Ferrari makes bespoke 488 for racing clients
Piloti Ferrari 488 Pista is the latest of Ferrari’s Tailor Made programJoe Duarte
Published: June 15, 2018, 10:30 PM
Updated: June 20, 2018, 1:17 AM
Ferrari is using the 24 Hours of Le Mans to launch its unique “Piloti Ferrari” for the 488 Pista, as a “present” to privateers who race the prancing horse in various global racing series.
Debuting on the eve of the famous twice-around-the-clock race, the Piloti Ferrari 488 Pista is the latest product of Ferrari’s Tailor Made bespoke program. Its design is a tribute to AF Corse's no. 51 car, driven to the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship Drivers’ and Manufacturers’ titles by Alessandro Pier Guidi and James Calado. It is available exclusively to customers involved in Ferrari's motor sports programs.
The exterior features racing stripes in the colours of the Italian Flag, which is itself in tribute to the racing version of the 488 GTE. The laurel celebrates the WEC title, and the WEC script and the word PRO are inscribed in front of the headlights to designate the class in which the championship was won.
The Italian flag colours also follow along the lower body cladding, with space available at the bottom right of the doors to add the owner’s personal racing number. The Le Mans display car will carry the number 51, which was the number of the championship car. Rounding out the package are matte-black S-Duct, and exposed carbon fibre rear spoiler and duct surrounds.
In addition to Ferrari’s signature racing Rosso Corsa (red), the car will also be available in Blu Tour de France, Nero Daytona (black) and Argento Nürburgring (silver).
The interior is clad in black Alcantara, with the seats incorporating the Italian flag, which is also visible on the edge of the gearshift paddles and floor mats. Matte black carbon fibre pieces permeate the interior, with the bottom of steering wheel again featuring the car number. The personalization is completed by a unique identification plate.
As with other 488 Pistas, the Piloti Ferrari version uses the 710-hp 3.9-litre turbocharged V-8 that makes 568 lb-ft of torque using a 7-speed dual clutch automatic.