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Ferrari 488 Pista

Synonymous with power, speed, luxury and wealth, Ferrari is one of the world’s most elite sports car brands. Although the company is valued at around $21 billion, its beginnings were much more humble.

Ferrari dates back to 1947, when founder Enzo Ferrari unveiled its first breed of vehicle in Maranello, Italy – the 125 S. Enzo was passionate about designing and building sports cars, and even created his own Scuderia Ferrari racing team. Even after Enzo’s death in 1988, the brand continued to thrive.

Ferrari parted ways with its parent company, Fiat Chrysler, in 2016, but the brand has continued to evolve. More recently, it unveiled its latest track-focused road car – the highly anticipated Ferrari 488 Pista.

The Pista (meaning track in Italian) has been largely inspired by the 488 GTB and 488 Challenge race models, although it has received a number of tweaks to make it even more powerful than its predecessors.

The Pista has received an aggressive aerodynamic overhaul, putting it in a lane of its own compared to the 488 GTB. At the front, the Pista has been given a huge front splitter and scooped bonnet (similar to the 488 Challenge model), while the prominent diffuser and twin exhausts are standout features at the rear. A range of airflow vents can be found on the body of the vehicle, bolstering its aerodynamic capabilities.

With a twin, turbocharged 3.9-litre V8 engine, inspired by the 488 Challenge race car, the Pista is capable of 711bhp and 770Nm of torque. With statistics like these, this beast can achieve 0-62mph in just 2.85 seconds, with a staggering top speed of 211mph.

Developed in partnership with Ferrari Challenge teams and Ferrari’s World Endurance Championship, its engine makes this the most powerful V8 in Ferrari history, with some arguing that it’s also the most extreme Ferrari road car to date.

Building on an already first-class design of the GTB proved challenging for the team, but with perseverance and ample testing, the Pista’s engine emerged with 50% new components compared to the GTB.

Should the driver feel the need for some speed, tweaks to the 7-speed dual-clutch transmission enable shifts in just 30 milliseconds.

The designers have spent considerable time developing a bespoke exhaust system for the Pista, as well as shedding 91kg off its weight due to the extensive use of lightweight carbon fibre, including on the bumpers, hood, rear spoiler and even the wheels. The new model is considerably lighter than its GTB counterpart, weighing in at just 1,280kg. The Pista boasts a power to weight ratio of 1.92kg per horsepower.

Improved dynamics have also enabled the Pista to enjoy a downforce by 20%. With such an impressive spec and meticulous design, it’s hard to see how Ferrari creators could improve on this model going forward.

If you’re looking to get your hands on the Pista, expect to pay around £215,000.

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