Ferrari, You Know How to Push My Buttons..

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I’ve got a bit of a thing for blue Ferraris. TDF Blue, Blue Chiaro, those mid blue, metallic coloured Ferraris hit the spot for me at an early age, with a big V12 Daytona a childhood memory. And yes, I like my Ferraris with the engine in the front. Two of my most memorable Ferrari drives have been a TDF Blue 456GT and a huge Ferrari 599GTB. The 599 will never be a nimble car, but that monster of an Enzo engine in the front, with a flywheel the size of a tea cup meant it put a big smile on my face. And it was blue.

[quote]The engine produces a powerful, engaging sound during both the intake and exhaust phases, becoming even more potent as engine speed increases. [/quote]

So now, they go and release these images of the new California T and complete my wish list with a pair of small turbos. If memory serves, this is the first turbocharged production Ferrari since the F40., in the year that turbos return to F1. More than any other car manufacturer, Ferrari know how to use their Formula One marketing tool to the max, with V6 Turbos returning this year, it brings back memories of Silverstone GP, around 1994, standing right by the pitlane entance, Jean Alesi’s crazy staring blue eyes and Marlboro written in the rear wing, the heat from the engine as he braked for the speed limit line entering the pits just a few feet from us. And flames on the overrun of course.

Ferrari’s press information on the California T makes it clear that they’ve paid great attention to the exhaust tone, some I’m expecting great things. They say; “The use of special manufacturing techniques for essential components, such as the flat-plane crankshaft and the three-piece cast exhaust manifold and turbo housing. The engine produces a powerful, engaging sound during both the intake and exhaust phases, becoming even more potent as engine speed increases. This the first time a result of this kind has ever been achieved with a turbo engine.”

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There’s no turbo lag either, it seems, “This is also the first time virtually zero turbo lag has been achieved on an engine of this type, guaranteeing instantaneous response to commands and, as with naturally-aspirated power units, a torque curve that increases constantly across the rev range thanks to Variable Boost Management.”

“The direct-injection, 3855 cc turbo 8-cylinder is mounted very low in the chassis in a mid-front position and delivers 560 cv at 7500 rpm, which translates into a specific power output of 145 cv/l – the highest in its category – as along with maximum torque of 755 Nm. Figures that give the California T extraordinary acceleration over the 0 to 100 km/h sprint which it covers in just 3.6 seconds.”

So here’s my favorite Ferrari. Compact dimensions, the new colour of Blu Califorinia and tan leather interior giving it a seventies Daytona look, plus the modern engine and drivetrain technologies of F1-Trac differential and carbon ceramic brakes.

Pass me a pair of Wayfarers, a credit card, a toothbrush and some alpine roads. See you in a week or so….

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Author: Neill Watson

If you love the sound of the Cosworth V8 as much as the V12 Merlin, the smell of Jet A1 as much as Castrol R and admire the late Ray Hanna as much as Sir Stirling, you’ll find you’re both on the same page. Neill's love of art deco buildings means that his ideal home would be a brilliant white, 1930′s control tower in Southern France, with crisply mown grass, biplane parked on the driveway and a Ferrari 288GTO in the garage. This is something that those around him tolerate, though it does concern them from time to time.

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