Ferrari has unleashed the much-anticipated open-top version of the
new 488 GTB. It features a retractable hard
top and is only about 100 lbs heavier than the coupe.
The world premiere of the 488 Spider will be at the Frankfurt International Motor Show in September.
488 Spider's Exterior Design
Thanks to a series of complex aero solutions, this is also the most aerodynamically efficient Ferrari spider ever built. Several innovative devices were installed, including a blown spoiler and an aerodynamic underbody incorporating vortex generators.
The air flow studies also took into account factors relating to in-car comfort. The electric glass rear wind stop can be adjusted to one of three positions to guarantee maximum comfort when the top is lowered. Fully lowering the wind stop allows the occupants to enjoy the engine soundtrack even with the roof raised regardless of the weather or driving conditions.
Engineered in Simulator
The introduction of a sophisticated simulator, similar to the one used by the Formula 1 Scuderia, allowed the human factor to influence the car's design from the earliest stages by giving the engineers instant feedback from the test-drivers long before the first 488 prototype was physically built.
To make its dynamic behavior even more engaging, the development team honed the car's mechanical set-up in tandem with its electronic systems which are now fully integrated with the SSC2 Side Slip Angle Control System, resulting in 12% faster acceleration out of corners than the 458 Spider.
Overall, response times are 9% more rapid than the previous Spider. The car's design was adapted to efficiently meet the typical the demands of open-top driving and use.