At this year’s Festival of Speed, Ferrari is unveiling its most recent mid-rear-engined V8 supercar, the 488 GTB, and the FXX-K to UK audiences. These two cars will be participating in the 1.6 mile Goodwood Hill Climb together with a full supporting lineup of Ferrari cars. The 488 GTB would be the first mid-engined twin-turbo V8 from Ferrari ever since the legendary 288 GTO and F40.
It boasts 650CV and has a one-of-a-kind engine management system that produces torque in a controlled and sustained manner with zero turbo lag and response times similar to that of a naturally-aspirated V8 engine. It comes as no surprise that the vehicle is powered by a new 3902 cc V8 turbo engine that produces an outstanding 670 hp at 8,000 rpm and 760 Nm of torque in the seventh gear.
This is different from the 3855 cc unit that is used on the California T. The rear wheels get power through a modified seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox taken from the 458 Italia. Ferrari said that the gearbox is equipped with a new Variable Torque management system that can smoothly release the torque right across the rev range.
With this engine, the vehicle can accelerate from a standstill to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.0 seconds, and to 200 km/h (124 mph) in 8.3 seconds. It can reach a top speed of 330 km/h or 205 mph. In addition, the 488 GTB can complete a lap on the Fiorano racetrack in only 1 min and 23 seconds, which makes it two seconds faster than the 458 Italia and just half a second faster than the 458 Speciale.
Ferrari’s prowess in technology and innovation is displayed in the track-only FXX-K. It is powered by a V12 engine and hybrid system that consistently produces 1050CV. The “K” in its name refers to the “KERS” kinetic energy recovery system that kicks in to optimize its track performance. The 488 GTB will participate in the Michelin Supercar Run during the Festival of Speed, together with four other cars from Ferrari.
These are the Ferrari California T, F12berlinetta, LaFerrari and the F12 TRS. Furthermore, Ferrari’s Corse Clienti division, which offers cars and support services for clients that take part in the Challenge or international GT series, will bring the 599 XX from the laboratory XX programme.
Another Ferrari car that will join the Hill Climb for GT race cars is the Ferrari 458 Challenge. Former F1 driver, Marc Gené, will drive a 2010 Ferrari F10 Formula 1 car. Supporting him is the Scuderia Ferrari team.