Ferrari unveils Handling Speciale (HS) package for California T

Article by Andrew Christian, on January 28, 2016

The Ferrari California T could now be availed with the brand-new Handling Speciale (HS) option. This new optional package from Ferrari -- the Handling Speciale – provides a series of specific calibrations and a set-up that could make the already athletic California T sportier, especially when it is in Sport mode.

Handling Speciale includes new damper settings and modified springs that make the California T stiffer. While this package may reduce the ride comfort, it allows for a sportier feedback, which is made more promising by a new engine sound that intensifies as revs rise.

This new HS package features 16-percent stiffer front springs and 19-percent stiffer rear springs, resulting to enhanced body control due to lower roll, dive and pitch. This feedback is especially welcomed when drivers are tackling challenging routes laden with twisty roads, adding more juice to the already versatile and high performing California T.

When availed, the HS option modifies the gear-shift logic for the Sport mode -- both in automatic and manual – paving way for a sportier gear engagement during both up- and down-shifts. The remarkable variations in Sport mode are a result of a new strategy for the SCM3 magnetorheological dampers, which now boast of faster response and higher efficiency.

Likewise, the modified F1-Trac logic helps the California T accelerate better, especially when exiting corners and on bumpy road surfaces. Moreover, the HS package comes with a new exhaust system with silencers featuring two primary pipes.

This exhaust system also boasts of a new geometry designed to produce an exhaust note that intensifies progressively as engine speed increases. Ferrari had the exhaust developed along with the engine and gearbox control software in order to make sure that its sounds highlight the improvements in performance – making them fuller and richer.

In fact, drivers could instantly appreciate the new sound of the exhaust as soon as they press the Start button. Of course, the HS package also endows the California T with a sportier look, without affecting the vehicle’s signature elegance and sophistication.

To achieve this, the package comes with a new front grille in matte Grigio Ferro Met and a rear diffuser in the same color with matte black fences and matte black tailpipes. Moreover, the package comes with a special plaque in the cockpit indicating that it was fitted with the HS optional kit. Ferrari will unveil the new HS package at the Geneva International Motor Show.

Press Release

CALIFORNIA T – INTRODUCING THE NEW HS HANDLING OPTION FOR AN EVEN SPORTIER DRIVING EXPERIENCE

The California T, Ferrari’s immensely successful front-engined V8 model with retractable hard top and 2+ seating configuration, is now available with the brand-new Handling Speciale (HS) option.

Clients the world over have been so impressed with the California T’s ideal combination of performance and versatility that it has become the benchmark for all high-performance Grand Tourers. Now owners looking for an even more sporty driving experience, particularly on challenging, twisty routes, have a new optional package to meet their needs.

The Handling Speciale option offers a series of specific calibrations and a set-up that lends an extra edge, especially in the manettino’s Sport mode. This bespoke solution incorporates new damper settings and modified springs that make the car stiffer which, although marginally reducing the ride comfort, results in even sportier feedback, aided and abetted by the new engine sound that increases as revs rise.

The gear-shift logic for the Sport mode has been modified (both in automatic and manual), resulting in faster, sportier gear engagement during both up- and down-shifts.

The HS package also includes 16% stiffer front springs and 19% stiffer ones at the rear with a consequent increase in body control thanks to lower roll, dive and pitch.

The differences in Sport mode are underscored by a new strategy for the SCM3 magnetorheological dampers that increases their speed of response and improves their efficiency. The revised F1-Trac logic helps ensure even better acceleration, particularly when exiting corners and on more bumpy road surfaces.

The HS package also includes a new exhaust system with silencers featuring two primary pipes and a new geometry designed to yield an exhaust note that increases progressively as engine speed increases, with a sound in keeping with the car’s more sporty character.

The exhaust was developed in tandem with the engine and gearbox control software to underline the performance gains, with a more rapid response and improved sound and volume when driven hard.

The exhaust’s new timbre is instantly recognisable as soon as the driver hits the Start button. It is fuller, richer and more involving at all speeds and in all driving situations.

On an aesthetic level, certain elements have been highlighted to underscore the HS package’s sporty vocation while still retaining the California T’s signature elegance and sophistication. These include the new front grille in matte Grigio Ferro Met and the rear diffuser in the same colour with matte black fences and matte black tailpipes. A special plaque in the cockpit also indicates that the car sports the HS optional package.

The new option makes its official debut at the upcoming Geneva International Motor Show.

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