2019 FERRARI 488 PISTA CONTINUES TESTING AT THE NÜRBURGRING
This time I have filmed the 2019 Ferrari 488 Pista being tested at the Nürburgring during Industry Pool.
Last year I already filmed a test mule for the 488 Pista when it was testing at the Nordschleife: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L_qUDT8EuHw
Last month (March) Ferrari revealed the 488 Pista to the public at the Geneva Motorshow. But before they do the deliveries to the lucky buyers, they need to do some final testings.
How to follow up the family tree of go-faster V8s if you’re Ferrari? With this: the new 2018 Ferrari 488 Pista. It’s the range-topper for its junior supercar range and continues the bloodline from the 360 Challenge Stradale, 430 Scuderia and 458 Speciale.
As you'd expect, the new Ferrari 488 owes much of its upgraded performance to the company's motorsport know-how; it makes great play of its five manufacturer titles, 29 race wins and 25 years of one-make racing all lending a hand in the creation of the 488 Pista. From the 488 GTE to the 488 Challenge, the Pista has a rich DNA of racing heritage.
So what exactly makes the Pista the ultimate 488? The formula should be relatively understood by now. Like those earlier racing-inspired specials, the new maximum 488 follows a well-trodden path: the new Pista adds more power, less weight and a whole host of go-faster tuning to justify the extra price.
Ferrari has managed to squeeze an extra 50 horsepower extra from the V8, raising power to 710bhp – the same as the McLaren 720S flagship. Funny that. Thank turbocharging for the frankly mind-boggling 185hp-per-litre specific output.
The 488 Pista is lighter than the GTB base car, too, with a lightweight crankshaft and flywheel, titantium conrods and carbonfibre intake plenums all helping a modest reduction in kerbweight. In fact, the whole car's been on the Maranello Diet, shedding 90kg from its kerbweight.
Ferrari quotes a 1280kg dry kerbweight, when the car is drained of all fluids.
We'd argue the 488 Pista has to be one of the best-looking Ferraris made in recent years, and pretty much every surface on the new car has been designed to force it into the tarmac. The front end has a new diffuser inspired by the 488 GTE's, while the rear diffuser also benefits from development of the GTE racing car.
The underside of the 488 Pista features redesigned vortex generators, and there's even an F1-inspired S-duct – designed to tidy up airflow over the top surface of the car – at the front. Not only does it help the car aerodynamically, but it also gives the car the impression of a floating front wing. The result of all this extreme bodywork? When combined with a modified rear blown spoiler, the 488 Pista features 20% more downforce than a regular or cooking GTB.
The full Ferrari 488 Pista specs are as follows:
Engine 3902cc twin-turbo V8
Power 710bhp @ 8000rpm
Torque 568lb ft @ 3000rpm
Dry weight 1280kg
0-124mph 7.6 sec
Top speed 'Over 211mph'
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