Ferrari California: Bodywork And Mechanical Features

Ferrari California: Bodywork and mechanical features



The Ferrari California boasts a front-mounted longitudinal 4.3 liter, 4297 cc engine featuring a new direct fuel injection system and a wet sump lubrication. The car maximum power is 460 HP at 7750 rpm with a specific power of 107 HP/liter. The maximum torque is 480 Newton meter at 5000 rpm but already at 2250 rpm the engine gives the 75% of the maximum torque value. The maximum engine speed is 8000 rpm.

It is an innovative hard-top convertible which allows a volume of 260 liters in the boot with the roof down. The hard top opens in 14 seconds with the windows open and in 16 seconds when they are closed. The use of aluminum panels and cast aluminum supporting structure has allowed to considerably optimizing the total weight and the moving masses.


The Ferrari California is fitted with three point pretension seat belts with energy management system for driver and front passenger, two front adaptive airbags which are activated in case of head-on collisions with variable power depending on the impact severity, two side airbags for head protection – which are activated during side collisions -, two injectable roll bars installed behind the rear seats which area actuated in the event of the vehicle roll overs, head collision at higher speed, side or rear collision. The rear seats are fitted with three-point seat belts with energy management system and specific fastening for the installation of child car seats.

The Ferrari California reduces fuel consumption thanks to the introduction of the direct fuel injection system and the optimization of the aerodynamics, at a torque curve providing substantial values and the reduction of the mechanical frictions at low res. The direct fuel injection system consists of a low pressure pump that takes the fuel from the tank and sends it to the two high-pressure pumps. The high pressure pumps, driven by the cam shaft, increase the pressure from 5 bars to a maximum of 200 bars. The pressure in the fuel injector rails depends on the functioning conditions, but it is adjusted by the engine management ECU. The target pressure is reached thanks to proper flow adjustment valves mounted on the two fuel pumps. A pressure sensor for each fuel injector rail checks that the target pressure has been reached.

Cost of maintenance has been reduced by simplifying and dropping the number of maintenance operations and by increasing the duration and quality of the car components.

As every Ferrari, the Ferrari California has a truly unique design approach and technology innovations to achieve indisputable performance and driving experience under all weather conditions. Inquiry about the new V12-660 bph FF or the acclaimed 458 Spider.

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