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.