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Opening today at the Palexpo convention centre in Switzerland is the 2018 Geneva Motor Show and Ferrari's highly anticipated successor to its V8-engined special series, the 488 Pista.

The Ferrari 488 Pista marks a remarkable evolution in the brand's special series. One of the most notable developments on the 488 Pista is the weight reductions—thanks to solutions such as the Inconel exhaust manifolds, lightweight crankshaft and flywheel, titanium con rods and carbon-fibre intake plenums. At 1280kg dry, the model weighs 90kg less than its predecessor, the 488 GTB,  while having increased its engine power by 50cv.  In fact, the engine of the 488 Pista is the most powerful V8 in Ferrari history, now said to surpass Ferrari's turbo unit that claimed the title of International Engine of the Year in 2016 and 2017. 

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The 488 Pista makes full use of Ferrari’s motor-sports experience for maximum aerodynamic performance while still being suitable for the roads. The model has adopted F1-inspired S-Duct front and the 488 GTE's design of front diffusers featuring a ramp angle to create strong suction for increased downforce. The cockpit is subtlely pared towards the back as well. 

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The underbody vortex generators have been redesigned and the rear diffuser uses the double kink of the 488 GTE, which along with a new modified spoiler results in a 20 per cent increase in downforce. 

Very importantly, there is a world-first in the 488 Pista: the Ferrari Dynamic Enhancer. The FDE highlights software that adjust brake pressure at the callipers, fine-tuning the car's handling. Drivers will be able to more easily cut angles, ever unlocking satisfaction in driving a Ferrari sportscar. Lastly, the suspension set-up is completed with new tyres developed by Michelin just for this car. 

If you're not at the Geneva Motor Shows over the next few days to see the 488 Pista with your own eyes, have a look here or at ferrari.com:

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