The latest prancing horse from Ferrari's Tailor Made program debuts this weekend at Le Mans.
Unless you’re involved in one of Ferrari’s race car programs, you won’t be able to buy this special edition. That’s right, the new Ferrari 488 Pista in the “Piloti Ferrari” specification created by the Tailor Made division is reserved only to customers involved in Maranello’s motorsport efforts and are actually client racing drivers.
If you’re fortunate enough to be on that short list, Ferrari will give you the option of four colours: Argento Nürburgring, Nero Daytona, Blu Tour De France, and of course – the traditional Rosso Corsa featured here. Regardless of the selected shade, the Piloti Ferrari can be visually distinguished from the other 488 Pista models by the “51” number as a nod to AF Corse’s no. 51 car that triumphed last year in 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) with Alessandro Pier Guidi and James Calado.
The special Pista gets the Italian flag motif in the same vein as the 488 GTE race car and also boasts a laurel to celebrate Ferrari’s 2017 WEC success, along with the “PRO” lettering pointing out the class in which the car raced. Other visual tweaks compared to a standard Pista include S-duct finished in matte black and the naked carbon fibre look of the rear spoiler as well as the vent surrounds featuring a similar finish.
Further updates have occurred inside the cabin where the Pista’s seats upholstered in black Alcantara come in a bespoke perforated configuration with the Italian flag embedded in the central band of the backrest. Italy’s Tricolore theme has also been applied onto the edge of the gearshift paddles and even on the floor mats. The latter, together with the carpeting, were specifically created for the Piloti Ferrari spec and benefit from a “special technical fabric.”
The link between the Pista and AF Corse’s no. 51 car continues inside where the number has been applied onto the base of the steering wheel. The carbon sill trim and an identification plate come to round off the upgrades.
The Ferrari 488 Pista “Piloti Ferrari” will be on display this weekend during the 86th 24 Hours of Le Mans held at Circuit de la Sarthe in France.
Gallery: Ferrari 488 Pista 'Piloti Ferrari'
UNIQUE TAILOR MADE SPECIFICATION FOR THE FERRARI 488 PISTA
A tribute to the FIA World Endurance Championship world titles exclusively for client racing drivers
Maranello, 15 June 2018 – In occasion of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Prancing Horse is launching a unique ‘Piloti Ferrari’ specification for the Ferrari 488 Pista. This special custom creation, the latest from the exclusive Tailor Made programme, was designed to recognise the success of clients who race Ferraris and will make its debut on the eve of the legendary French endurance race at the Circuit de la Sarthe. Inspired by AF Corse’s no. 51 car, with which Alessandro Pier Guidi and James Calado won the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) Drivers’ and Manufacturers’ titles, this special finish for the new Ferrari 488 Pista is available exclusively for customers involved in the company’s motor sports programmes.
The exterior features a new livery with stripes in the colours of the Italian flag recalling the racing version of the 488 GTE, embellished by a laurel celebrating the WEC title, the logo of the championship and the word “PRO” indicating the class the car raced in. The Italian flag livery features again along the car’s flanks which are also adorned with the personal race number each client will be able to add. The version that will be unveiled at Le Mans carries the number 51 used by the world championship drivers. The matte black S-Duct and the natural carbon-fibre ‘dovetail’ suspended rear spoiler and vent surrounds round off the personalisation of the exterior.
The ‘Piloti Ferrari’ 488 Pista will be available in four different colours inspired by the world of racing: Rosso Corsa, Blu Tour De France, Nero Daytona and Argento Nürburgring.
The interior, in black Alcantara®, includes seats upholstered with a special perforated version of the same material that incorporates the Italian flag in the central band of the backrest. The national colours are also clearly visible on the edge of the gearshift paddles and on the floormats which, like the carpeting itself, are made of a special technical fabric. The number that features on the external livery also appears on the base of the steering wheel, while all the carbon-fibre trim parts have a matte finish. The personalisation of the interior is completed by an exclusive identification plate and sill trim in carbon-fibre, the latter with the Tailor Made logo.
The ‘Piloti Ferrari’ 488 Pista is powered by the latest 720-cv version of the 3.9-litre turbocharged V8 which has been voted best engine in the world for the third consecutive year at the 2018 International Engine of the Year Awards.