Super Cars and Bikes. Ferrari. May 06th , 2018.
FERRARI 488 GTB
The announcement of Ferrari 488 was done in the year 2015 replacing the earlier version of Ferrari 458. The car is mid-engined sports car which is manufactured by an Italian manufacturer Ferrari. This car was not a new update from the company; however, it was introduced by them as an update for the performance and the exterior of the precedent.
The car comes equipped with the 3.9-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine which has got smaller displacement but higher output as compared to the 458's naturally aspirated engine. The car backed some of the accolades of being the "Supercar of the year 2015" by the Top Gear magazine and Motor Trends 2017 named it as the "Best Drivers Car".
THE ENGINE OF THE CAR:
This car comes loaded with the 3.9-litre engine which comes from the famous Ferrari family engine, the all-aluminum dry- sump engine. The turbo wheels of the car are made up of low-density alloys and these alloys are used in the jet wheels, to reduce the inertia and resist the high temperatures. The transmission that is available for the driver is the dual- clutch manual transmission, which is a 7-speed gearbox and was also fitted with the previous version of Ferrari, 458.
HANDLING OF THE CAR:
The brakes in the car have been modifying as compared to the earlier versions of the car and are carbon- ceramic brakes, which are derived from the LaFerrari technology. However, the brakes have been modified by injecting in new materials, in order to reduce the time that is required to reach the optimum temperature for the operation of the car. Along with this new 5 spoke alloy wheels were also introduced in the car and measured some 51 centimeters in front and the rear.
PERFORMANCE OF THE CAR:
It was seen that the performance of the car came to 0-100 km/hr some 3.0 seconds and covered the quarter miles in 10.45 seconds. However, the top speed of the car measured up to 330 km/hr. Further, the car has got the power to weight ratio of 2.2 kg per horsepower.
DESIGN OF THE CAR:
The car was designed in a way, so that the downforce reduces by 50 percent and the aerodynamic drag hikes up. There is double splinter fitted in the car which has got two objectives to cover; the first one being the increase in the cooling of the radiator by forcing the air into them and the second one is channeling the air over the underbody vortex generators in order to create ground effect plus deducting the unwanted ground drag. There is the presence of central Aero Pillar which is helpful in deflecting air under the flat body of the car along with that the two vents present in the bonnet of the car giving rise to the outflow of the air from the front bumper. As a result, there is reduction in the air pressure.
Scalloped side air intakes are also present on the car and are divided by a partition. The top air intake is aimed at the turbocharge air compressor and the rest of them are directed towards the rear car exits. The air intake in the lower part of the car is directed towards the intercoolers so that the intakes can be cooled down.
VARIANTS OF THE CAR:
FERRARI 488 SPIDER:
This model of the car is a two-seater model and is equipped with a folding hardtop, similar to its earlier versions. The company started showing off the picture of the 488 spider version in the year 2015, July. However, the car was originally showcased at the Frankfurt Motor Show in the year 2015, September. The car holds a 3.9 liter V8 engine and weighs 110 lbs. The car is 50 kgs heavier as compared to its coupe siblings and is 10 kg lighter considering the Spider 458 version of the car. The 0-100 km/hr sprint is completed in 0.3 seconds, however the top speed lower down at 325 km/hr.
The 488 GTE version of the car came out in the year 2016 at the 24 hours Daytona and backed the second position in the Hours of LeMans. In the year 2017, the car participated in the first IMSA Weather Tech SportsCar Championship and backed the third position in the race.
The 488 GT3 was announced in the Alberta Park Circuit in Melbourne in the year 2016, which was the debut championship race of the car. Then in 2017, it won the Maranello Motorsport race. It started from the pole position and for the most of the time in the race, stayed in the front.
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