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Ferrari 488 ‘GTO’ Leaked Specs Reveal 700HP Race Engine And Lots Of Carbon 19
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Ferrari, Ferrari 488, Ferrari Scoops, Geneva Motor Show, Scoops on 01 19th, 2018

A set of internal slides was leaked online, revealing some of the hardcore Ferrari 488’s juicy details.
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Carlex Design Gives Ferrari 488 Spider A Bespoke Interior 17
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Carlex, Ferrari, Ferrari 488, tuning on 01 17th, 2018

The artisians over at Carlex Design have a pretty clear picture of how the Ferrari 488 Spider's cabin should look like, and it includes plenty of leather and Alcantara.
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Ferrari’s Racing Cars Are A Sight To Behold At Autosport International 15
Posted by Carscoops Staff in F1, Ferrari, Ferrari 488, Ferrari LaFerrari on 01 15th, 2018

Arguably more than any other, Ferrari is a racing team as much as it is an automaker. And it displayed its enviable roster of competition models at the world’s preeminent racing-car show in the UK.

Leaving its road cars behind at the factory in Maranello, the Prancing Horse marque arrived at the Autosport International show in Birmingham, England, this past weekend with no fewer than four track-bound models.

There was the 488 Challenge, which heralds the launch of a new spec racing series (like the ones it runs in other parts of the world) specifically for the UK starting next year.

It was joined as well by the 488 GTE – the top racing version of Ferrari’s mid-engined V8 supercar – this one campaigned by James Calado and Alessandro Pier Guidi in the LMGTE Pro class of the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship.

That very car won three out of the nine races this season – at the Nurburgring, the Circuit of the Americas, and Fuji – to secure the drivers’ title. (Their teammates Davide Rigon and Sam Bird won two more to help Ferrari lock down the GT manufacturers’ trophy.)

As if those weren’t enough, Ferrari also brought out the FXX-K Evo, which made its public debut at the show – along with not one, but two F1 cars: the F2004 that Michael Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello drove to the world championship fourteen years ago (now part of the F1 Clienti program), and the SF70H that Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen drove this past season.

It’s a heck of a sight, seeing them all together on display under the same roof. But if you didn’t get a chance to swing through the NEC in Birmingham this past weekend, you can check them out in the image gallery below.

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Ferrari To Bring Drones With A.I. From Intel Into Ferrari Challenge 11
Posted by Joel V. Patel in AI, CES, Ferrari, Ferrari 488, Intel on 01 11th, 2018

Ferrari is one of those automakers that you could never see coming out with an autonomous car. But that doesn’t mean the iconic Italian brand isn’t interested in bringing new tech to its Ferrari Challenge.

At the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show, Ferrari North America announced plans to enter into a three-year partnership with Intel. The collaboration between the two companies will see Ferrari implement Intel’s artificial intelligence (AI) and drone technology into its racing series for two major reasons: to improve the viewing experience for fans and to help drivers polish their racing skills.

The drones, apparently, would record data on every driver during the race, which would then be relayed back to the teams and broadcasters. The teams could give their drivers helpful information on how to put down a quicker lap. Broadcasters, on the other hand, could use the data to create more nail-biting narrative.

Being able to see a Ferrari Challenge race from a drone’s perspective sounds like a nifty idea, but the data the machines obtain could also be shared with viewers, making fans feel like they’re really at the race.

For those not familiar with Ferrari Challenge, it’s a customer racing series for Ferrari 488 owners. The vehicles that race in the series have been upgraded to put down some fast laps. Running a car in the series isn’t exactly cheap, resulting in wealthy, inexperienced racers piloting the machines, which means there’s plenty of mayhem.

Ferrari Challenge will begin to use the intelligent drones for the 2018 season, which is set to commence on January 25 at Daytona Beach, Fla.

