Watch The Stig as he powers through to Top Gear’s fastest lap of their test track.
The Ferrari 488 Pista was introduced at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show as the fastest car Ferrari had ever built. An evolution of the 488 GTE and influenced by racing variants of the car from the 488 Challenge series, the Pista sported new camshafts, a larger intercooler, strengthened pistons, and a refined 7-speed dual-clutch transmission capable of swapping gears in as little as 30 milliseconds.
Additionally, the Pista’s body optimized airflow to produce 20% more downforce than the 488 GTB. Extensive use of carbon fiber in the hood, bumpers, and rear spoiler reduced weight by another 200 lbs, making it one of the lightest supercars on the road.
Power from the car’s 3.9-L twin-turbo V8 engine rose to 710 horses and 568 lb-ft of torque. Zero to sixty takes just 2.8 seconds. Zero to 124 mph takes just 7.6 seconds. Top speed is a blistering 211 mph.
Put it all together and you have an extremely fast car. So fast that it actually beat every other production supercar to lap Top Gear’s test track.
In the latest video posted by the BBC, you can see over The Stig’s shoulder as he powers through his fast lap. This view is perfect since it provides us with plenty to see on the road as well as a good look at the car’s speedo, which cranks up as high as 234 kph (or 145 mph) on the straight away.
At times, The Stig seems to really be battling the wheel in order to maintain control of the 488 despite its advanced stability and traction control systems--more likely they were turned off in order for The Stig to coax every ounce of power from the car’s screaming engine.
In the end, the 488 Pista posted a time of 1:12:7, beating the next fastest Porsche 911 GT2 RS time by just 0.7 seconds to become the fastest car on Top Gear.