2018 Ferrari 488 Pista First Drive: A First-Time You'll Never Forget

There are moments that leave their mark, like the sum of all your fantastic “firsts”. I was born a few kilometers away from Maranello; as a child, I would hang on fence around the track, living it from the outside. To find myself in Fiorano driving the new Ferrari 488 Pista for the first time was a mix of memories and emotions that only the Cavallino can create.

See how fast the 488 Pista is:

A little background

No special version has ever been so extreme. The list gives me goosebumps, from the first Challenge 348, the 355, 360 Challenge Stradale, the 430 Scuderia designed with Michael Schumacher, up to the 458 Speciale (the name says it all). It is designed for speed, which is clear even when the motor isn’t running; the aerodynamic refinement stands out with flashy elements that are functional. The Pista’s efficiency is 20 percent more than the GTB due to modifications, including an internal S-Duct, the 488 GTE’s lateral flicks, and ducts that move air from the sides to the rear spoiler, directly connected to the engine’s air inlet.

2018 Ferrari 488 Pista at Fiorano proving grounds
Ferrari 488 Pista, prova sul circuito di Fiorano

How it Drives

It’s a tradition for Ferrari: baptism by fire. Alongside Cavallino’s head pilot, Raffaele De Simone, we take a few “warm-up” laps, which should explain it all. The Pista’s smooth harmony in taking curve after curve is disarming, and o...