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Aston Martin To Roll Out Ferrari 488 GTB Rival In 2021, CEO Says 6
Posted by Carscoops Staff in ASTON MARTIN, Ferrari, Ferrari 488, Reports on 01 6th, 2018

Give or take a year or two, Aston Martin plans to roll out a mid-engined supercar in 2021. The as-yet unnamed Aston is slated to go after the likes of the Ferrari 488 GTB, Lamborghini Huracan, and McLaren 720S – or, in case anyone has been replaced, their successors.

The company’s CEO Andy Palmer revealed the news to Motorsport while discussing plans for an F1 engine program. It’s that initiative which Aston hopes will give it the credibility to extend beyond the front-engined GTs for which it’s known and enter into the realm of mid-engined supercars.

“With all of this stuff in F1, you have to factor in intangibles because you’re talking about a marketing return, not necessarily a physical return,” Palmer said. “Marketing return hopefully turns into sold cars, which is why we’re doing this.”

“This is to seed the soil for when we bring a mid-engined car to compete with the Ferrari 488, which is what the Valkyrie was about,” he added. “It’s about creating credibility ready for when we go mainstream face-to-face with Ferrari, Lamborghini and McLaren on the road. The timing of the 2021 regulations work really well, because it is about the time we’ll be bringing that car out.”

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Ferrari’s Hardcore 488 GTO Coming Sometime This Year 5
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Ferrari, Ferrari 488, Reports on 01 5th, 2018

Ferrari is poised to bring a hardcore version of its 488 GTB to market some time this year, according to the latest intel.

The news comes from AutoGuide, which found an entry for a “488 Special Series Coupe” among the 2018 models Ferrari submitted for certification by the California Air Resources Board.

The mysterious new model is listed alongside the existing 488 GTB, 488 Spider, GTC4Lusso T, and California T (which has since been replaced by the new Portofino) – all of them powered by versions of the same award-winning 3.9-liter twin-turbo V8 engine and seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

Though far from specific, the entry points quite clearly towards a more hardcore take on Maranello’s mid-engined V8 supercar, following in the footsteps of the 360 Challenge Stradale, 430 Scuderia, and 458 Speciale. The jury’s still out on what name it might adopt, but let’s just say we won’t be surprised if it’s designated GTO in the spirit of earlier 599, 288, and 250 models.

Whatever it’s called, the smart money’s on a debut at the Geneva Motor Show this March. What we can count on, though, is that the more focused 488 will pack more power, less weight, and a stiffened suspension in similar spirit to the Lamborghini Huracan Performante and Porsche 911 GT2 RS – both of which have proven their mettle around the Nürburgring. (And stripes. It’ll probably have stripes.)

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This Is What You Get When You Mix Sports Cars With Crossovers 24
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Alfa Romeo 4C, Aston Martin Vantage, BMW i8, Chevrolet Camaro, Ferrari 488, Ford Mustang, Honda / Acura NSX, McLaren 720S, Renderings on 12 24th, 2017

With automakers now busy producing more SUVs than ever before to satisfy increasing demand, we thought what a sports car-inspired crossover might look like.

Lamborghini has already done it, as the Urus isn’t just a large SUV with some Aventador-ish design elements, but rather something that genuinely looks like a supercar with higher ground clearance and four doors.

These renderings come courtesy of Jennings Motor Group and show us what some sports cars and supercars would look like if somebody suddenly decided to turn them into something more utilitarian.

2017 Ford Mustang

This one is actually not that far fetched. The proportions seem rather normal for a compact crossover, and since the Mustang’s front fascia isn’t too exotic, this design could actually work in the real world if the Blue Oval were to style the next Edge, for example, with a Mustang-inspired front end.

Alfa Romeo 4C

This design only works if you’re a fan of the Nissan Juke, as it’s almost as quirky as the latter. Of course, Alfa Romeo has already its first-ever SUV, the Stelvio, but if you’re going to build a smaller crossover, the 4C’s wacky front end could be a solution of sorts. But let’s not kid ourselves, it’s a bit weird, isn’t it?

