Ferrari 488 Pista Beats McLaren P1, Porsche 918 In Anglesey Circuit

We always expect Ferrari to churn out the next great mid-engine supercar, but in the case of the 488 Pista, they appear to have outdone themselves.

Evo magazine took the 488 Pista to the Anglesey circuit in order to set a lap time for its leaderboard and the result was just eye-popping; the current hottest mid-engine Ferrari managed a 1:10.8, becoming the fastest supercar they tested on the site, beating rivals like McLaren’s P1 and 720S and Porsche’s 918 and 911 GT2 RS in the process.

Also Watch: Ferrari 488 Pista Shows Who’s The Boss On Track Against GT3 RS, 600LT

It sounds almost unbelievable, but watching how the Italian supercar attacks the challenging bends of Anglesey at the hands of Steve Sutcliffe and listening to these race car-like upshifts and downshifts from the dual-clutch gearbox will make you gasp with wonder.

Power comes from the a road-going version of the engine found in the 488 Challenge race car, which produces 711 HP (720 PS) and 568 lb-ft (770 Nm) of peak torque. The bodywork’s advanced aero produces 20 percent more downforce than the ‘regular’ 488, while weight has also went down by 200 lbs (90 kg).

Ferrari had a team of engineers on the spot to ensure that the 488 Pista would perform at its best, as is the case with most track tests involving one of their press cars. The end result was simply amazing, as the supercar demonstrated tremendous grip, shooting itself to the next apex with ferocious energy and eventually beating every road-legal opponent to submission.

 

  • donald seymour

    Good for them.

  • Kyle Newberry

    I mean, it’s not considered a supercar already?

    • Nastinupe1911

      Yes, but the other cars are considered “hyper” cars, which is a step above a supercar. Supercars are halo cars for ordinary car makers, hypercars are halo cars (typically once every 5 – 10 years) for premium car makers.

  • Jason Panamera

    And Ferrari is known for changing a lot of parameters in their test cars what you will never get in production car. Anyway 488 Pista is still awesome car, thanks to McLaren…

  • Stigasawuswrecks

    Ferrari technicians were in site….yeah, that’s definitely not fishy.

    • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

      They often send a crew with their vehicles, doesn’t matter the publication. They do it all the time for Car and Driver’s Lightning Lap.

  • Nowan

    well it should be faster of course

  • Bonzomatic

    I bet it could have been faster. A lot of his shifts seemed premature. I’m not a professional driver, so I could be wrong, but it just seems like he was missing out on a lot of peak power at times.

  • I’m just waiting to see what McLaren will do with the 720s now. I’m sure they don’t like that.

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