Ferrari Pista is Street Legal But Barely…
Ferrari is one of the world’s premier automobile manufacturers, especially when it comes to heritage, style, and performance. While each and every Ferrari is a work of art in its own right, some of the brands most celebrated cars are their special edition, track-ready adaptations of their road cars.
In just the past ten years, Ferrari has given us, car enthusiasts, some performance masterpieces, such as the 430 Scuderia and the 458 Speciale. These cars, both modeled upon existing road cars at the time, follow the concept of coupling improvements to power, handling, and aerodynamics, with overall weight reduction, in order to produce a track-ready beast that can be just composed enough to drive on the road. These Ferrari products have set somewhat of a performance standard for the brand in recent years, and with the introduction of the 488 GTB back in 2015, many have been waiting to see what Ferrari would do next.
Unveiled at this year’s Geneva Motor Show, the stunning new Ferrari 488 Pista seems to be a worthy successor to the previously mentioned line of limited edition supercars. The 488 Pista is Ferrari’s hardcore offering based on the existing 488 GTB. The name “Pista” comes from the Italian term for “racetrack”, lending an idea of what Ferrari had in mind while designing the car. The 488 Pista blends Ferrari racing technology with the quality and style of a Ferrari road car in order to create a street-legal vehicle at the pinnacle of performance.
The car boasts a twin turbo 3.9-liter V8 engine that produces 710 horsepower and 567 Ib-ft of torque. This power delivered by the Pista is a significant step up from the 488, and even eclipses the impressive horsepower numbers of its V12 sibling, the F12TDF. Being the most powerful V8 that Ferrari has ever put in one of its road cars, the engine has been often praised and even awarded. Even before being tuned up for the Pista, the engine had received the International Engine of the Year award in both 2016 and 2017, making this year’s iteration a strong favorite to win the award a third time. To induce additional drooling over this piece of machinery, the Pista’s engine works in sync with its electronic systems to maintain exactly 8,000 rpm, resulting in no noticeable turbo lag, allowing the driver access to smooth acceleration and thrust anytime it’s needed.
The technicality of this car is not just limited to its engine though, as the Pista sports an entirely new aerodynamics system at its’ nose. What were previously intercooler vents on the 488 GTB, have now been integrated into Ferrari’s Formula One-inspired “S-Duct” system. As air flows through the nose-mounted vents, it is shot out over the rest of the car on a path that helps generate necessary downforce. Active diffuser flaps along with a redesigned spoiler that includes a channel for air to flow through, add even more downforce to truly keep the car steady at high speeds.
Styling the Pista really is nothing short of a Ferrari fan’s dream, as virtually every aspect of the car can be customized to fit the customer’s desires. Carbon fiber options are available all over the interior and exterior of the car, available in different finishes and even different colors. One of the defining features of the Pista, the stripe running down the middle, is also available in almost any color configuration imaginable. Regardless of individual styling, however, it’s a magnificent car to lay eyes on, with the perfect tinge of ferocity that has always made Ferrari’s special edition offerings stand out among the rest.
As the 488 Pistas start to get delivered later this year, the all-around praise for the car, from the phenomenal engine to the aggressive styling, will be heard even louder. One-part technical achievement and one-part Ferrari racing soul, the Pista is a great representative for Ferrari’s consistency, when it comes to building high-performance road cars that can dominate a racetrack.
By Aidan Weinberger