Ferrari 488

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Ferrari 488
Ferrari 488 GTB.jpg
Manufacturer Ferrari
Production 2015–present
Model years 2016–present
Assembly Maranello, Italy
Designer Ferrari Styling Centre under Flavio Manzoni[1]
Body and chassis
Class Sports car (S)
Body style 2-door berlinetta
2-door spider
Layout Longitudinal rear mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive
Engine 3.9 L Ferrari F154CB V8 (twin-turbocharged)[2]
Transmission 7-speed dual clutch
Wheelbase 2,650 mm (104.3 in)[3]
Length 4,568 mm (179.8 in)[3]
Width 1,952 mm (76.9 in)[3]
Height 1,213 mm (47.8 in)[3]
Kerb weight 1,470 kg (3,241 lb)[4]
Predecessor Ferrari 458

The Ferrari 488 (Tipo F142M) is a mid-engined sports car produced by the Italian sports car manufacturer Ferrari, introduced in 2015 to replace the previous 458. The car is an update to the 458 with notable exterior and performance changes.

The car is powered by a 3.9-litre twin-turbocharged V8, smaller in displacement and higher in output than the 458's naturally aspirated engine. The 488 GTB was named "The Supercar of the Year 2015" by car magazine Top Gear, as well as becoming Motor Trend's 2017 "Best Driver's Car".[5]



The 488 GTB is powered by a 3,902 cc (3.9 L; 238.1 cu in) (488cc per cylinder, thus the name) all-aluminium dry sump unit of the Ferrari F154 V8 engine family.[3] Turbocharged with two parallel ball-bearing twin-scroll turbochargers supplied by IHI/Honeywell and two air-to-air intercoolers, the compressor wheels are made of low-density TiAl alloy often used in jet engines to reduce inertia and resist high temperatures within the turbocharger. The engine produces 670 PS (661 bhp; 493 kW) at 8,000 rpm and 760 N⋅m (561 lb⋅ft) of torque at 3,000 rpm.[6] This results in a specific power output of 126.3 kW (171.7 PS; 169.4 hp) per litre and specific torque output of 194.8 N⋅m (144 lb⋅ft) per litre, both records for a Ferrari car.


The only available transmission for the 488 is an automated manual dual-clutch 7-speed F1 gearbox manufactured for Ferrari by Getrag, based on the gearbox used in the 458.[7]


Improved carbon-ceramic brakes are supplied on the 488, derived from technology used in the LaFerrari, constructed with new materials that reduce the time needed to achieve optimum operating temperature. Disc sizes are 398 mm at the front, and 360 mm at the rear. These advancements reportedly reduce stopping distances by 9% over the 458.[7]

A new 5-spoke alloy wheel was designed for the 488, measuring 51 centimetres (20 in) front and rear. Front tires measure 245/35 with rears 305/30.[3]


Claimed manufacturer performance for the 488 GTB is (Conservatively) 0–100 km/h (0–62 mph) in 3.0 seconds, 0–200 km/h (0–124 mph) in 8.3 seconds, covering the quarter mile in 10.45 seconds and continuing to a top speed in excess of 330 km/h (205 mph).[3]

Ferrari 488 GTB has a power to weight ratio of 2.2 kg (4.85 lb) per horsepower, matching that of Ferrari’s own F12berlinetta.


Ferrari 488 GTB

The body of the 488 has been designed to increase downforce by 50% over the 458 while reducing aerodynamic drag.[8] A new front double splitter serves two functions: increasing radiator cooling by forcing air into them and also channeling the air over the underbody vortex generators to create ground effect without adding unwanted drag. A newly designed blown rear spoiler (actually a slotted flap) integrated into the rear decklid and bumper increases downforce without requiring a raised wing.[9] The central "Aero Pillar" deflects air under the flat body of the car while two vents in the bonnet provide an exit for air from the dual intakes of the front bumper, further reducing air pressure over the front of the car.[10]

Underbody vortex generators work to reduce air pressure beneath the car thereby increasing overall downforce. A larger rear diffuser works to increase the velocity of air exiting the underbody to further lower air pressure, in conjunction with active aerodynamic variable flaps that both reduce drag and increase downforce as controlled by a microprocessor.[9] The increased size of the diffuser over the previous 458 requires the twin exhausts of the 488 to be positioned higher in the rear bumper for clearance.[10]

