You're looking at the first official pictures of the Ferrari 488 Pista, a road-going, track-focused version of the 488 GTB that has just mainlined all the latest, formidable race vehicle technology know-how from the brand's motorsport division.
Ferrari hasn't yet offered detail as to where such a hefty boost comes from, saying only that it's an "extreme evolution" of the twin-turbo 3.9-litre V8 in the regular GTB. The 0-100 kph time is claimed to be a mind-numbing 2.85 seconds, the 0-200 kph takes 7.6 seconds, and the max speed is said to be in excess of 340 kph.
Ferrari South Africa confirms the 488 Pista will be available locally some time in the first quarter of 2019.
According to its maker, the name "Pista" is "a direct homage to Ferrari's unparalleled heritage in motor sports", and translates to "track" from Italian. To compare, the 488 GTB takes 3 seconds to reach 100km/h and has a top speed of "only" 330km/h. The air intakes have been moved to the car's rear spoiler to smooth out the airflow, while the turbochargers come from the 488 Challenge and are fitted with integrated rev sensors. The Ferrari 488 Pista carries on this tradition, building upon development carries out through Ferrari's involvement with the FIA World Endurance Championship.
To help it stick to the track, Ferrari's engineers made some aerodynamic changes to increase the downforce by 20 percent.
The 488 Pista is also almost 200 pounds lighter than the 488 GTB, giving it a dry weight of only 2,822 pounds. A set of specially-developed Michelin tyres are also part of the package.
As for aerodynamics, Ferrari has incorporated a front S-duct and diffusers, another GTE auto feature. The final result of all these interventions is an impressive 20 per cent increase in downforce.
Ferrari has taken the covers off its new, track-oriented performance auto, due for a public unveiling at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. Side-Slip Angle Control 6 now comes standard alongside E-Diff3, F1-Trac, magnetorheological suspension, and the Ferrari Dynamic Enhancer. Trick software (including a function that adjusts the pressure of the brake calipers) helps drivers make the most of the Pista's power regardless of their skill level behind the wheel. Those numbers match up with the 488 GTB, so in application, we expect the Pista to be quicker.