2010 Geneva Motor Show: Ferrari California receives Stop & Start system

Article by Christian Andrei, on February 28, 2010

Yesterday we showed you the Ferrari HY-KERS vettura laboratorio (experimental vehicle) also known as 599 GTB Hybrid which made its debut at the Geneva Motor Show, but it appears this is not the only way the Italian manufacturer wants to make its cars more eco friendly.

The Ferrari California will now be available with a Stop & Start, which will help it reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by 6 per cent in the ECE + EUDC combined cycle.

According to the manufacturer the California will deliver 280 g/km of CO2 emissions, impressive we'd say... for a Ferrari of course!

And don't thinks the Stop & Start system will affect the car's performances, because it will not! Ferrari says that the engine is restarted in just 230 milliseconds, a time so fast that the driver barely notices the engine restarting. Another solution for reducing fuel consumption was reducing friction within the engine.

California's direct-injection V8, for example, has eliminated the 'pumping' losses created by the changes in pressure below the pistons.

Here is the solution found by Ferrari: "Inserting purge valves in the crankcase below the crank throws allows blow-by gas and oil compressed during the combustion phase to leave the crankcase without being drawn back in during the compression phase.

This ensures a direct increase in engine efficiency. In addition DLC (Diamond Like Carbon) coatings on the valve followers and super-finishing of the cam lobes reduces friction in the valve train and contributes to the overall improvement in engine friction."

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