WorldWide Tech & Science. Francisco De Jesùs.
At the 2014 Geneva International Motor Show, in Italy, Ferrari presented the California T, the new V8 Prancing Horse, apparently, will be the king of the event. Flanking the Ferrari stand to find revolutionary sports four doors and four-wheel drive from Maranello, the FF, wearing a new Apple CarPlay system.
This means that, from March 4th, Ferrari clients will enjoy the smart, safe and fun way of using the iPhone in the car. CarPlay provides iPhone users an incredibly intuitive way to make calls, use maps, listen to music and access messages with just a touch or a word. Users can easily control CarPlay from car interface or simply press and release the button on the steering wheel voice control to activate Siri without being distracted.
Behind the engine and catching all that power is an F1 dual-clutch, seven-gear flappy paddle gearbox. Top speed when the horses reach the tires is 196 mph (316 km/h) and it does 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.6 seconds thanks in part to a weight-to-power ratio of 2.9 kg/bhp.
In the front of the California T is a double wishbone suspension and in the rear is a multilink suspension. There are also new 11 percent stiffer springs, the latest-generation Magnaride dampers, and body motion accelerometers to reduce roll and pitch while providing more precise speeding and a more comfortable ride.
On the new 19-in alloy wheels are Brembo CCM3 carbon-ceramic brakes with new composite discs and pads that Ferrari claims wear so lightly that they may last through the California T’s entire life, yet have enough friction to bring the car to a dead stop from 100 km/h (62 mph) in 34 meters (111 ft).
As far as the interior of the California T is concerned, Ferrari has gone for an ergonomic design as well as trimming the cabin in semi-aniline leather. There’s also a lot of boot space, which is surprising in a retractable hardtop, though Ferrari did have to make an entry hatch through the back seats for stowing the golf clubs when the top’s down.
Speaking of seats, the new California T has new, lighter seats with "extremely high containment" and new foam shaping for comfort during long journeys. However, Ferrari confesses that though the California T does seat four, the two in the back should be children if you’re going on a long trip because legroom is not exactly generous back there.
A highlight of the California T’s cockpit is the Human-Machine Interface, which is how Ferrari describes how it’s taken off all the steering column stalks and moved their controls to the steering wheel spokes. Even the flappy paddles are set more flush with the wheel. Backlit for night driving, the new controls are designed for faster, more intuitive operation.
Between the air vents, where other cars have little clocks, is the Turbo Performance Engineer (TPE) , which is a touch-controlled display that gives the driver pointers on how to get the most out of the California T’s engine.
For those who want something a bit less petrolhead-minded, there’s the infotainment system with a WVGA screen, a satnav with 3D mapping, USB ports under the armrests, and a new audio system that pumps 1,280-watts for when tune-cranking is imperative.
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