Ferrari unveiled the 488 Pista Spider at the Concours d’Elegance at Pebble Beach in California. This is the fiftieth drop top model from the iconic Italian car maker.
The Ferrari 488 Pista Spider is directly derived from the 488 Pista which encapsulates all the racing experience gathered on world’s circuits with the 488 Challenge and the 488 GTE. As a result, the new Spider offers the highest level yet of technological transfer from the track to a road-legal drop-top car.
The car features new diamond-finish 20” alloy wheels with a novel 10-spoke star-effect interpretation of Ferrari’s traditional mid-rear engine berlinetta-style rims. Also available are the optional one-piece carbon-fibre wheels which offer a 20% weight reduction over the standard forged alloys.
The philosophy that imposed an uncompromising choice of materials for the bodywork is also revisited in the interior, with weight being saved by the use of lightweight, pared-back components. As well as the generous use of carbon-fibre and Alcantara throughout, the carpets have been replaced by patterned aluminium footplates and the driver’s-side door handle is now a simple strap.
To celebrate Ferrari’s 50th convertible, a concours of Ferrari Spiders graced the first fairway. Fittingly, 50 examples of past drop-top models, all Ferrari Classiche certified, were assembled on the lawn as a show of the exceptional lineage of the newest model. Among them were a 212 Export, 250 Monza, 335 S, 250 Testa Rossa, 412 S, no less than four 275 GTS4 NART Spiders, 250 California, F50, F60America, LaFerrari Aperta, to name a few.