RE: Ferrari F8 Tributo: Geneva 2019

RE: Ferrari F8 Tributo: Geneva 2019

Tuesday 5th March

Ferrari F8 Tributo: Geneva 2019

We already knew the 488 GTB replacement would get 720hp - now we know how Ferrari got there



Ferrari astutely unveiled its new F8 Tributo last week, getting ahead of the flurry Geneva launches by doing so. Now, though, it's used the Swiss event to disseminate more details of the forthcoming 488 replacement. The most significant of these relate to the engine and dynamic enhancements, and there's quite a lot to get through, so let's get stuck in.

We already know that the F8 Tributo will use a Pista-derived engine to match that car's outputs of 720hp at 8,000rpm and 568lb ft of torque, but Ferrari has today revealed just how it accomplished this whilst making the V8 freer-revving and also meeting stricter emissions targets.

Compared to the 488 GTB, the car which the F8 will directly replace, that Pista engine already boasts 50 per cent new components, items which, for starters, are joined in the Tributo by Inconel exhaust manifolds and intake lines from the 488 Challenge racer.

To deal with a 10 per cent increase in combustion chamber pressure there are uprated valves and springs, a new cam profile, strengthened pistons and cylinder heads and friction-reducing DLC-coated piston pins, apparently derived directly from F1. Combined with titanium con-rods and a lighter, optimised crankshaft and flywheel, all of these components not only help to improve engine performance, but also result in a 17 per cent reduction in inertia and an 18kg weight saving.


The air intakes have been moved from the car's flanks to its rear, where they are directly connected to the intake plenums. Sitting on either side of the blown spoiler, their new layout is said to reduce losses, increase dynamic pressure and ensure greater air flow to the engine, thereby increasing power.

Amongst the various engine management technologies applied to the F8, the most intriguing is the rev limiter's "Wall Effect". This replaces the gradual limiting of revs as the red line is approached, instead stepping in only when it's hit the 8,000rpm mark, in order to maximise available power during "dynamic driving situations".

Dynamically, a broad range of changes should improve the driving experience across the board. From an overall weight reduction of 40kg to a smaller diameter of steering wheel, every tweak Ferrari has made has been with the intention of improving the Tributo's level of driver-focus. It should remain accessible to drivers of all abilities, however, thanks to the likes of Ferrari's Dynamic Enhancer tech - which helps make the car six per cent faster out of corners - and the latest version of the Side Slip Angle Control - which requires a 30 per cent reduction in wheel activity during oversteer, making drivers "more confident in lengthy oversteer manoeuvres."

Finally, a 10 per cent improvement in aerodynamic efficiency comes thanks to modifications made to the S-Duct (15%), rear spoiler (25%), front underbody (15%), vortex generators (25%) and rear diffuser (the remaining 20%). When combined with everything else, these tweaks make the F8 Tributo half a second quicker around Fiorano than a 488, and ought to have a tangible effect during real world driving, too. There's clearly plenty more to discover about Ferrari's latest and greatest mid-engined V8, we can't wait to get behind that slightly smaller wheel.


 

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EdLeMas

Original Poster:

41 posts

95 months

Tuesday 5th March
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Renders the Pista rather redundant doesn't it?

Galsia

1,912 posts

129 months

Tuesday 5th March
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EdLeMas said:
Renders the Pista rather redundant doesn't it?
Absolutely. I'd be so annoyed if I had just bought one.

p-car

79 posts

200 months

Tuesday 5th March
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So it's a 488 facelift, which was a 458 facelift. Lazy Ferrari tongue out

wst

3,219 posts

100 months

Tuesday 5th March
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The editing in that official video is awful. I don't think there is a single shot there that's longer than half a second.

Audemars

410 posts

37 months

Tuesday 5th March
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This is better than the Pista. The Pista version of this car will be immense. Shame about the awful alloy wheels.

Hopefully this car will make the Pista sell under RRP in the second hand market (in a few yrs).
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BVB

596 posts

92 months

Tuesday 5th March
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The belle of the ball.

