Ferrari 488 Pista review: we test prototype of the maximum 488
► We drive a prototype supercar
► Georg Kacher on road and track Challenge Stradale, Scuderia, Speciale, Pista... Ferrarispeak for power, speed, lots of money and restricted availability. We drove a pre-production version of the new 488 Pista in torrential rain, up snowy hills and on a heartbeat-tricky pista. But although the weather did to an extent scotch our high-flying expectations, this Ferrari does warm your heart and butt, even on radically low-friction surfaces. It just wasn't meant to be. Instead of donning the traditional rosso corsa livery, the new Ferrari 488 Pista arrives in Fiorano dressed like a clown in swirly shrink wrap. Matching this drab appearance is the depressing weather, drenching the lowlands and sugar-coated the surrounding hills. This must be the first ever Ferrari launch where the objects of desire are forced to wear skimpy M&S all-seasons tyres; previous-season Pirelli Sottozeros, to be precise. More detail and specs on the Ferrari 488 Pista Assembled in the three-room pit garage, warming their hands while still shaking with cold, the five men in red are sticking their heads together for a rather long time. According to one smartphone, the sun may soon put in an appearance north of Florence; according to another message the autostrada is cramping south of Bologna, and we are running out of time. What to do? 'Vai provare,' says the chief test driver Raffaele de Simone, grabs his helmet and heads for the car, the engine of which is ticking away at idle speed. The man everyone calls Raffa makes a point in taking it easy out on the track shrouded by low-hanging nearly-black clouds. Which is just as well. Because when you follow the speckled 488 on the numerous overhead monitors lined up in the command centre, il cicuito die Fiorano looks more like lake scenery seen from a plane than a proving ground.