The Ferrari 488 Pista is fast. Very, very fast. But we’re not quite sure how fast, as Ferrari tends to opt out of official lap record chasing and likes to avoid comparison tests with objective performance benchmarks. But Sport Auto, a German car magazine, managed to set a hot lap in the 488 Pista at the Nürburgring.
The 488 Pista set a 7:00.03 lap. Not a record, but damned quick all the same. Christian Gebhardt, the magazine’s test driver, was behind the wheel. Since it wasn’t done by a pro driver and wasn’t an officially sanctioned manufacturer time, it’s not directly comparable to traditional lap records, but it’s still a useful point of reference.
The record time to beat is 6:44.97, set by a Lamborghini Aventador SVJ at the ‘Ring in 2018. But the 488 Pista was far off that pace, instead nearly tying Lamborghini Aventador SV LP 750-4's 2015 lap time of 6.59.73.
As per usual with Nürburgring lap times, it’s amazing to watch. The drivers who do this are truly insane, flying through blind corner after blind corner with precious little room for error. It’s not the fastest time ever, but it’s an impressive feat nonetheless.