It houses Ferrari’s most powerful ever V8
Yes, you read that right. It has a 3.9 litre V8. Its turbocharged and has 710bhp and 568lb ft of torque. It’ll do 0-62mph in 2.85secs and 0-124mph in 8 seconds dead. Top speed is 211mph. Not too bad.
It’s the most powerful V8 ever sported by a road-going Ferrari and uses the same engine intake layout developed for the 488 Challenge. Intakes are moved to the rear spoiler, bringing a higher volume of air into the engine, beefing up the power.
Moving the intakes to the back also allowed for a bigger intercooler ahead of the rear wheels. Take that, fluid-dynamic load losses!
It’s far louder than a regular 488
Well, it had to be. Apart from the fact that the International Engine of the Year Awards has crowned this V8 the winner for the third consecutive year, Ferrari reckons the Pista Spider’s V8 boasts a sound level higher “in all gears and at all engine speeds”.
There’s something called ‘wall effect’: not a strategy to avoid any potential collision in one, but rather the revs don’t tail off as you reach the redline. It just cuts right off at 8,000rpm, apparently.
Aero is key
Ferrari claim a 20 percent improvement in aero efficiency over the regular spider. It’s achieved this through active aero on the underbody and a redesigned blown rear spoiler. Ferrari have also used their F1 expertise for the Pista, an S-Duct aids downforce further. The rear spoiler is both longer and taller than the regular 488 Spider’s, the rear diffuser has been ‘borrowed’ from the 488 GTE and the vortex generators have been optimised.