The scalloped side air intakes are a homage to those found on the 308 GTB,[10] and are divided by a central partition. Air entering the top intake is partially directed into the turbocharger compressor intake, while the rest is directed through the rear of the car and exits alongside the rear lights, increasing air pressure behind the car in order to reduce aerodynamic drag. Airflow entering the lower intake is directed towards the intercoolers in order to cool the intake charge.[9] Even the doorhandles - dubbed 'shark fins' - are shaped in a way which improves airflow by cleaning and funneling air into the large intakes above the rear wheels.[11]

The Ferrari 488 was designed by Flavio Manzoni and won the Red Dot "Best of the Best" awards for Product Design in 2016.[12]


488 Spider[edit]

Ferrari 488 Spider
Ferrari 488 Spider

The Ferrari 488 Spider is a 2-seat roadster variant of the 488 with a folding hardtop, just like its predecessor. Ferrari released pictures of the 488 Spider at the end of July 2015,[13] and the car debuted at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2015.[14]

The Spider's drivetrain is the same of the 488 GTB, including the 670 PS 3.9-litre twin-turbocharged V8. The 488 Spider is only 50 kg (110 lb) heavier than its coupé sibling, and 10 kg (22 lb) lighter than the 458 Spider. The 0–100 km/h (0–62 mph) sprint is unchanged at 3.0 seconds, while the 0–200 km/h (0–124 mph) acceleration takes slightly longer at 8.7 seconds, and top speed is likewise slightly lower at 325 km/h (202 mph).[15]

488 Pista[edit]

Ferrari 488 Pista
Ferrari 488 Pista

On 6 March 2018, Ferrari unveiled the 488 Pista (track in Italian) at the Geneva Motor Show. The Pista takes inspiration from the successful 488 GTE and 488 Challenge race variants. The car has received many mechanical and exterior modifications in order to make it more capable than the 488 GTB. The 3,902 cc (3.9 L; 238.1 cu in) twin-turbocharged V8 engine now produces 720 PS (710 bhp; 530 kW) @ 8,000 rpm and 770 N⋅m (568 lb⋅ft) @ 3,000 rpm of torque due to the use of a new camshaft, a larger intercooler, strengthened pistons, titanium connecting rods and Inconel exhaust manifolds in the engine borrowed from the 488 Challenge. Revisions to the 7-speed dual-clutch transmission also allow for shifts in just 30 milliseconds when drivers enter race mode. The most noticeable exterior changes for the Pista are at the front end. Air passes through the ducts in front bumper and which direct it through a large vent in the hood, which creates more downforce over the nose at high-speeds. Helping boost performance further, the air intake tunnels have been moved from the flanks to the rear spoiler area to optimize clean air flow. Other exterior changes include underbody diffusers and the rear diffuser borrowed from the 488 GTE. In total, the car generates 20% more downforce than the 488 GTB. On the interior, carbon fibre and alcantara are used throughout in order to reduce weight. Overall, the car is 200 lb (91 kg) lighter than the 488 GTB due to the use of carbon fibre on the hood, bumpers, and rear spoiler. Optional 20-inch carbon fibre wheels available for the Pista save an additional 40% of weight. The car also incorporates an Side-Slip Angle Control system having an E-Diff3, F-Trac and magneto rheological suspension in order to improve handling at high speeds. All of these modifications allow the car to accelerate from 0–62 mph (0–100 km/h) in 2.85 seconds, 0–124 mph (0–200 km/h) in 7.6 seconds and give the car a maximum speed of 211 mph (340 km/h) according to the manufacturer [16][17]

According to the fact that the Ferrari 488 Pista is lighter than the Ferrari 488 GTB by 90 kg (198 lb), it gives the Ferrari 488 Pista a power to weight ratio of 1.92 kg (4.23 lb) per horsepower.

488 Pista Piloti Ferrari[edit]

In 2017 Ferrari won the drivers and constructors titles in the LM GTE Pro class of the FIA World Endurance Championship with the Ferrari 488 GTE number 51 of AF Corse, with Alessandro Pier Guidi and James Calado behind the wheel. As a tribute, a special edition of the 488 Pista was created called the 488 Pista Piloti which incorporates numerous technical and aerodynamic solutions incorporated in the racing versions of the Ferrari 488. The special edition has been developed by the Ferrari Tailor Made department, the division which is entrusted with all the customizations ordered by the customers, starting from the internal fabrics up to the colours and finishes. The exterior features a new livery with stripes in the colours of the Italian flag, reminding one of the race winning 488 GTE. The exterior is further enhanced by the word "PRO" indicating the racing class. The Italian flag colours are also featured along the bottom of the doors which are also adorned with the personal race number of the client's preference. The launch version carries the number 51 used by the world championship drivers. Also part of this personalization project is the matte black S-Duct and the natural carbon fibre "dovetail" suspended rear wing and vent surrounds. On the interior, alcantara has been used throughout in order to give the driver the feel of a race car, with a special technique applied to upholster the sports seats in the same perforated material. The tri colour Italian flag is embedded in the seat upholstery along with the floor mats in order to create an entirely new look along with edge the paddle shifters also painted in the colours of the Italian flag to complete the bespoke interior.

