Breaking News: Ferrari 488 Pista vs McLaren 720S at Magny-Cours Circuit

Just recently, Motorsport Magazine has brought out the Ferrari 488 Pista and tested it at Magny-Cours circuit. The result was simply amazing and surprisingly even for a number of Ferrari and McLaren 720S fans. So what happened in this clash between Ferrari 488 Pista vs McLaren 720S? Let’s find out!

Table of Content:
1. Ferrari 488 Pista Overview
2. McLaren 720S Overview
3. Ferrari 488 Pista vs McLaren 720S records
4. Final Thought

1. Ferrari 488 Pista Overview

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  • Engine: 3.9-litre twin-turbocharged V-8
  • Power: 710 hp @ 8000 rpm
  • Torque: 568 lb-ft @ 3000 rpm
  • Transmission: 7-speed dual-clutch automatic
  • Top Speed: 211 mph
  • 0-60mph Acceleration: 2.8 sec
  • 0-100mph Acceleration: 5.4 sec

The Ferrari 488 Pista was first revealed at Geneva Motor Show 2018 as the fourth addition to Ferrari’s line of limited-edition, track-focused versions of mid-engine V-8 two-seaters. The word “Pista” is Italian for “track” and as we may have guessed, this 488 Pista has a tremendous capability.

Since the 488 Pista is a more enhanced version of the old 488 GTB, there are quite a number of new things. It still keeps the 3.9-litre twin-turbocharged V-8 engine; however, 50% of the engine’s parts are new and thus, the power got bumped 50 more horsepower (from 660hp to 710hp). Of course, gaining 50 more horsepower is not the only thing Ferrari 488 Pista features. The car also includes modification for engine cooling, along with major changes for the bodywork, total weight, aerodynamics, and notably the latest update of Side-Slip Control 6.0.

In overall, the Ferrari 488 Pista got quite lots of treatments given its track-focused purpose. So what about the McLaren 720S?

2. McLaren 720S Overview

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  • Engine: 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V-8
  • Power: 710 hp @ 7500 rpm
  • Torque: 568 lb-ft @ 5500 rpm
  • Transmission: 7-speed dual-clutch automatic
  • Top Speed: 211 mph
  • 0-60mph Acceleration: 2.7 sec
  • 0-100mph Acceleration: 5.3 sec

The McLaren 720S represents the very first time McLaren replacing one of their core models and it is also the second model of the Super Series. According McLaren, 91% of the 720S is new, including tons of new enhancements, including the upgraded Proactive Chassis Control II, the new Monocage II, and the outstanding aerodynamic. If we just take a look at its exterior and interior alone, we can also see significant design change throughout its bodywork and high-tech cockpit. What comes out from all those enhancements is an incredible low-weight beast with incredible driving sensation.

In terms of technology enhancement, clearly McLaren 720S also got extensive changes. And now, let’s see the battle between Ferrari 488 Pista vs McLaren 720S!

3. Ferrari 488 Pista vs McLaren 720S records

Ferrari 488 Pista vs McLaren 720S at Magny-Cours Circuit

Back on July 2018, Motorsport Magazine did a run with McLaren 720S at Magny-Cours Circuit and the result was simply phenomenal. The car was recorded to finish the circuit under the lap-time of 1’47’’05 with Pirelli PZero Trofeo R tyres, making it the fastest car which finished the circuit at the moment (surpassing Lamborghini Huracan Performante with lap-time of 1’47’’52).

Then just recently on December 2018, they also did the same run with Ferrari 488 Pista and turned out, it hit the finish line approx. 2 seconds faster than McLaren 720S. To be more specific, the 488 Pista finished under the lap-time of 1’44’’90 with the Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 R.

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If we based on this result alone then yes, Ferrari 488 Pista triumphed over McLaren 720S. That said, some people pointed out that it was not fair when the two cars used different tyres since such element can cause a major different when it comes to track. There is also rumor that Ferrari tends to have the press cars better than the actual production cars. However since this is only a rumor, let’s suppose that the 488 Pista they tested was a legit production car.

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Interesting enough, DragTimes also did a drag race test with Ferrari 488 Pista vs McLaren 720S. This time, the result was completely different: while the 488 Pista seems to have upper hand during the initial boost. However, at 130mph mark the 488 Pista shows some lack-down and thus, the 720S easily surpasses it afterwards. So in this case, McLaren 720S is the winner although to be fair, we have to commend the Ferrari 488 Pista since it actually did a really good job.  

Ferrari 488 Pista vs McLaren 720S: stats comparison

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In terms of engine, both cars are turbocharged, which is kind of common given the supercar standard in 2018. Next, both cars also share quite similar powerhouse, featuring a 710 horsepower and 568 lb-ft of torque. However, the McLaren 720S can reach 710 hp @ 7500 rpm while it is 710 hp @ 8000 rpm for Ferrari 488 Pista. Also on the other hand, the McLaren 720S surpasses the 488 Pista’s stat with 568 lb-ft @ 5500 rpm (McLaren 720S)over 568 lb-ft @ 3000 rpm (Ferrari 488 Pista).

In terms of top speed, both cars seem to be in equal since they are said to be able to surpass 211mph. Then in case of acceleration, on papers the 488 Pista comes really close with the 720S with the record of 2.8 sec from 0 to 60mph and 5.4 sec from 0 to 100mph. Both of these numbers are only 1 second behind the 720S. Yet according to DragTimes’ test, the 488 Pista surprisingly gets a quicker boost than the 720S during the initial 0-130mph.

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In terms of practicality, both McLaren 720S and Ferrari 488 Pista are mid-engined 2-seater supercars so clearly we cannot hope both of them to accommodate more than 2 people. But in terms of storage, Mclaren 720S seems to be on the winner side here with 150-litre trunk on the front and 200-litre boot at the back. Whereas the 488 Pista features a good 230-litre boot, yet again, the 720S does have an upper-hand this time.

4. Final Thought

So far, it is hard to say who is the definite winner between Ferrari 488 Pista vs McLaren 720S. If we just based on what we’ve seen so far, both Ferrari 488 Pista and McLaren 720S seem to be equal in this battle, though we still need more test before we can say for certain. Furthermore, let’s note that the 488 Pista is a track-focused version, while the track version of the 720S has not been revealed yet. And judging by the current result between the 488 Pista and the 720S, there is a good chance that the track-focused version of 720S can win against the 488 Pista by a further margin.

Still it is just a wild prediction. But what do you think? Which car do you think is the winner: Ferrari 488 Pista vs McLaren 720S? Feel free to share with us and for now, thank you and stay tune for more news in the future!

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