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The NOVITEC Sports Package for the Ferrari 488 Pista

Even though the 488 Pista is powered by the most potent V8 the Ferrari engine department has ever developed for being driven on the road, the wish for even more power is inherent in the nature of sports car drivers. The NOVITEC engine experts specialize in making high-performance engines even more powerful. With its twin-turbo forced induction system, the 488 Pista offers the ideal conditions for further enhanced dynamics, which can be added in three levels.

To this end, the company adapts two NOVITEC N-TRONIC control modules to the engine electronics, which provide the engine controls with newly programmed mapping for injection and ignition while increasing the electronic boost pressure limit.

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In order to optimize the power output even further and make the exhaust note even more thrilling at the same time, the installation of a NOVITEC high-performance exhaust system is advisable. The exhaust system comes in different versions with or without electronic sound management by means of actively controlled exhaust flaps. In addition, Pista drivers can choose between versions made from stainless steel or from the especially lightweight INCONEL, the same material also used for exhaust systems in Formula 1 racing. All NOVITEC exhaust systems are fully thermally insulated in order to have a positive effect on the temperature in the engine bay. Also part of the product range are 100-cell sport catalysts, which further optimize the power delivery.

In the most extreme expansion level the turbocharged eight-cylinder with NOVITEC engine tuning puts out 60 kW / 82 hp more than the production engine and also delivers an increase in torque by 128 Nm to now 898 Nm at a low 3,100 rpm. The boost in power to 590 kW / 802 hp at 7,950 rpm of course also benefits the performance on the road: The two-seat sports car does away with zero to 100 km/h in just 2.7 seconds. The top speed is 345 km/h.

However, the fascination of the NOVITEC performance upgrades for the Ferrari 488 Pista lies not only in the optimized acceleration and top speed: Just as fascinating are the even more instant throttle response and the even stronger pulling power on the road.

In the development of the NOVITEC naked-carbon bodywork components for the two-seater, the designers of the refinement specialist focused not only on spectacular looks, but also and above all on aerodynamic efficiency, which was accomplished in wind tunnel testing. The front fascia is extended forward with the NOVITEC spoiler blade, which provides a further reduction in aerodynamic lift at high speeds. A tailor-made molding for the hood rounds off the NOVITEC facelift for the front of the sports car.

The NOVITEC rocker panels are available to give the two-seater an even sportier appearance from the side and channel the airflow at the sides with even more precision. Subtle NOVITEC carbon covers for the side mirrors and the carbon triangles at the windows of the two doors add further sporty touches.

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The rear end is fitted with a spoiler lip to achieve a sophisticated aerodynamic balance. The NOVITEC design package is rounded off with carbon surrounds for the two taillights.

Further NOVITEC hallmark features elaborate down to the last detail are the black side indicators and reflectors as well as the likewise black LED third brake light.

Of course, the tailor-made hi-tech forged wheels also have a decisive effect on the thrilling NOVITEC looks. NOVITEC was able to secure the services of renowned US manufacturer Vossen as a partner for the development and production.

The largest available variant is the NOVITEC NF10 forged rim, which offers a full-blooded racing design with center-lock look. To put even more emphasis on the wedge shape of the mid-engine sports car, the wheels with five double-spokes are mounted on the 488 Pista in a staggered combination of size 9Jx21 rims at the front and size 12Jx22 on the rear axle. NOVITEC chose Pirelli P Zero high-performance tires of sizes 255/30 ZR 21 and 335/25 ZR 22 as the optimal rubber.

The broad range of NOVITEC wheels for the lightweight-construction sports car also includes other exclusive rims in different combinations with diameters of 20, 21 or 22 inches.

Another NOVITEC hi-tech development is the hydraulic suspension system for the Ferrari 488 Pista. It lowers the ride height by about 35 millimeters. What is more: The hydraulic front lift system of the sports car allows raising the front axle by 40 millimeters at the touch of a button in the cockpit. This makes it easier to navigate ramps in parking garages or speed tables in city streets. The front end reverts to its original position at another touch of the button or automatically upon reaching a speed of 80 km/h. The stock damper adjustment of the vehicle is of course fully retained.

NOVITEC also offers individuality in its purest form in the interior. The company upgrades the cockpit with leather and Alcantara in any desired color and with any upholstery design by customer request.

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UNIQUE TAILOR MADE SPECIFICATION FOR THE FERRARI 488 PISTA

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In occasion of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Prancing Horse is launching a unique ‘Piloti Ferrari’ specification for the Ferrari 488 Pista. This special custom creation, the latest from the exclusive Tailor Made programme, was designed to recognise the success of clients who race Ferraris and will make its debut on the eve of the legendary French endurance race at the Circuit de la Sarthe. Inspired by AF Corse’s no. 51 car, with which Alessandro Pier Guidi and James Calado won the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) Drivers’ and Manufacturers’ titles, this special finish for the new Ferrari 488 Pista is available exclusively for customers involved in the company’s motor sports programmes.