McLaren 720S

The day will probably come when every single exotic car manufacturer will have their own SUV. Lamborghini opened the floodgates, and Porsche’s already been there for years. If the trend persists, it’s only a matter of time before the likes of McLaren or Ferrari partake in this trend, though the British supercar maker insists that it won’t get involved in that segment. We just hope that when that day comes, they’ll come up with something a bit sleeker than this.

BMW i8

If BMW were to actually build an SUV under its “green” sub-brand, it probably wouldn’t come as that big of a surprise, since their i Program will undoubtedly grow to accommodate more and more body styles in the future. But would it work if it was designed to look like the i8? Probably not, although the front end doesn’t look that bad and, compared to other renderings, it looks more cohesive.

Aston Martin V12 Vantage

Here’s another automaker that is preparing to enter the SUV segment in the near future, with the production version of the DBX concept. We already know they’re not afraid to experiment, hence the Rapide, and they’ve already shown us multiple off-road concepts, but this one, inspired by the V12 Vantage, just doesn’t work as it looks like a big-mouthed Vantage.

Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

Unlike the Mustang, the Camaro ZL1 is perhaps too aggressive to turn into a crossover but, surprisingly, this rendering, where you’ve got the front fascia of the ZL1 connected to the body of an SUV, looks quite interesting and sporty.

Ferrari 488

Ferrari CEO Sergio Marchionne already confirmed that an SUV is probably happening, and while purists might yell “heresy”, we’re really looking forward to seeing what their idea of a utility vehicle is. We obviously hope it looks nothing like this 488-turned-Juke-rival, which really is an insult to the Prancing Horse.

Honda NSX

Honda and sister company Acura actually make plenty of crossovers, so they probably doesn’t need another one. Moreover, the styling of the NSX doesn’t really seem to work on anything other than a sleek supercar, but is this rendering that much weirder to look at than, say, the Toyota C-HR?


Ferrari Readying Hardcore 488 GTO With 700HP And Less Weight 13
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Ferrari, Ferrari 488, Reports on 12 13th, 2017

We’ve been waiting for the hardcore version of the Ferrari 488 GTB for quite some time now but it appears that our wait will be over soon.

The Italian supercar maker is developing the track-focused 488 variant under near-complete secrecy, with Autocar reporting a 700hp power figure from the revised twin-turbo 3.9-liter V8.

Rumor has it that Ferrari is planning on using the GTO moniker for the fourth time, following the 250 GTO, the 288 GTO and more recently the 599 GTO. If this is true, then the Italian company might even try to evoke the spirit of the 288 GTO with the hardcore 488, since they’re both turbocharged and with the engine in the middle.

Up until the 599 GTO came along, Ferrari used the sacred moniker for the aforementioned models, as they were basically thinly disguised race cars for use on the road.

Whatever the name, the new 488 variant will feature a revised bodywork for better aerodynamic efficiency and angrier looks as shown in a spy shot last month. Weight will also drop, thanks to Ferrari stripping parts from the interior as well as using thinner glass and a lighter wheel-brakes combo.

GTO or not, the track-focused Ferrari 488 will have to prove itself against some pretty tough competition that includes not only the McLaren 720S but the Porsche 911 GT2 RS as well, when it goes on sale in 2018.


Ferrari 488 GTB By Misha Designs Is Absolutely OTT 2
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Ferrari, Ferrari 488, tuning on 12 2nd, 2017

Tuning house Misha Designs have released new images of their tuned Ferrari 488 GTB, which was originally presented at the 2017 SEMA Show.

Finished in Satin Lime Green that’s contrasted by the exposed carbon fiber parts, the Italian supercar has a new carbon fiber widebody that increases the 488’s width by 3in (7.6cm) on each side.

The new front and rear bumpers, massive wing, tinted windows, special decals and Savini alloy wheels shod in Toyo tires round up the list of exterior upgrades.

This kit will be available in a limited run of 20 units, and it doesn’t include any mechanical upgrades. Still, if extra power is your thing, you may want to wait for the Prancing Horse to unveil the hardcore version of the 488, which is rumored that it will get the GTO moniker.

