488

NZ Autocar - - New Arrival -

The elec­tronic slip an­gle sys­tem used for slides around a race­track has been im­proved. In ad­di­tion to con­trol­ling the lock­ing rate of the diff, it now also in­stantly ad­justs the shock rates to help the driver keep it in a power-in­duced over­steer drift. In such a slide, the front shocks stiffen and the rears loosen them­selves off. When set­ting up a race car, stiff­en­ing the front end will nor­mally cre­ate un­der­steer, but if the rear of the car is slid­ing, chang­ing the front to be more rigid will move the bal­ance to the rear to give bet­ter grip. The re­ally clever new sys­tem from the en­gi­neers at Fer­rari means their sys­tem can change and adapt while the car is slid­ing about.

Those same en­gi­neers re­sisted chang­ing the steer­ing from hy­draulic to elec­tric, de­spite the ef­fi­cien­cies that could be made. It is still alive and has ex­quis­ite feel while giv­ing a most im­me­di­ate con­nec­tion to the road.

We haven’t even men­tioned the styling of the car yet, be­cause it’s so sub­jec­tive. Viewed di­rectly from the front, or from a dis­tance, the 488 looks re­mark­ably sim­i­lar to the 458 it’s re­plac­ing, es­pe­cially as the dis­tinc­tive head­lights look so fa­mil­iar. But walk around it slowly and the dif­fer­ences be­come more ob­vi­ous. Per­son­ally, I like the ex­tra edgi­ness com­pared with the 458. The huge side scoops give it added men­ace, and help move it away from the del­i­cate and pretty car that it re­places. The ex­tra creases and de­tail­ing ABOVE - Each 488 comes with its own build plate de­tail­ing the op­tions added. RIGHT - Stu Ow­ers, rais­ing the sar­to­rial stan­dards of the mag­a­zine. BE­LOW - Sub­tle creases on the bon­net help man­age the air flow.

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