Ferrari 488 Pista ‘Piloti Ferrari’ is built only for racers

Ferrari 488 Pista ‘Piloti Ferrari’ is built only for racers

Customer racing is a pretty big deal for Ferrari and to celebrate the success of its clients who race their cars, the Italian carmaker has unveiled a unique ‘Piloti Ferrari’ specification for the recently introduced 488 Pista.

A creation of the company’s Tailor Made programme, the car was inspired by AF Corse’s #51 488 GTE car, which Alessandro Pier Guidi and James Calado piloted to win the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) drivers’ and manufacturers’ titles.

The exterior features strips in the colours of the Italian flag, which is joined by a laurel celebrating the WEC title, the WEC logo and the word “PRO” indicating the class the #51 car raced in. Along the sides, there’s another set of Italian-themed strips and a personal race number of the client’s liking.

A matte black S-duct and carbon-fibre rear spoiler and vent surrounds are also part of the personalisation touches to the exterior. Only four colours – Rosso Corsa, Blu Tour De France, Nero Daytona and Argento Nürburgring – will be offered for this model, all of which are inspired by the world of motorsport.

Moving inside, there’s plenty of black Alcantara on display, including on the seats that incorporates the Italian flag on the backrest. More Italian colours are applied on the edge of the gearshift paddles and floor mats – the latter is made of a special technical fabric just like the rest of the carpeting.

To make sure each customer feels special, the race number on the car’s flanks is present on the base of the steering wheel and there’s an exclusive identification plate as well. All the carbon-fibre trim parts come with a matte finish and the carbon sill trim gets a ‘Tailor Made’ logo.

No mechanical changes here, as the 3.9 litre twin turbo V8 continues to produce 720 PS (710 hp) at 8,000 rpm and 770 Nm of torque. The 2018 International Engine of the Year award winner is good for a 0-100 km/h time of just 2.85 seconds and a top speed exceeding 340 km/h.

A liveried-up 488 Pista certainly sounds like an interesting prospect but there’s a big catch – only customers involved in the company’s motorsport programmes are allowed to buy them. So, if you want one, you’ll need to sign up for any of the Corse Clienti programmes (Challenge, XX, F1 Clienti) first.

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Gerard Lye

Originating from the corporate world with a background in finance and economics, Gerard’s strong love for cars led him to take the plunge into the automotive media industry. It was only then did he realise that there are more things to a car than just horsepower count.




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