari's engineers managed to remove 198 pounds from the car's weight to bring it down to only 2,822 pounds. Top speed is in excess of 211 miles per hour, Ferrari claims.

An F1-inspired S-Duct which sees air enter under the front spoiler and exit through the bonnet, a diffuser derived straight from the GTE racing programme, and a higher rear spoiler all contribute to a 20 percent increase in downforce over the 488 GTB. 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.

Ferrari 488 Pista GTO leak
A leaked image of the new Ferrari 488 track-spec car rumored to be named “Pista.”

Beneath the vehicle, the underbody vortex generators have been redesigned to work with the new rear diffuser, which again takes a page out of the 488 GTE to increase the extraction and downforce generation.

The track-focused model will have retuned suspension and a re-calibrated version of Ferrari's Slide Slip Control traction management system tailored for track use.

After Stradale, Scuderia and Speciale, meet the Pista, shown here for the first time ahead of an official unveiling at the Geneva Motor Show on March 6. There's a new system called Ferrari Dynamic Enhancer (FDE), which electronically adjust brake pressure.

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