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This 85-Horsepower Superkart Almost Put A 710-Horsepower Ferrari 488 Pista To Shame

The Ferrari 488 Pista faced stiff competition from a Division 1 superkart!

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The Ferrari 488 Pista is no joke. It makes over 700 horses from its V-8 mill and can sprint to 60 mph from rest in under three seconds. With these specs, you’d expect it to take on the best of the best in straight-line races. But, ‘Driven Media’ had other thoughts and decided to pit it against an unlikely competitor – a superkart. On paper, it’s no match to the Prancing Horse, but on the drag strip, the Ferrari faced stiff competition from it. Sounds insane, doesn’t it?

The Ferrari Makes Over 600 Horses More But Weighs Six Times More Than The Superkart

This 85-Horsepower Superkart Almost Put A 710-Horsepower Ferrari 488 Pista To Shame
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The Ferrari 488 Pista comes with a 3.9-liter, twin-turbo V-8 engine that produces 710 horses and 568 pound-feet of torque. Power is channeled to the wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox. With all the gadgetry and ingenious devices, the Pista can cost you close to half a million dollars.

The little pocket-rocket is a Division 1 superkart. It features a two-stroke, 0.25-liter engine that puts out 85 horses

. Power is routed to the rear wheels here via a six-speed sequential gearbox. You can get yourself a superkart for as low as $12,000.

This 85-Horsepower Superkart Almost Put A 710-Horsepower Ferrari 488 Pista To Shame
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The Pista weighs around 2,820 pounds, whereas the superkart is said to weigh just around 400 pounds. At one point, the host notes it weighs around 440 pounds with the driver. So, we aren’t sure which weight figure to go with, but you get the gist.

The Drag And Rolling Races Belonged To The Pista, But Not The Moose Test

This 85-Horsepower Superkart Almost Put A 710-Horsepower Ferrari 488 Pista To Shame
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First up was the drag race where the superkart started well, but lost to Pista at the quarter-mile mark. The Pista took 10.2 seconds to the finish line, whereas the superkart was just 0.8 seconds slower to reach the mark.

Next up was a rolling race where the superkart was shoulder-to-shoulder with the Italian at the beginning, but couldn’t keep up till the end. In superkart’s defense, they aren’t meant to hit really high speeds (over 160-170 mph) and are all about the quick acceleration. The third round was the brake test where the two went up against each other thrice. The Pista won two of these and the Superkart one.

This 85-Horsepower Superkart Almost Put A 710-Horsepower Ferrari 488 Pista To Shame
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Finally, there was the moose test at different speeds. Given the agility and the size of the superkart, it’s no surprise it beat the Ferrari clean.

There Ferrari was no match at 50 mph, 60 mph, and 70 mph. The superkart attempted a run at 80 mph, too, and it was a flawless attempt. The superkart driver mention he could go up by another 10 or 20 mph and complete the moose test successfully. Credit to the driver’s skills there, too,

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Sidd Dhimaan
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Sidd joined the Topspeed.com team in 2017 as an intern and in less than a year he earned a full-time position as an associate editor and junior automotive expert. Fast forward to today, and he is currently serving as a senior editor, pickup truck expert, and EV expert.  Read full bio
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