The Ferrari 488 Pista, which will be unveiled at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show, marks a significant step forward from the previous special series in terms of both sporty dynamics and for the level of technological carryover from racing. The name is, in fact, a direct homage to Ferrari’s unparalleled heritage in motor sports.
The design of the Ferrari 488 Pista is focussed on functional aerodynamic concepts while the cockpit is pared back in keeping with its very sporty vocation. The Ferrari Design Center, guided by Flavio Manzoni, used innovative elements, such as the aerodynamic SDuct at the front, as an opportunity to visually shorten the car’s nose, creating an original floating wing effect.
The racing livery colour scheme is an integral part of the design of the car and the way it dives into the S-Duct underscores the berlinetta’s compact yet imposing forms. Contrasting edging on the aerodynamic elements on the bumpers and flanks add structure to the design. The concept of the front is echoed in the dolphin-tail rear spoiler which appears suspended to provide an impression lightness and efficiency, while the rear volumes add a sense of power to the tail.
The V8 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 carbonfibre intake plenums.