Design & Styling
The Ferrari California is ideal for those looking for a highly exclusive sports car, that consider driving enjoyment a value to pursue on every occasion: a weekend out of town, a long journey, shopping in the city, or simply getting to the office. The rear baggage space has a capacity which is unique for a convertible of this type. The boot, for the first time, connects directly to the rear bench or seats via the folding seat-back. When folded down, the hard-top takes up only 100 of the 340 liters in the luggage compartment, thus saving plenty of storage capacity. A wide opening of the luggage compartment level with the bottom simplifies the various operations. The large amount of space available allows two large and two small suitcases to be accommodated or, with the seat back folded down, two golf bags, skis, or snowboards.
Ferrari once again turned to its historical partner Pininfarina for the design of the California. The result was muscular, flowing, sculpted lines where considerable attention was paid to ensuring perfect proportions and harmoniously balanced volumes with the roof up or down.
Work on defining the styling was undertaken in close collaboration with Ferrari’s own in-house Styling Centre, and great emphasis was placed on characterizing the design and function of every individual detail to confer an immediate and lasting sense of quality and bespoke craftsmanship.
The sides are characterized by a strong dynamic line rising to the level of the door handle, to create a powerful and muscular outline of the rear wheel arch, in line with the car’s character. The waist is high, while convex and concave surfaces follow each other with pleasing fluidity. The nose, which takes up the characteristics of the side and rear lines, has the teardrop lighting cluster and the slatted radiator grill typical of Ferrari.
Interiors are characterized by high quality materials and craftsmanship of the finest leather to cover the dash, the interior and the seats with couture precision. The seats can be adjusted in every conceivable way to give any driver exactly the right position. The back-rest structure is in magnesium, designed to achieve the maximum in comfort and ergonomics while reducing weight at the same time. The new infotainment system, with its 6.5-inch touch-screen display and its intuitive controls, offers maximum functionality and ease of use.
A car 4.56 meters long, with the space to comfortably seat a driver or passenger which represent more than the 99 percentile of the population’s stature, and making possible the novel 2+ configuration with a large useable space behind the rear seats. The car allows, on request, a rear seating area with two seats and Isofix attachments, indicated for hosting two children. Alternatively, the client can request a bench with the space for storing two travel trolleys or two light golf bags. In both versions there is a fold-down rear seat-back, allowing the California to be used in different situations by linking the cockpit with the spacious 340-litre boot, which becomes 240 liters with the roof down.
The Ferrari California is equipped with the exclusive traction control system originally introduced on the 599 GTB Fiorano and subsequently adopted on the 430 Scuderia.
The system is the result of the experience built up over the years in the racing world and allows even less experienced drivers to get the most out of the car’s potential in terms of performance on bends, safety and stability.
The F1-Trac estimates the maximum road-holding available by continuously monitoring the relative speeds of the wheels. It then compares them with a vehicle handling model memorized in the control system, and subsequently optimizes performance by acting on the engine torque output. The F1- Trac is faster and more precise than a traditional stability control and is capable of delaying and minimizing the engine torque corrections required to mantain the desired trajectory.
The result is an average increase of 20% in acceleration on exiting curves compared to a traditional control system, greater stability, and ease of steering even under race conditions.
Retractable Hard Top
The retractable hard top (RHT) is unique in terms of its movement, opening/closing speed, stowage method and materials used. The Ferrari California RHT differs from others in that several movements take place simultaneously rather than sequentially, thus optimizing the length of time it takes to complete the entire opening/closing cycle (total cycle time is 14 seconds).
The two sections fold neatly onto each other’s concave side, which leaves much more space available for the boot, a total of 260 litters, in fact. This stowage system is so efficient that even when the top is down, two pieces of luggage can still fit in the boot.
Gearbox with Dual Clutch
The gearbox has always been an important and distinctive component for Ferrari cars. The California’s transmission is dual clutch with seven gears, maintaining the traditional F1 controls on the steering wheel. It is an innovative gearbox that ensures higher performances and greater driving comfort and, at the same time, it is more efficient and requires less maintenance. It is indeed like having two parallel gearboxes, where the dual clutch permits independent control of the odd and even gears and their pre-selection.
In this way the gear change occurs in close-to-zero times and without wheel torque interruption. The so-called acceleration gap is eliminated, obtaining a new driving sensation and performances improvement. In the automatic mode the dual clutch transmission guarantees the highest values of comfort and drivability. Positioned with rear overhang following the traditional transaxle system, it contributes to the ideal weight distribution, with 53% of the total weight of the vehicle at the rear and 47% at the front axis.
The new dual clutch transmission (DCT) increases driving comfort and performance under sporty driving conditions, with seven speeds, reverse, electro-hydraulic operation and no torque converter.
The Ferrari California’s suspension retains the traditional double wishbone system on the front while a new generation of multilink suspension has been specifically developed for the rear. The multilink system increases the longitudinal flexibility of the suspension, retaining high values of transversal rigidity. This means greater impact absorption capacity and lower vibration and acoustic levels.
For the Ferrari California, the magneto-rheological dampers used for the first time on the Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano are available upon request. Compared to traditional olio-dynamic systems, these systems provide much shorter response times because they do not have mechanical controls and adjustments. As a result the movement of the vehicle body is significantly reduced under high performance driving conditions.
The roll-bar is a passive safety feature designed to protect occupants should the car roll over. The system is installed behind the backrest of the rear seats and is hidden by the rear backrest trim so it is normally not visible.
The safety control unit will detect if the car begins to roll over and deploys the roll-bar in a breathtakingly fast 190 ms.
HELE stands for High Emotion Low Emissions and is a system designed to reduce C02 emissions without taking away from the joy of driving a Ferrari.
The HELE System works by utilizing a variety of technical measures including a start/stop function that can restart the car in 230 milliseconds, intelligent engine fan and fuel pump control, electronically controlled variable displacement air-conditioning technology and adaptive gear shifts. The result is a 23 percent reduction in C02 emissions.
The Ferrari California fitted with the HELE System shows that the purveyor of the Prancing Horse understands the world is constantly changing ? and Ferrari is doing its best to continue to build the cars it’s known for while staying in tune with the current climate of the world.