Video: Ferrari SA Aperta 599 Roadster and Ferrari California With HELE System

By Auto News Log • September 30th, 2010

Ferrari’s highly anticipated SA Aperta (aka the 599 Roadster) has made its public debut at the Paris Motor Show.

Built to celebrate Pininfarina’s 80th anniversary, the Aperta is “an authentic roadster” that features a lowered windscreen, a reduced ride height, and two aerodynamic buttresses which are integrated into the roll bar hoops.

Under the hood, a 6.0-liter V12 engine produces 670 PS (493 kW / 661 hp) and 620 Nm (457 lb-ft) of torque. It enables the 1705 kg (3759 lb) roadster to accelerate from 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 3.6 seconds, before hitting a top speed of 325 km/h (202 mph).

Production is limited to 80 units and, rumor has it, they have all been spoken for.

Ferrari has also premièred the California model at the Paris motor show fitted with its new HELE (High Emotion Low Emissions) system.

The comprehensive technology is designed to lessen the CO2 emissions of the car while at the same time boosting efficiency and performance.

The technology features a complex system of intelligent electronics, including a stop/start system with a 230 milliseconds re-start time that does not impact the drive experience at all and is also made ideal for F1-inspired left-foot braking. The HELE system also electronically controls components such as the engine fan, fuel pump, air-conditioning compressor and adaptively controls the gear-shift pattern to optimize the car’s workings as a whole and maximize the efficient use of energy.

The HELE system on the Ferrari California reduces the model’s CO2 emissions from 299 g/km to 270 g/km. In urban driving, emissions fall by 23 percent compared to the standard California without HELE.

Those electronic transmission adjustments that respond to the driving style can also make for an additional 25 Nm of torque to be available.


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