• Oct 1, 2010
Ferrari California with HELE System - Click above for high-res image gallery

One theme we have seen so far at this years Paris Motor Show, is automakers showing off vehicles which don't seem to flow with past company history. Ferrari just added a vehicle to the growing list. Have a look at the Ferrari Calfornia fitted with the HELE System. HELE stands for High Emotion Low Emissions and is a system designed to reduce C02 emissions without taking away from the joy of driving a Ferrari.

The HELE System works by utilizing a variety of technical measures including a start/stop function that can restart the car in 230 milliseconds, intelligent engine fan and fuel pump control, electronically controlled variable displacement air-conditioning technology and adaptive gear shifts. The result is a 23 percent reduction in C02 emissions.

We joke about automakers moving away from their traditional vehicles, but it's these types of cars that allow them to continue to build the ones we love. There probably would be no Porsche GT2 RS without the Cayenne, for example. The Ferrari California fitted with the HELE System shows that the purveyor of the Prancing Horse understands the world is constantly changing – and Ferrari is doing its best to continue to build the cars it's known for while staying in tune with the current climate of the world.

Photos copyright ©2010 Drew Phillips / AOL

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      • 4 Years Ago
      not so interested about the HELE,but the car looks amazing
      • 4 Years Ago
      This car is seen as a departure for Ferrari, yet by the author's own admission:

      "HELE stands for High Emotion Low Emissions and is a system designed to reduce C02 emissions without taking away from the joy of driving a Ferrari".

      Once more: WITHOUT TAKING AWAY FROM THE JOY. I think these features can be considered fairly natural evolution for a manufacturer who is known for being technologically advanced. It's still performance related, just not in terms of top speeds and acceleration numbers.
      • 4 Years Ago
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's the black treatment above the car's waistline. Makes the car look less Hyundai-ish and toy-like. A wheel upgrade would probably help too.

      • 4 Years Ago
      not many people drive their Ferraris so no worry about pollution. why not just but a v12 in it intsead? and bring back proper gear boxes?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah, if you want a car designed by a 12 year old.
        • 4 Years Ago
        To me the better point is that if ferrari can do it - maintain image and performance while drastically reducing emissions - then everybody else can, too.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Sadly due to regulations from Countries. Though I'll say this, Ferrari implimenting and doing research in this area may have a trickle down effect in reducing cost's of such systems for other automakers.
        • 4 Years Ago
        If people would stop smoking then that would reduce most of the carbon emissions.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Nice pics, too bad you missed the one of the button for the system (above the rear view mirror. And the press release.
      As to random231- proper gear box = solution: a classic car. If you really want to "feel the car" than we need to cherish classics. Those cars can be worked. Today's advanced ones work you to get the most. They are beyond 99.9% of all drivers.
      Dual clutches are better, faster, more economical, and superior in every way.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Great write-up Jeff, definitely hit the nail on the head. I wonder how much it helps in fuel economy. I'm betting not much, but at least they're heading in the right direction.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Those shots look amazing. Didn't like this car at first but it looks briiliant.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Same here.
        I absolutely hated the California and the 458 Italia when I first saw them.
        But here them screaming and they start to grow on you.

        I can't say the same about the Sesto Elemento concept, which looks universally crappy.
        Well...at least right now. ;)
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