Ferrari 488 Pista debuts ahead of Geneva Motor Show

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Before the much talked about Geneva in-the-flesh motor show which is scheduled on (March 8- March 18) this year, Ferrari has unveiled its track-ready 488 Pista today for all its track-ready racers.

With the objective of offering track-like performance both on and off the road, hence the Pista moniker (track in Italian), the new Ferrari is fitted with a 3.9-litre twin-turbocharged V8 that has been tuned to deliver 711hp and produce a max speed of over 340 km/h. Enter the 488 Pista, which is the track-ready version of the 488 GTB. It's lighter than the original road car's V8 too, with titanium connecting rods and a lightweight crankshaft direct from the race cars.

Ferrari has cut a total of 90kg from the weight of the standard 488 to enhance the 488 Pista's handling and improved its aerodynamic efficiency with F1-influenced changes to the car's front and rear diffusers, undertray and air intakes. That equates to 50 more horsepower and 7 more lb-ft. over the 488 GTB. With more power and less weight, Ferrari says the Pista will hit 62 miles per hour in 2.85 seconds and 124 miles per hour in 7.6.

This advanced engine and super motor will have a speed of 100km/h in just 2.85 seconds, while blows by 200km/h in 7.6 seconds. Pista is Italian for race track which means that the Ferrari 488 Pista should be a delight on the tracks.

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It will push onward to a top speed of 211 miles per hour, six greater than the standard 488 GTB, because of both its increased power and reduced drag.

Aside from losing weight, Ferrari also chose to pump up the power. That's also rumoured to be the new 488's power figure, though we'll wait to see what Ferrari says on that account.

Details from an internal presentation suggest the auto generates 20% more downforce than a standard 488, helping pin it to the road at high speed. The F1-inspired S-Duct at the front helps with downforce, as do the new front diffusers which come in at a new angle. A blown rear spoiler with a "suspended" appearance has been reshaped and made longer and higher for increased performance. Of course Ferrari's latest electronic go-fast goodies are also included with specially adapted Side-Slip Angle Control systems (SSC), limited slip differentials (E-Diff3) and adjustable magnetorheological dampers (SCM). This is the first application of FDE, a system which automatically adjusts brake pressure on the calipers.

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