In the car industry, there isn’t much self-referencing, because only a few brands have enough history to reference. One of them is Ferrari, whose history is so voluminous that there is always something that can be redeveloped, even when we’re talking about the most recent models. A good example is the new mid-engine car making its debut at the Geneva auto show, replacing the 488 GTB and representing its technical evolution. Its name, F8 Tributo, was chosen to suggest family links to the brand’s smaller models with V8 engine behind the seats, a dynasty that was launched in the mid 1970s with the legendary 308. The design of the new Tributo is by Centro Stile Ferrari, and it is not massively different from the 488. But it is tighter, slimmer, more aggressive, with lots of references to other cars, such as the Lexan engine cover, straight from the classic 1980s F40.
Power and control
The transparent engine cover reveals the latest version of the V8 twin-turbo which supplies a record-breaking power of 185 HP/litre, making it the most powerful engine ever on a production Ferrari. In total it produces 720 HP at 8,000 rpm, with 770 Nm torque from 3,250 rpm, with a turbo lag that, according to the engineers at the Maranello factory, is virtually nil. But, leaving aside the numbers, this is a supercar designed to enable the driver to attain maximum performance as easily as possible, with a series of features such as Side Slip Angle Control, which has reached version 6.1. In addition, a new feature is the “Race” position of the “Ferrari Dynamic Enhancer.” This electronic system helps the driver to perform drift cornering without any loss of speed.
As regards the body, when compared to the 488 GTB the overall weight is 40 kg less. The Tributo’s aerodynamics is based directly on race cars, with solutions such as the front radiators sloping backwards, the dynamic turbo ducts that have been moved from the side to the external part of the spoiler, and the S-Duct on the front bumper. These developments have increased aerodynamic downforce by 15%. Inside, the car presents the classic “cockpit” style typical of 8-cylinder mid-rear cars. All parts of the dash, panels and transmission tunnel have been updated in design.