At Le Mans, Ferrari just unveiled a new road-going variant of its 488 sportscar – the Pista Piloti – reserved exclusively for the prancing horse’s client race car drivers. In other words: unless you’re a member of a Ferrari customer racing team, you aren’t invited to purchase one. What a pity.
The Ferrari 488 Pista Piloti was inspired by AF Corse’s No. 51 Ferrari 488 GTE, which won the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship Drivers’ and Manufacturers’ titles in the hands of pro drivers Pier Guidi and James Calado. It’s the latest creation from Ferrari’s exclusive Tailor Made program, and it features body and spoiler stripes in the colors of the Italian flag, with a laurel to celebrate the 488’s WEC titles and a WEC logo. Each car will also be graced with a racing number of the customer’s choosing; the example unveiled at the 24 Hours of Le Mans wears the number 51.
Other unique touches include a matte-black S-duct and a natural carbon-fiber finish for the “dovetail” rear spoiler and vent surrounds. Four racing-inspired colors will be available: Rosso Corsa (race red), Blu Tour De France, Nero Daytona (Daytona black), and Argento Nürburgring (Nürburgring silver).
Inside the cabin, it’s largely a black Alcantara affair, the seats upholstered in a perforated version of that material with an Italian flag design incorporated into the central band of the backrest. The red, white, and green also adorn the edges of the gearshift paddles and the floormats. The base of the steering wheel wears the same racing number as the exterior livery, and there’s an exclusive identification plate and carbon-fiber sill trim with the Tailor Made logo to further distinguish the cockpit from – shall we say – “lesser” Ferrari 488 models.
Ferrari hasn’t revealed pricing for the new Ferrari 488 Pista Piloti – not that you could buy one even if you had the money. But for reference, the standard Ferrari 488 GTB starts at about $250k, and the non-tailor-made 488 Pista is expected to cost significantly more than that.