There's a new supercar king in town.
The Nürburgring gets the bulk of our attention when it comes to lap times – but it's not the only race track in the world, of course. Heck, it's not even the only one in Germany. Arguably second only to the Green Hell is Hockenheim, where the Ferrari 488 Pista just set a new lap record.
The hardcore, eight-cylinder, twin-turbocharged supercar clocked a lap time of 1:45.9 around the grand-prix circuit. That's 1.4 seconds faster than the previous production-car record, set just a few months ago in arch-rival Lamborghini's Aventador SVJ.
The feat was accomplished by German magazine Sport Auto, which has a knack for undertaking such endeavors. Its test driver Christian Gebhardt was behind the wheel, just as he was in the Lambo. And you can watch the record-setting lap go down in the video above.
The 488 Pista, for those unfamiliar, is the more focused version of the Ferrari 488 GTB. Its 3.9-liter twin-turbo V8 has been retuned to deliver 710 horsepower and 568 lb-ft of torque (up from 661 hp and 561 lb-ft), with everything from the transmission and suspension to the interior and bodywork tightened up and stripped down.
As a result, it's able to reach 62 mph from a standstill in 2.85 seconds, top out at 211 mph, and lap the Fiorano test circuit (as pictured here) in 1:21.5 – a solid second and a half faster than the 488 GTB.
At this point, the Tifosi might point out that the 488 Pista is not the latest iteration of the breed. Ferrari has since revealed the new F8 Tributo, packing the same engine specs as the Pista. But with a relatively higher curb weight, Maranello quotes slightly slower figures for the Tributo – including a Fiorano lap time a full second slower.