Ferrari has premiered the California model at the Paris motor show fitted with its new HELE (High Emotion Low Emissions) system system designed to reduce the environmental impact of its cars whilst boosting theirperformance and driving pleasure. The comprehensive technology is designed to lessen the CO2 emissions of the car while at the same time boosting efficiency and performance.
HELE, which stands for High Emotion Low Emissions, allows the California to produce 299 g/km of CO2 on the combined ECE+EUDC cycle while boosting performance. In urban driving, emissions fall by 23 percent compared to the standard California without HELE.
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.
They have done so using features designed specifically to allow the driver to restart the engine not just by releasing the brake pedal, but also by using the accelerator pedal (ideal for people who left-foot brake) or the UP paddle mounted on the steering wheel.
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.