Similarly wrapped Ferrari 488 GTB rendezvous with 308 Gr4 Pioneer

Article by Andrew Christian, on May 6, 2016

Featuring a polyester body and powered by a 310 hp three-liter V8 engine, the Ferrari 308 Gr4 Pioneer (Ferrari 308 GTB), was a truly imposing vehicle. This race car allowed Jean Claude Andruet to win the 1981 Tour de France Auto.

This is also the same car that allowed Andruet to grab second place at the European Rally Championship in the same year, despite taking part in only seven races while eventual winner Adartico Vudafieri in his Fiat 131 participated in 15 events. Andruet and the 308 repeated their win at the Tour de France Auto in 1982. It was a classic race as Andruet went head to head against Jean Ragnotti and his R5 Turbo.

As a tribute to this classic race car, Ferrari has wrapped a Ferrari 488 GTB with a livery similar to that of the 308 Gr4 Pioneer. This new livery, created in a collaboration between the Italian sports car maker’s Tailor Made division and Parisian Ferrari dealer Charles Pozzi, features the same color scheme as the iconic 308 Gr4 Pioneer -- the iconic blue and white. Moreover, the Ferrari 488 GTB is specified with wheels that closely resemble those of the iconic 308 308 Gr4 Pioneer.

These wheels are finished in matt gold and matched with matt black brake calipers. While the Ferrari 488 GTB and the Ferrari 308 Gr4 Pioneer are worlds apart in terms of design and technology as well as performance and features, their "rendezvous" has proven that they are really siblings born from the passion for speed and performance.

When sitting beside each other, the Ferrari 488 GTB looks like an evolved version of the Ferrari 308 Gr4 Pioneer. Of course, there are tons of differences between these siblings. Setting aside those differences, one could clearly see that the looks of the Ferrari 488 GTB had been inspired by the Ferrari 308 Gr4 Pioneer – both inside and out.

Yes, the interior of the Ferrari 488 GTB draws inspiration from the cabin of the Ferrari 308 Gr4 Pioneer. However, it is much safer to say that the interior of the Ferrari 488 GTB is a modern reinterpretation of that of the 308.

For instance, the Ferrari 488 GTB features traditional red seats finished in a red historic fabric. Its cockpit is wrapped in lather and mat carbon -- with the use of Alcantara and black mat carbon. On the other hand, the floor of the Ferrari 488 GTB is in Grigio Corsa matt aluminum.

Press Release

Ferrari 488 GTB Tailor Made Pioneer also unveiled for the first time

What better setting than the Grand Palais in Paris for the GTC4Lusso, Ferrari's latest creation, to make its debut on French soil? The new Prancing horse V12 four-seater, four wheel drive with rear-wheel steering, was a magnet for the over 200 journalists who attended the premiere this afternoon on the opening day of the Tour Auto Optic 2000 rally.

The GTC4Lusso will be also the star attraction at a gala cocktail in the evening for over four hundred guests who will have the opportunity to see this superb example of a unique mix of benchmark sports car performance, all-weather versatility and sublime elegance.

This very important "rendez-vous" is also the occasion for Ferrari to present a unique version of its 488 GTB. In association with its Parisian dealer Charles Pozzi, the very exclusive Tailor Made program imagined a car which pays homage to the 308 Gr4 Pioneer driven by Jean Claude Andruet and two times winner of the Tour de France Auto in 1981 and 1982. The body of this unique 488 GTB use the same colors codes of its mythique sister: the blue and the white. The rims are in matt Gold with Black Matt calipers.

The interiors are also mostly inspired by the 308 Gr4 with a modern reinterpretation of the traditional red seats made in red historic fabric. Lather and mat carbon with the use of Alcantara and black mat carbon are use for the cockpit. The floor is in Grigio Corsa mat aluminum.

After this traditional rendez vous in the Grand Palais, the first leg of the Tour Auto will get under way on Tuesday morning for a five-day rally over 4 circuits and 9 stages on closed roads), with the journey coming to an end in Cannes on Saturday the 23rd of April. Ferrari will be posting regular updates on the event on its web sites and social media pages.

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