A Ferrari 488 Pista has been driven around the Nurburgring by Sport Auto in just 7:00.03, one of the quickest laps ever recorded by the German publication.
Not dissuaded by the fact that Ferrari itself isn’t interested in setting official Nurburgring lap times, they jumped behind the wheel of a 488 Pista to see how it stacks up against some of the industry’s fastest supercars and hypercars.
A time of 7:00.03 puts the 488 Pista in a very exclusive club. The fastest production car lapped by Sport Auto around the Nurburgring is the latest Porsche 911 GT2 RS with a time of 6:58.28, while its best time around the circuit in the McLaren 720S is a 7:08.82. A time of 7:00.03 also places the 488 Pista ahead of manufacturer-set lap times for cars including the Mercedes-AMG GT R Pro and Nissan GT-R Nismo.
Times set by Sport Auto around the Nurburgring could be considered as more legitimate than those from manufacturers. Many companies, such as Porsche and Lamborghini, spend weeks and huge amounts of money fine-tuning their cars to set the fastest laps at the Green Hell. And, of course, different car manufacturers use different drivers for their laps. By comparison, laps from Sport Auto are all done by the same driver (editor-in-chief Horst von Saurma until 2015 and Christian Gebhardt since then) and the cars are not tuned by their makers before hitting the track.
The full onboard video of the 488 Pista’s lap is truly something to behold, as it takes corners with blistering speed and rarely gets out of shape. Ferrari clearly created something very special with the 488 Pista.