The colours available for the bodywork include Corsa red, Tour De France blue, Daytona black and Nurburgring silver. The 488 Pista Piloti is exclusively available for Ferrari drivers.[18]

Ferrari J50[edit]

The Ferrari J50 is a limited edition targa top based on the 488 Spider. It was designed by Ferrari styling centre under Flavio Manzoni and created by Maranello's Special Projects department. It was built to celebrate half a century of Ferrari's presence in Japan. The sharp, angular design of the car is an homage to the Ferrari sports cars of the 70's and 80's. It uses a two piece targa top made of carbon fiber which can be stowed behind the seats in place of the 488's folding hardtop.[19] Power was also increased by 20 hp, to a total of 681 hp (690 PS; 508 kW).[20] 10 examples were built in total.

Ferrari SP38 Deborah[edit]

The Ferrari SP38 Deborah is a one-off special built on the special request of a customer. The car is based on the Ferrari 488 and features the same mechanical components. The newly designed body is inspired by the F40 and the 308. The design was created by the Ferrari Styling Centre with input from the customer and the car took 18 months to complete. The car features a narrow set of headlamps with the day time running lights integrated into the newly designed front bumper. The large standard air-intakes of the 488 have been replaced by two small air intakes located near to the rear side windows and look integrated into the body. At the rear, an integrated fixed rear wing and a new carbon fibre engine cover with three slats is present in place of the 488's glass unit for improved engine cooling, resembling that on the F40 along with a new set of tail light assembly and a modified exhaust system. The paint named Deborah red (hence the name Deborah) is also customised and consists of different shades of red. The new wheels are exclusive for the car as well. Power figures of the car are expected to be the same as the 488 but the performance figures are not revealed along with the cost of building the car. The car was delivered to the owner at the Ferrari test track located at Maranello, Italy.[21] Public unveil of the car took place at the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este on 26 May 2018.[22][23]


Design and Introduction[edit]

The racing versions of the 488 GTB are the successors to the 458 Italia GTC and GT3. They have more aggressive bodywork compared to the GTE and GT3 specs of the 458 Italia thanks to the new 2016 FIA GTE and GT3 regulations, they retain the same engine used in the road car. In 2016 the 488 GTE was entered by AF Corse in the FIA World Endurance Championship, competing also in the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans, while Risi Competizione lined it up in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. Both the 488 GTE and GT3 were designed by Marco Fainello and unveiled at the 2015 Finali Mondiali Ferrari which took place at Mugello.

488 GTE[edit]

488 GTE

The 488 GTE made its competition debut in Round 1 of the 2016 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship at the 24 Hours of Daytona on 30–31 January. The 488 GTE run by Scuderia Corsa finished 10th outright and 4th in the GTLM class.[24] At the 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans, the car took second place, ran by Risi Competizione.

The 488 GTE in 2017 took to the track with the first race of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in the 2017 24 Hours of Daytona, where the car finished 3rd place the GTLM class, run by Risi Competizione.

488 GT3[edit]

488 GT3

The 488 GT3 made its world competition debut in Round 2 of the 2016 Australian GT Championship at the Albert Park Circuit in Melbourne on 17 March (the round was run as a support category to the 2016 Australian Grand Prix). Italian Andrea Montermini and Danish driver Benny Simonsen shared the car for Australian team Vicious Rumour Racing. Over the four races that made up the round, Montermini finished fifth in race 1 and 14th in race 3 while Simonsen finished second in race 2 and sixth in the fourth and final race.[25][26]

In February 2017, the 488 GT3 won the 2017 Liqui Moly Bathurst 12 Hour, ran by Maranello Motorsport. The car took the race from the pole position and for the most part stayed up in the front for most of the race, and did not fall out of the top 5 throughout the race. This was the second victory for Ferrari at the event, both won in 2014 and 2017 by Maranello Motorsport.

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