Ferrari F488

Ferrari Reveals New 488 GTB

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Forty years on from the unveiling of its first ever mid-rear-engined V8 model, the 308 GTB, the Prancing Horse opens a new chapter in its 8-cylinder history. The Ferrari 488 GTB provides track-level performance that can be enjoyed to the full even by non-professional drivers in everyday use. Its response times, nimbleness and on-the-limit driving guarantee a unique sense of exhilaration and unparalleled driving pleasure.

The new berlinetta brilliantly encapsulates Ferrari’s experience in both F1 and the WEC (World Endurance Championship), where the F458 GT hold the World Championship title and has won its category in the last two editions of the 24 hours of Le Mans. The new model also exploits to the full, the knowledge and know-how gleaned by Ferrari technicians over the last decade from the Ferrari client “XX” program, which makes special “track only” cars available to customers (a driving experience or “arrive and drive” program). The data from those events has made a signifiicant contribution to the refinement of the electronic and vehicle control systems so drivers can make the most of the incredible performance of this car.

The Ferrari 488 GTB’s new 3902cc (3.9L) V8 TURBO is at the top of its class for power output, torque and response times, making it the new benchmark for this kind of architecture. The engine unleashes 670 CV at 8,000 RPM along with 760nm of maximum torque in seventh gear. These figures are sufficient to allow the Ferrari F488 GTB to accelerate from 0-200 km/h (about 120 mph) in an astonishing 8.3 seconds and, when combined with the radical innovations introduced on all aspects of the car’s performance, enable the car to lap the Fiorano test track in just 1 min 23 seconds.

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The gearbox features Variable Torque Management which unleashes the engine’s massive torque smoothly and powerfully right across the rev range, while specific gear ratios deliver incredibly progressive acceleration when the driver just floors the throttle. As is always the case, Ferrari’s engineers have dedicated great attention to perfecting the F488 GTB’s exhaust sound, creating a new sound track that is full, clear, and totally distinctive, as expected from any Prancing Horse engine.

The car’s aerodynamics also made a pivotal contribution to the performance: its 1.67 efficiency figure is the lowest for any production Ferrari, and is the fruit of 50 per cent more downforce than the previous model along with reduced drag. The greatest challenge was achieving these two goals simultaneously. Several innovative elements were specifically developed to do so, not least a double front spoiler, base bleed side intakes and, at the rear, active aerodynamics coupled with a blown diffuser / spoiler. The aerodynamic underbody, which incorporates vortex generators, is highly sophisticated, too.

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The Ferrari F488 GTB’s subsystems and electronic controls make its power and performance instantly available and controllable. It is, in fact, the most responsive production model there is, with razor-sharp response times comparable to those of a race car.

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The evolved version of Ferrari’s side slip angle control system (Side Slip Control 2 – SSC2)(Note – this is what made the F458 so amazing to drive and play with versus other top notch ultra sports cars) is more precise and less invasive, providing greater longitudinal acceleration out of the corners.? Aside from integrating with the car’s F1-Trac and E-Diff, the SSC2 now also controls the active dampers / shocks which renders the car’s dynamic behavior during complex maneuvers even flatter and more stable.

Designed by the Ferrari Styling Center, the new car features very sculptural flanks which are the key to its character. Its large signature air intake scoop / scallop is a nod to the original Ferrari 308 GTB and is divided into two secctions by a splitter. The wide front spoiler features a double profile to improve the thermal efficiency of the radiators positioned at the sides. At the center two pylons are combined with a deflector which channels air towards the flat underbody. The broad, low tail is also dominated by aerodynamic solutions, including an innovative blown diffuser / spoiler which generates downforce without increasing drag. This works in conjunction with an aggressive ramp angle for the diffuser which features active flaps. The greater height required for the diffuser was achieved by repositioning the exhaust tail pipes. The circular LED tail lights have also been repositioned.

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In the cabin, the seamless integration of the new satellite control clusters, angled air vents and instrument panel heightens the sense that the cockpit is completely tailored around the driver. Usability was the key word in the design, leading to an extremely sporty ambience that in no way compromises on comfort. There are plenty of classic Ferrari styling elements too, such as the clear separation between the dashboard and tunnel, the multifunctional steering wheel, the control switch bridge and wraparound seats. The graphics and interface of the infotainment screen have also been completely redesigned while the design of the car’s new key takes its inspiration from the car’s cylinder banks and allows keyless starts.

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Content for article from Ferrari, Ferrari press release. (Feb 3, 2015)

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