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2018 Ferrari 488 Pista ‘Piloti Ferrari’ announced

By Chris Thompson, 19 Jun 2018 News

2018 Ferrari 488 Pista ‘Piloti Ferrari’ announced

A spec designed for Ferrari’s customer racers is inspired by the FIA WEC

Ferrari has revealed a new specification for the 2018 Ferrari 488 Pista, which was inspired by the FIA WEC to ‘recognise the success of clients who race Ferraris’.

We drive the Ferrari 488 Pista prototype

Dubbed the Ferrari 488 Pista ‘Piloti Ferrari’, the new spec leaves the Pista’s 3.9-litre twin-turbo V8 unchanged at 530kW/770Nm, with a very specific 0-100km/h sprint of 2.85 seconds and to 200km/h in just 7.5s.

2018 Ferrari 488 Pista Piloti side

“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,” the Italian supercar maker said in a statement.

“Inspired by AF Corse’s no. 51 car, with which Alessandro Pier Guidi and James Calado won the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship Drivers’ and Manufacturers’ titles [in the LMGTE PRO class], this special finish for the new Ferrari 488 Pista is available exclusively for customers involved in the company’s motor sports programmes.”

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The special edition is signified by its livery in the colours of the Italian flag, with the number ‘51’ seen on the version of the car revealed at Le Mans, though each number will be personalised to suit its buyer.

2018-ferrari-488-pista-piloti-interior

On the hood, in the middle of the racing stripe, a laurel to celebrate the WEC is found, as well as a ‘PRO’ marker to indicate the class the #51 car raced in.

The black Alcantara-laden interior is fitted with seats bearing the Italian flag in the backrest, as well as Italian flag gearshift paddles and similarly patriotic floor mats.

The same number that appears on the outside of the car will also appear inside the car on the steering wheel.