The exterior features a new livery with stripes in the colours of the Italian flag recalling the racing version of the 488 GTE, embellished by a laurel celebrating the WEC title, the logo of the championship and the word “PRO” indicating the class the car raced in. The Italian flag livery features again along the car’s flanks which are also adorned with the personal race number each client will be able to add. The version that will be unveiled at Le Mans carries the number 51 used by the world championship drivers. The matte black S-Duct and the natural carbon-fibre ‘dovetail’ suspended rear spoiler and vent surrounds round off the personalisation of the exterior.

The ‘Piloti Ferrari’ 488 Pista will be available in four different colours inspired by the world of racing: Rosso Corsa, Blu Tour De France, Nero Daytona and Argento Nürburgring.

The interior, in black Alcantara®, includes seats upholstered with a special perforated version of the same material that incorporates the Italian flag in the central band of the backrest. The national colours are also clearly visible on the edge of the gearshift paddles and on the floormats which, like the carpeting itself, are made of a special technical fabric. The number that features on the external livery also appears on the base of the steering wheel, while all the carbon-fibre trim parts have a matte finish. The personalisation of the interior is completed by an exclusive identification plate and sill trim in carbon-fibre, the latter with the Tailor Made logo.

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The ‘Piloti Ferrari’ 488 Pista is powered by the latest 720-cv version of the 3.9-litre turbocharged V8 which has been voted best engine in the world for the third consecutive year at the 2018 International Engine of the Year Awards.

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The Ferrari 488 Pista: the synthesis of extreme, track-level power and driving exhilaration for the road

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The Ferrari 488 Pista is powered by the most powerful V8 engine in the Maranello marque’s history and is the company’s special series sports car with the highest level yet of technological transfer from racing. In fact the name, meaning ‘track’ in Italian, was chosen specifically to testify to Ferrari’s unparalleled heritage in motor sports.

Technically, the Ferrari 488 Pista encompasses all of the experience built up on the world’s circuits by the 488 Challenge and the 488 GTE. For over 25 years, Maranello has been organising the most prestigious of all one-make championships, the Ferrari Challenge, in which over 100 drivers split into three continental series do battle at the wheel. Last year saw the introduction of the 488 Challenge, the first model in the series to be equipped with a turbo engine. The Ferrari 488 GTE is instead the car fielded in the FIA World Endurance Championship, the pinnacle of GT racing, where it has won two consecutive GT Manufacturers’ titles and no less than five titles in total since the championship’s inception in 2012. Thanks to wins in both the Pro and Am categories, the 488 GTE has taken no fewer than 35 out of the 50 races run to date.

The new car’s engine adopts numerous solutions from that of the 488 Challenge and its power output has been increased to 720 cv. It is also lighter, thanks to new titanium con-rods and carbon-fibre intake plenums. The inverted radiator cooling system is also derived from the Challenge with the radiators raked rearwards (rather forwards as in the 488 GTB), improving cooling and maintaining optimal performance levels even in high thermal stress situations.

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The car’s aerodynamics are derived from both the 488 GTE and from Formula 1, specifically the S-Duct at its front, the rear spoiler and diffuser profiles which boost efficiency by 20% compared to the 488 GTB. Other solutions have been carried over from the track to shave off further weight, including the lithium battery (from the 488 Challenge) and also the new carbon-fibre wheel rims – a first for Ferrari. The overall result is that the 488 Pista is an impressive 90 kg lighter than the 488 GTB.

As with the three previous special series, the Challenge Stradale, 430 Scuderia and 458 Speciale, this new berlinetta is the perfect marriage of extreme performance and track car-style handling.

The vehicle dynamics were designed for unique driving feedback and to make the car’s full potential available to all drivers, professional or otherwise. Specific vehicle controls were developed with this in mind, first and foremost being a new oversteer management system usable in the manettino’s CT-OFF position and designed to make the car’s performance on the limit easier to reach and control.

A new gear-shift strategy in the RACE position delivers a far more sporty experience, very similar to that of a track car. In other words, the Ferrari 488 Pista offers drivers of all abilities an exceptional and exhilarating experience that normally only a competition car could deliver, setting a whole new benchmark in terms of driving pleasure for the Ferrari range.

The Ferrari 488 Pista’s extreme design is underlined by the optional livery that highlights the aerodynamic innovation of the S-Duct. The car’s lines were developed to underscore its sporty soul and cleverly combine the purity of the 488 GTB with some of the hugely successful racing and functional elements of the 488 GTE and 488 Challenge while staying true to Ferrari’s traditional styling.

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