Expected to arrive next year, Ferrari’s challenger to the McLaren 720S and Lamborghini Huracan Performante is believed to shed a few pounds from its total weight and put out in excess of 700 HP and 600lb-ft (813Nm) of torque, in addition to other upgrades that are supposed to make it even more agile.


Is This Ferrari’s Upcoming 488 GTO? 23
Posted by Brad Anderson in Ferrari, Ferrari 488, Ferrari Scoops, Reports, Scoops on 11 23rd, 2017

It is no secret that Ferrari is working on a hardcore variant of the 488 GTB and now an image has surfaced online that appears to show the supercar without any camouflage.

This photo, initially published by Motor.es, depicts two track-focused 488s in a garage, one of which wears white plastic over its revised body panels while the front-end of the second prototype has been left exposed.

Compared to the current 488, the mid-engine supercar has received a revised front fascia that includes a different bumper with larger air intakes and some black trim. The headlights have also been blacked-out to increase the vehicle’s aggressiveness.

According to some sources, the car will be dubbed the Ferrari 488 GTO but we’re not convinced. The ‘GTO’ badge has only been used three times in the history of Ferrari production cars and even the Ferrari F12tdf wasn’t considered special enough to receive the honor.

Whatever it is called, we can expect the typical array of changes that are found on hardcore Ferrari models. Among these will be modifications to the twin-turbo 3.9-liter V8 to bump power to beyond 700 hp and 600 lb-ft of torque. Additionally, a number of weight saving measures will need to be employed if Ferrari wants the car to have any chance against the hypercar-beating McLaren 720S.


Ferrari 488 Spider With Novitec Kit Looks The Part In White 8
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Ferrari, Ferrari 488, Novitec, tuning on 11 8th, 2017

To the untrained eye, this Ferrari 488 Spider might seem identical to its stock siblings that can be found around the world.

However, look closer at the pictures posted below, and you’ll see a multitude of aftermarket parts, some of will probably be familiar.

Novitec Rosso were responsible for coming up with the front lip, side skirts, side air intakes, rear diffuser, and boot lid spoiler, which are made from carbon fiber. Their signature is on the engine bonnet too, as well as on the multipiece wheels, from the NF7 series.

As a final touch, the Italian supercar received a special exhaust system, by Akrapovic, and it appears that otherwise, it remains stock beneath the skin, where the 3.9-liter turbo’d V8 engine normally produces 670PS (661hp) and 760Nm (560lb-ft) of torque.

Strangely enough, this tuned Ferrari 488 Spider wasn’t presented by the Novitec Group, nor by Akrapovic for that matter, but by an Israeli tuning company called Component LTD, which is based in Tel Aviv.


Mansory-Modified Ferrari 488 Is Anything But Subtle 30
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Ferrari, Ferrari 488, Forgiato, Mansory, SEMA show on 10 30th, 2017

It's hard to improve on a supercar as close to perfection as the Ferrari 488 GTB. Tuners like Mansory think they can… but this one takes it even further.
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Aston Martin Hired Three Of Ferrari Top People For Their 488 GTB Competitor 6
Posted by Michael Gauthier in ASTON MARTIN, Ferrari, Ferrari 488, Reports on 10 6th, 2017

Aston Martin has a history of building stylish and comfortable cruisers but the company recently announced plans for a mid-engine supercar that will slot beneath the Valkyrie.
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Ferrari 488 Spider Receives Novitec’s N-Largo Upgrades 25
Posted by Brad Anderson in Ferrari, Ferrari 488, Novitec, Reports, tuning on 09 25th, 2017

Novitec Rosso has extended its range of N-Largo vehicles with the launch of the 772 PS (761 HP) Ferrari 488 Spider.
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Ferrari 488 GTB Is 2017 Best Driver’s Car, According to Motor Trend 24
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Car Of The Year, Ferrari, Ferrari 488, Ferrari-Videos, video on 09 24th, 2017

Every year for the past eight, Motor Trend has undertaken a comprehensive shootout to determine the answer to one ultimate question: Which is the single best driver's car on the market?
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