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Whenever Ferrari launch a new model, it's guaranteed to be something special. Their latest offering isn't just any Ferrari though, it's their latest road legal track-focused version to be blessed with their incredible motorsport heritage.

The Ferrari 488 Pista is a lightweight, hardcore performance version of the Ferrari 488 GTB. Pista, which is Italian for track, is the successor to previous special Ferrari models which include the 360 Challenge Stradale, F430 Scuderia and 458 Speciale.

With such a successful history in motorsport, the Ferrari 488 takes its weight saving, dynamics and aerodynamics from Ferrari's 488 racing cars; the 488 Challenge and 488 GTE.

Ferrari 488 Pista front view

Performance

Tipping the scales 90kg lighter than the Ferrari 488 GTB, the lightweight body is complemented by the most powerful V8 engine in Ferrari's history - a turbocharged 3.9-litre unit pushing out 711bhp. It will hit 62mph in just 2.85 seconds and go onto a top speed of over 211mph.

Weight is saved elsewhere via the use of Inconel exhaust manifolds along with a lightweight crankshaft and flywheel. Carbon fibre intake plenums and titanium con rods are both strong and lightweight too, again decreasing the overall weight.

Ferrari have also enhanced their Side-Slip Angle Control feature. This includes E-Diff3, F-Trac and the magnetorheological suspension. It also makes use of incredible Ferrari technology which has been used to enhance cornering by adjusting brake pressure on the calipers. Called Ferrari Dynamic Enhancer, it is the first time it has been used on a car.

Exterior

With Ferrari's motorsport success known globally, the Pista makes use of its impressive motorsport knowledge, using a F1-inspired S-Duct along with the front diffusers which include a ramp angle that generates enhanced suction to increase downforce by 20 percent, perfect for destroying lap times.

At the rear of the car, the Pista uses a diffuser inspired by its racing sibling, the 488 GTE race car. Optional stripes are similar to the car's predecessors, but these are optional and the car can be specified with 20-inch carbon wheels too. Tyres especially made my Michelin also appear on the Pista.

Carbon fibre is also used for the front and rear bumpers, along with the engine cover too.

Ferrari 488 Pista front view

Ferrari 488 Pista front view

Ferrari 488 Pista front view

Interior

Jump inside the 488 Pista and it is very much like sitting in the cockpit of a more luxurious racing car. Not too much though, as they would go against what this car stands for. Therefore, you get Ferrari bucket seats with four-point seatbelts and no carpets. It's by no means scarce though, and is finished using a premium selection of materials that give the Pista a perfect race car for the road ambience.

The Ferrari 488 Pista will make its public debut at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show.

Ferrari 488 Pista front view

Ferrari 488 Pista front view