2019 Ferrari 488 Pista
For decades the Geneva Motor Show has actually been an online forum for new Ferrari intros, and the tradition continues with the unveiling of the 488 Pista, another supercar with race worthy qualifications. Supercar is a word that can be used to nearly any new Ferrari, however the 2019 Ferrari 488 Pista is more incredibly than many, a cars that straddles the border between road cars and its World Stamina Championship racer, the 488 GTE, along with the cars that compete in the Ferrari Challenge series.
Street legal but incomparably track capable (” pista” is the Italian word for track) the new 488 is the current in a line of torrid mid-engine 2-seaters: 360 Stradale, 430 Scuderia, and 458 Speciale. Compared to the 488 GTB, its close cousin, the 488 Pista will strike the streets with more power, more aerodynamic downforce, more technology, and less mass.
2019 Ferrari 488 Pista Engine
Sophisticated aerodynamics have far more to do with race track performance than sheer muscle, but horsepower is the most understandable metric of a go-faster package, and the 488 has plenty of it. The 488’s twin-turbo 3.9-liter V8 huffs up 710 horsepower at 8,000 rpm and 568 lb-ft of torque at 3,000 rpm, compared with the same engine in the 488 GTB that’s rated for 661 horse power and 561 lb-ft. Ferrari flatly mentions that the Pista engine is “the most effective V8 in Ferrari history.”
More significant is the power-to-weight element. At 2,822 pounds without fluids (oil, and so on), the Pista is practically 200 pounds lighter than the 488 GTB. What all this adds up to is torrid acceleration. According to Ferrari, the Pista will sprint to 62 mph in 2.9 seconds, to 124 miles per hour in 7.6 and peaks at 211 mph. Heady numbers undoubtedly, and the velocity stats might even be conservative.
2019 Ferrari 488 Pista Exterior
As noted, optimal power isn’t the only element of decreasing lap times. The Pista also represents a considerable gain in terms of aerodynamic performance. Key elements start with the Pista’s dimensions– fractionally lower, nearly an inch larger, and 1.5 inches much shorter than the 488 GTB. The new front bumper adopts a front splitter like that of the GTE race car, the rear fenders are vented to enhance air flow, the rear deck sports a new spoiler, and the nose sports a wide vent straddling the hood between the headlights.
Ferrari calls it the “S-duct,” an idea briefly (and effectively) utilized by the company’s Formula One group a decade previously– briefly, due to the fact that it was disallowed by the FIA the following season. The duct extracts air from the front splitter and directs it over the hood. The sum of the different aero modifies is a skin that’s good for a 20 percent enhancement in downforce, according to Ferrari– not to discuss wicked good looks.
2019 Ferrari 488 Pista Features
Elegance encompasses the Pista’s electronics, which are organized under the heading of Ferrari’s Side Slip Angle Control system (SSC). The sixth-gen system monitors the car’s magnetic dynamic adaptable shocks, electronic limited slip differential, traction control, stability control, and– new in this generation of SSC– the Ferrari Dynamic Enhancer (FDE). FDE software manages the brake calipers, interpreting the motorist’s braking urgency and modifying system pressure to accomplish the wanted degree of stopping power.
2019 Ferrari 488 Pista Price and Release Date
Like other Ferrari intros at the Geneva show, the 488 Pista is expected to become readily available to well-heeled Ferrari buyers by early fall. Prices stays to be seen, however anticipate a sticker label above the pricing of the 488 GTB, which opens at just over $300,000.