- This test car is 90% production ready – and 100% addictive
- Less weight, more downforce and new tyres all aid handling
- Engine is lighter and more responsive
- Sorabjee says it takes the 488 to another level
- Pista feels agile and alert on track but still usable on road
- So extensive are the changes to the engine that it is a considerable 18kg lighter than the 488 GTB’s motor
- Ferrari’s 488 GTE racer helped shape the new 488 Pista
The name says it all and aptly describes what this hardcore variant of the Ferrari 488 is all about.
‘Pista’ is the Italian word for ‘track’ and it’s on a track that the Ferrari 488 Pista has been developed to feel most at home.
And it doesn’t get more at home than Ferrari’s very own Pista di Fiorano in Maranello, which is where I’m spending an afternoon finding out how sharp a track tool the 488 Pista really is.
The Pista follows in the footsteps of its illustrious V8-powered predecessors, such as the 458 Speciale, 430 Scuderia and 360 Stradale, all developed and honed (at Fiorano) to be the finest driving machines of their day. The Pista, no doubt, has big shoes to fill and Ferrari isn’t holding back.