Welshman Adam

65 posts

151 months

Tuesday 5th March
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"We already new"???

apm142001

21 posts

28 months

Tuesday 5th March
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Perhaps it's just the lighting/colour combination in that second picture, but the back end looks a bit chubby to me?

Sandpit Steve

124 posts

13 months

Tuesday 5th March
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Galsia said:
EdLeMas said:
Renders the Pista rather redundant doesn't it?
Absolutely. I'd be so annoyed if I had just bought one.
The Pista is a bit more track focussed and lighter though, and limited availability should see values hold up in the future as happened with the Speciale.

If you just bought a Pista it would also be heading your way shortly, it's going to be the end of the year before any of these P8s find their way to customers.

AmosMoses

3,147 posts

104 months

Tuesday 5th March
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Stunning, Ferrari really are killing it.

n4aat

436 posts

151 months

Tuesday 5th March
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apm142001 said:
Perhaps it's just the lighting/colour combination in that second picture, but the back end looks a bit chubby to me?
Looks a little Lotus M250 to me.

BangernomicsAndy

15 posts

81 months

Tuesday 5th March
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The rev limiter has a ‘wall effect”, like most cars then so when you hit the Rev limiter it cuts out? Well it is a rev limiter after all...

ghost83

2,778 posts

129 months

Wednesday 6th March
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I don’t know!

At no point did I smile during that video,

I would much prefer the 360cs or 430scud or even a 458/488

I’d be seriously annoyed if I’d just bought a pista or I’d be cancelling the order if it hadn’t arrived yet,

Brooking10

4,273 posts

80 months

Wednesday 6th March
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Audemars said:
This is better than the Pista. The Pista version of this car will be immense. Shame about the awful alloy wheels.

Hopefully this car will make the Pista sell under RRP in the second hand market (in a few yrs).
What colour is your Speciale ?

tuono

35 posts

133 months

Wednesday 6th March
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F8 Tribute.. to what? It looks to me like a tribute to the Mclaren 720s, and the Huracan performante, and the Aventador SVJ.... in other words, Ferrari trying to catch-up.

McGraw

149 posts

82 months

Wednesday 6th March
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I really don’t understand the Ferrari buying process (can’t afford to).

My dad’s friend’s son has recently took delivery of a 488.

Supposedly he was waiting for it for a long time and before he was supposed to take delivery was told he could jump the queue and pay a big chunk of money to take delivery...which he did.

This was with the Pista well on the way and now this has been announced.

Seems like a bluff to me which he went for but what was going on if this was true?

I’d be pretty annoyed right now.

J4CKO

26,630 posts

139 months

Wednesday 6th March
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BangernomicsAndy said:
The rev limiter has a ‘wall effect”, like most cars then so when you hit the Rev limiter it cuts out? Well it is a rev limiter after all...
I had a Golf GTI that felt like you hit a wall at 5000 ish RPM, the spring had got weak in the distributor so tool less centrifugal force to hit the limiter, removed the spring, rev limit raised.....

Isnt that how rev limiters used to be before we got ones that were less abrupt ?

daytona111r

385 posts

143 months

Thursday 7th March
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Nope still not keen on they styling. The back reminds me of an NSX and the front is just too messy. Shame.

martisracing

202 posts

128 months

Saturday 9th March
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Just specced up my Pista a week ago (due to arrive next year) and do not feel any desire for the F8. The F8 is just a mainstream car the Pista is a Special addition. The F8 is a second a lap slower around the Ferrari track which is quite a big chunk of time which I do not believe is just due to tyres. Interestingly I think this is the only new Ferrari that has been slower around the track than the Special addition it is replacing it the outgoing model.

Brooking10

4,273 posts

80 months

Saturday 9th March
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martisracing said:
Just specced up my Pista a week ago (due to arrive next year) and do not feel any desire for the F8. The F8 is just a mainstream car the Pista is a Special addition. The F8 is a second a lap slower around the Ferrari track which is quite a big chunk of time which I do not believe is just due to tyres. Interestingly I think this is the only new Ferrari that has been slower around the track than the Special addition it is replacing it the outgoing model.
This

Claiming that the Pista is somehow redundant or diminished because of this car’s arrival is a little daft IMO.