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Is the 488 Pista the most exciting V8 Ferrari ever?

By Paul Connolly

Ferrari has revealed details of the most ferocious V8 Prancing Horse yet.

The 488 Pista is the company’s latest track-focused special model – and, to emphasise its racing circuit abilities, the word ‘pista’ is Italian for ‘track’.

Ferrari says the 488 Pista is another leap forward in technology, with lots of motorsport tech  being poured in to give it incredibly aggressive ability.

It’s the first model in the series to be turbocharged, and can conquer the 0-62mph sprint in 2.85 seconds, heading on to a top speed of over 211mph.

The 488 Pista, which will be unveiled at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show, is the successor to Ferrari’s V8-engined special series - the 360 Challenge Stradale, 430 Scuderia and 458 Speciale .

Ferrari says the car’s development evolved directly from the company’s involvement in the FIA World Endurance Championship - where it has won five manufacturers’ titles in the GTE class in the six years since the series’ inception, taking 29 out of 50 races - and 25 years’ experience in running the Ferrari Challenge one-make series.

The Pista’s extensive weight saving solutions, along with engine, vehicle dynamics and aerodynamic developments all derive from Ferrari’s racing cars: the 488 GTE and the 488 Challenge.

The manufacturer says the result is a car with an “uncompromising mission: to offer track-like performance on and off the road, even when in the hands of non-professional drivers.”

Compared to the 488 GTB, the new model weighs 90 kg less (1280 kg dry).  Its engine is the most powerful V8 in Ferrari history and is an extreme evolution of the turbo unit that has won the overall International Engine of the Year award titles in both 2016 and 2017.

It punches out 720 cv with the highest specific output of in its class (185 cv/l) and is now lighter too, thanks to solutions adopted from the 488 Challenge, including Inconel exhaust manifolds and lightweight crankshaft and flywheel, but also thanks to additional features, such as titanium con rods and carbon-fibre intake plenums.

The Pista makes full use of Ferrari’s motor-sports experience for maximum aerodynamic performance even on the road, says Ferrari.

The company says the engine sound “is unique and unmistakably Ferrari”.  New tyres have been developed specifically for the car by Michelin.

The car will be launched at upcoming Geneva Motor Show, which will put it in a showdown with the unveiling of the new, track-orientated Porsche 911 GT3 RS.

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