Ferrari California 2009: Tweaked by a 7-time Formula One World Champion

Thursday, August 28, 2008, 20:36 by Auto Correspondent

Michael Schumacher, the recently retired seven-time Formula One world champion was instrumental in the development of the Ferrari California that will be launched at the Paris Motor Show.

Photo: Michael Schumacher in a Ferrari california; top down, baby!

Photo: Michael Schumacher in a Ferrari california; top down, baby!

The 2009 Ferrari California sportscar that will be unveiled at the Paris Motor Show 2008 has been tinkered with by seven-time Formula One Champion Michael Schumacher.

Schumacher worked with the Ferrari engineers, technicians and test-drivers, right from the start of development to fine-tune the performance of the 2009 Ferrari California.

Photo: Ferrari California will be unveiled at Paris Auto Show 2008

Photo: Ferrari California will be unveiled at Paris Auto Show 2008

For starters, Schumacher revised the suspension of the 2009 Ferrari California for better performance. He was in charge of development testing, and turing the car’s performance parameters. After retiring from Formula One, Schumi has surely been busy.

Paris Motor Show debut for Ferrari California: Photo of hardtop folding

Paris Motor Show debut for Ferrari California: Photo of hardtop folding

Michael Schumacher has said that though the 2009 Ferrari California is very much a Grand Tourer in terms of its usability and high level of interior comfort, it is still surprisingly sporty and fun to drive under any kind of conditions. Oh, and it has a retractable hardtop that folds into the boot in under 15 seconds.

The 2009 Ferrari California, that can go from 0 to 100 km/hr in less than 4 seconds, will be equipped with a new 4.3-liter V-8 engine set in the front instead of the rear, a first in the history of Ferrari. The V-8 engine will have a flat crankshaft and direct fuel injection to produce 460 horsepower that drives the rear wheels at 7,500 rpm. The California will have an exclusive, revised version of theĀ  F1-Trac traction control system featured in the 599 GTB Fiorano.

Wait for the official launch at Paris 2008!

Wait for the official launch at Paris 2008!

The interior of the 2009 Ferrari California will be lush, and trimmed with quality materials developed by Ferrari artisans. The soft and plush interiors with carbon fiber and magnesium seats that sit very low that just about allow you to see vehicles behind you.

The 2009 Ferrari California will be the first model from the Ferrari stable to have a 7-speed dual transmission system. The dual transmission system promises to reduce fuel consumption and emissions.

The 2009 Ferrari California will also have a manual transmission system that may be on the lines of the six-speed 612 Scaglietti version. The mid-front-engined 2009 Ferrari California will have a new HGTC pack, and a manual gearbox.

The California will also have a set of lightweight wheels and Brembo brakes with carbon-ceramic material discs.

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