Ferrari JOYRIDE – the new 488 GTB

Stop what you’re doing and turn this one up: loud, yellow Fezza gets mostly sideways Watch: the new Ferrari 488 GTB slides around Spain

The guys at Ferrari launched the 458 succesor. First they teased us and announced that the 458 replacement is going to have a brand new engine  with two turbos. It was launched on 3 February 2015, in advance of its world première at the March 2015 Geneva Motor Show. The name of the new Ferrari is 488 GTB it has a 3904cc engine (488cc per cylinder, thus the name) and boasts 661 bhp and 560lb ft of torque. What is important is that the torque is available from under 3,000 rotation per minute. this allows for incredible accelaration.

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The brand new Ferrari 488

The official time of 0-62 miles per hour is 3.0 secs, and it can do 124 miles per hour in a wooping 8 seconds. The new 488 comes from a line line of Ferrari’s started by the emblematic Enzo. Another good thing is Ferrari allowed a more relaxed traction control system that will let the car slide when you push it to its limits. The Youtube video is an advert put together with Pennzoil, and you can see and hear a bright yellow 488 GTB sliding all the way and doing a very quick lap on a closed course around the spanish city of Barcelona.

The body of the 488 has been designed to increase downforce by 50% over the 458 while reducing aerodynamic drag. A new front double splitter increases radiator cooling while a newly designed blown rear spoiler (actually a slotted flap) integrated into the rear decklid and bumper increases downforce without requiring a raised wing. The central “Aero Pillar” deflects air under the flat body of the car while two vents in the bonnet provide an exit for air from the dual intakes of the front bumper, further reducing air pressure over the front of the car.

The 488 will have three versions: the GTB, the spider and the GTE. Improved carbon-ceramic brakes are supplied on the 488, derived from technology used in LaFerrari, constructed with new materials that reduce the time needed to achieve optimum operating temperature. Disc sizes are 398 mm at the front, and 360 mm at the rear. These advancements reportedly reduce stopping distances by 9% over the 458.

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