It seems that ‘leaking’ isn’t confined to politics: this week the press leaked news about the Ferrari Pista supercar, scheduled to make its debut at 2018 Geneva International Motor Show in March.
In response to the leaked details, Ferrari decided that they might has well go official and the next day issued a press release providing details about the new supercar, which is “a hardcore version of the 488 GTB”, according to Motor Authority.
The secret of the Ferrari Pista is in its name: ‘pista’ is Italian for ‘track’ and that is where this new model will be most at home, although, we do mean racing track, not dirt track. The 488 Pista is powered by 3.9-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 now tuned to deliver 710 horsepower, which is considerably more than the 488 GTB’s 660 horsepower. As Motor Authority points out though, the Pista’s stats match those of the McLaren 720S.
It’s not only the McLaren’s power that Ferrari has matched. Thanks to nifty weight-saving mods, the 488 Pista’s dry weight comes in at 2,821 pounds, down on the 3,020 pounds of the 488 GTB. This is quite an achievemnt considering that the Ferrari Pista is made of aluminium, whilst the McLaren is made of carbon fibre.
All this “more power and less weight” means that the new Ferrari supercar can go from 0 to 62 mph/100 kmh in 2.8 seconds and it has a top speed of 211 mph, giving it an advantage over the 205 mph top speed of the 488 GTB.
As for its performance on the track, the reports issued suggest that its is “shockingly good,” with lap times around the Fiorano test track apparently faster than the brand’s last hypercar, the LaFerrari, which needed 1:19.70. According to Ferrari, the Pista’s development evolved directly from the automaker’s involvement in the World Endurance Championship, where it races the 488 GTE.
The secret of this success is the improved downforce in the Ferrari Pista. This has been increased by 20 percent over the 488 GTB, and it has more F1 racing solutions on board as well, such as an S-duct and the shape of the front diffusers that create a strong suction to in crease the downforce.
However, we won’t really know everything there is to know about the Ferrari Pista until it makes a physical appearance at Geneva Motor Show.