RE: Ferrari 488 Pista gets 800hp Novitec treatment

RE: Ferrari 488 Pista gets 800hp Novitec treatment

Tuesday 13th August

Ferrari 488 Pista gets 800hp Novitec treatment

After the Tesla Model 3, Novitec is back in familiar territory with a Pista-based 'Sports Package'



To many - us included - the Ferrari 488 Pista is beyond much improvement. By combining stupendous performance with the sort of chassis dexterity and accessibility no mid-engined, turbocharged Ferrari should really have, it's a genuinely dumbfounding supercar. But still, some people are never happy...

For those very customers, Novitec has now released its range of upgrades for the Pista. Most notably, it has further tweaked the sensational twin-turbo V8, power and torque boosted by 82hp and 94lb ft respectively. You might well recall the fastest 488 was already spectacularly potent; now it's said to produce 802hp and 662lb ft, which are frankly ludicrous numbers for a car that already felt borderline unhinged. That shouldn't be to the detriment of the engine's character, either; peak power and torque as standard are made at 8,000rpm and 3,000rpm respectively, now only changed to 7,950 and 3,100rpm.


The gains are achieved through the usual double act of ECU and exhaust, electronic work meaning reprogrammed ignition and injection maps along with a higher boost pressure limit for the turbochargers. Novitec offers its exhaust in steel or Inconel, and it can be accompanied by 100-cell sports cats as well. Somewhat unbelievably, it's claimed that throttle response is improved further still over a Pista. Oh yeah, and it'll do 214mph...

Novitec hasn't stopped there, either, evidently finding some improvement the rest of us hadn't yet discovered. New carbon fibre spoilers front and rear are said to further reduce lift, which is quite some achievement on a Pista, a range of Vossen forged wheels might be the only things more expensive than Ferrari's carbon ones, and the ride height can be lowered by 35mm. If that's what you think a Pista needs.

Alright, so it's hard not to be a bit intrigued by the prospect of an 800hp 488. Because a Pista feels like it already has that as standard. The other modifications are little trickier to get the head around, though clearly they wouldn't have been developed if the demand did not exist. The entire Sports Package is available to order now (or as individual parts) and, should one be lacking a Pista donor car, four are currently for sale here in the PH classifieds...


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skylarking808

Original Poster:

244 posts

30 months

Tuesday 13th August
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This is what Tom from TGE TV needs wink

Dave Hedgehog

10,633 posts

148 months

Tuesday 13th August
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well it was a bit sluggish

Rozzers

300 posts

19 months

Tuesday 13th August
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If you’ve driven one of these, they really are great, they are quiet and easy to drive at low speed whilst you find somewhere to use its performance.

Novitec seem to have removed this flexibility by making it harder and noisier all the time.

What’s the betting the mapping actually makes it slower over a B road as well.

thelostboy

3,414 posts

169 months

Tuesday 13th August
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I think it looks great.

A little biased, as I have a Novitec Performante which is also lowered and on Vossen wheels. Personally I think it gives back the concept car stance than is often lost when cars are productionised.

myhandle

895 posts

118 months

Tuesday 13th August
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What would concern me is when the car is a few years old and some of the modified parts need maintenance/ replacement.

Greg the Fish

651 posts

10 months

Tuesday 13th August
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Yum!

Gameface

9,417 posts

21 months

Tuesday 13th August
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thelostboy said:
I think it looks great.

A little biased, as I have a Novitec Performante which is also lowered and on Vossen wheels. Personally I think it gives back the concept car stance than is often lost when cars are productionised.
Be nice to see some pics of the Performante.

Audemars

424 posts

42 months

Tuesday 13th August
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Do people actually buy Novitec things?

Why is this company still in business?

Their products are crass and I have never seen any limited run sports car with their junk fitted driving on UK roads or amongst fellow supercar owners.

ZX10R NIN

14,793 posts

69 months

Tuesday 13th August
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I really do like Novitecs work there work is normally tasteful I always liked my mates Novitec GT so much so I bought an exhaust system for my Sportline GT.

C.MW

158 posts

13 months

Wednesday 14th August
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Just way too much going on on every surface. Way too fussy and my eyes struggle to grasp the overall styling.

Edited by C.MW on Wednesday 14th August 08:04

frayz

1,276 posts

103 months

Wednesday 14th August
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Audemars said:
Do people actually buy Novitec things?

Why is this company still in business?

Their products are crass and I have never seen any limited run sports car with their junk fitted driving on UK roads or amongst fellow supercar owners.
^^^^^ This

E65Ross

22,922 posts

156 months

Wednesday 14th August
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Audemars said:
Do people actually buy Novitec things?

Why is this company still in business?

Their products are crass and I have never seen any limited run sports car with their junk fitted driving on UK roads or amongst fellow supercar owners.
4 posts above yours....

Jex

530 posts

72 months

Wednesday 14th August
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One of the issues with changing the exhaust (and other characteristics) is making sure it is matched to the car over the whole rev range so you don't get any nasty resonances or boominess. I wonder if they have achieved that.

BVB

645 posts

97 months

Thursday 15th August
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Batst crazy from Novitec as per usual, but this Pista still looks really cool despite their efforts.