The first ever Ferrari to give a damn about environment feature Stop&Start system is a a version of the California Convertible presented at the 2010 Paris Motor Show. Ferrari calls their system the HELE (High Emotion Low Emissions) system which is designed to enhance driving pleasure whilst reducing environmental impact. They say in urban driving, this system reduce emissions by 23 per cent.
So instead of the normal California that emits 299 g/km Co2, this model is rated at best-in-class 270 g/km. This is thanks to a finely tuned balance between energy demanded (vehicle efficiency) and the increase in energy generated (engine efficiency), a result achieved through the introduction of innovative solutions and the optimisation of numerous technological features.
The base of the HELE system is Stop&Start system but there’s more to it. It has intelligent system for engine fan and fuel pump control, electronically-controlled variable displacement air-conditioning technology and gear shifts that adapt to driving style.
And in case you were worry about it, the Stop&Start system restarts the car in just 230 milliseconds!
Ferrari also offers new option for the California at the Paris Show, like 16 standard exterior colours in the range, and two-tone finishes or three-layer paint technology. Other options include an even wider choice of leather finishes, including water-repellent leather.