The Ferrari 488 (Type F142M) is a mid-engine sports car designed and manufactured by Ferrari in Italy. The automobile replaced the 458, and it was the first mid-engined Ferrari since the F40 to have a turbocharged V8.
The automobile is powered by a 3.9-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine that is less in displacement than the 458’s naturally aspirated engine but produces more power. Top Gear dubbed the 488 GTB “The Supercar of the Year 2015,” and it was selected “Best Driver’s Car” by Motor Trend in 2017.
Introducing The Ferrari 488 Pista
At the Geneva Motor Show on March 6, 2018, Ferrari debuted the 488 Pista (track in Italian). The 488 GTE and 488 Challenge race derivatives impacted the design of the Pista. Many mechanical and external changes have been made to the car to make it more capable than the 488 GTB.
What’s better about it?
The Pista can be equipped with optional 20-inch carbon fiber wheels that save an additional 40% of the weight. To better handle at high speeds, the automobile has a Side-slip Angle Control system with an E-Diff3, F-Trac, and magnetorheological suspension. According to the manufacturer, these improvements allow the 488 Pista to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (0–62 mph) in 2.85 seconds, 0–200 km/h (0–124 mph) in 7.6 seconds, and a top speed of 362 km/h (225 mph).
Due to the use of new camshafts, a larger intercooler, strengthened pistons, titanium connecting rods, and Inconel exhaust manifolds in the engine borrowed from the 488 Challenge, the 3.9-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine now produces 720 PS (530 kW; 710 hp) at 8,000 pm and 770 Nm (568 lb ft) of torque at 3,000 pm.
When drivers activate race mode, changes to the 7-speed dual-clutch transmission enable shifts in 30 milliseconds. The Pista’s front end has the most visible outward alterations. At high speeds, air rushes viaducts in the front bumper and is directed through a huge vent in the hood, creating increased downforce over the nose. The air intake funnels have been relocated from the flanks to the rear spoiler to improve clean airflow and boost performance even more. Underbody diffusers and a rear diffuser shared with the 488 GTE are among the other cosmetic alterations. The car creates 20% more downforce than the 488 GTB in total.
Jeremy Clarkson named the Ferrari 488 Pista his Supercar of the Year for 2019.
The 488’s body has been developed to boost downforce by 50% over the 458 while also lowering aerodynamic drag. A new front double splitter serves two purposes: it increases radiator cooling by driving air into them, as well as guiding air through the underbody vortex generators to create the ground effect without adding unnecessary drag. Without the need for a higher wing, a newly designed rear spoiler (really a slotted flap) built into the rear decklid and bumper boosts downforce.
A wider rear diffuser, controlled by a microprocessor, works to enhance the velocity of air exiting the underbody, lowering air pressure even further. Active aerodynamic changeable flaps, which reduce drag and increase downforce, are also controlled by the microprocessor.
Due to the larger diffuser than the preceding 458, the 488’s dual exhausts must be positioned higher in the rear bumper for clearance. The scalloped side air intakes are split by a central divider and pay homage to those found on the 308 GTB. To reduce aerodynamic drag, increase air pressure behind the car. To cool the intake charge, airflow from the lower intake is directed towards the intercoolers. Even the door handles, dubbed “shark fins,” are fashioned in such a way that they clean and direct air into the massive intakes above the rear wheels, improving airflow.
Flavio Manzoni’s Ferrari 488 was awarded the Red Dot “Best of the Best” honors for Product Design in 2016.
On the 488, improved carbon-ceramic brakes are employed, which are derived from technology used in the LaFerrari and built with new materials that shorten the time it takes to reach the optimum operating temperature. The front disc is 398 mm, while the rear disc measures 360 mm. According to reports, these innovations have reduced stopping distances by 9% over the 458.
For the 488, a new five-spoke alloy wheel measuring 51 cm (20 in) in front and rear was designed. The front tires are 245/35, while the back tires are 305/30.
Performance and Engine
The Ferrari 488 models are powered by a Ferrari F154 V8 engine with a 3,902 cc all-aluminum dry-sump unit. The turbine wheels are composed of low-density TiAl alloy, which is commonly used in jet engines to reduce inertia and tolerate high temperatures within the turbocharger. It is turbocharged with two parallel ball-bearing twin-scroll turbochargers supplied by IHI/Honeywell and two air-to-air intercoolers.
At 8,000 pm, the engine produces 670 PS (493 kW; 661 horsepower) and torque of 760 Nm (561 lb ft). This yields a specific power output of 126.3 kW (171.7 PS; 169.4 hp) per liter and a specific torque output of 194.8 Nm (144 lb ft) per liter, both Ferrari records.
Transmission of the Pista
The 488’s single transmission option is a Getrag-built 7-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox based on the 458’s gearbox.