Ferrari officially unveiled 2018 488 Pista which comes as a successor to the 458 Speciale. The Pista gets a 709bhp engine derived from the 488 Challenge racecar, and will also feature newly revised bodywork working towards maximising downforce and reduce drag. Additionally, the rear blown spoiler is higher and longer and the shape has been optimised, resulting in 20 per cent increase in downforce compared to the 488 GTB.
These improvements are largely thanks to solutions adopted from the 488 Challenge, including Inconel exhaust manifolds, lightweight crankshaft and flywheel, titanium con rods and carbon-fibre intake plenums. That said, it has also given it a more aggressive look with larger intake vents coupled with an aggressive rear diffuser.
Around 200 pounds (91kg) has allegedly been cut, translating to a 2.8-second sprint from 0-100km/h and a top speed of 211mph (340km/h) - a 0.2 and 10km/h improvement over the "regular" 488. That last one uses software to adjust the brake pressure at the calipers.
The company teased the 488 Pista in a video, above, earlier this month.
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Beneath the auto, the underbody vortex generators have been redesigned to work with the new rear diffuser, which again takes a page out of the 488 GTE to increase the extraction and downforce generation.
Two pictures were shared - one of the front and one of the rear. Carbon-fibre wheels are not mentioned in the official Ferrari release but they are expected to come with a $28,000 option. A set of specially-developed Michelin tyres are also part of the package. The vehicle will get the standard carbon-fibre tub for the occupants, and the dashboard.
With the Pista name's literal translation, it's pretty clear Ferrari is aiming this auto directly at track enthusiasts, and probably wants to show the guys in Woking a thing or two in the process. The rumors say Ferrari will launch the auto at the Geneva Motor Show next month.