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2016 Ferrari California T Tailor Made 250 SWB Tribute

2016 Ferrari California T Tailor Made 250 SWB Tribute

This Tailor Made California T pays tribute to the 250 SWB that was once owned by Eric Clapton

The Techno-Classica Motor Show is said to be the world’s biggest trade show for Vintage cars. This year, the show ran from April 6th to April 10th and set a new record with 201,034 visitors over the five-day period. The primary purpose of the show is to host classic cars from any brand and to provide a public trade forum for selling and purchasing some of the world’s prettiest vintage, classic, and prestige vehicles. This year, if you stopped by the Ferrari exhibit, you would have seen a California T that was built to pay tribute to the Ferrari 250 SWB that was once owned by Eric Clapton.

The California T might be Ferrari’s entry-level model and is often criticized for being a car that is purchased “just so you can say you own a Ferrari.” This specific California T, however, isn’t your everyday California T. This California T was designed by Ferrari’s Tailor Made service with a unique paint job and a few other cool features that really set it apart, including a special paint job, some leather upholstery, and it even has a special option equipped that was recently unveiled at the Geneva Auto Show.

Unfortunately, Tailor Made didn’t go as far as to make this California T right-hand drive like Clapton’s 250 SWB, but it still did a fine job paying tribute to his iconic car. So, with that said, let’s take a look at what Tailor Made did to make this California T so special.

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2015 - 2016 Ferrari California T

2015 - 2016 Ferrari California T

Ferrari’s California T has quickly become a favorite among grand touring aficionados since its introduction for the 2015 model year. The front-engine, hardtop convertible is the least-expensive prancing horse in the Italian automaker’s stable, but offers all the grace and power of a proper Prancing Horse.

The new California underwent some drastic changes with its last redesign. It’s still the same 2+2 sports car, but its appearance is much more striking. Sharper lines add a certain crispness to its exterior and new interior comforts make the idea of long weekends on the road even more enticing.

The big news for the California T is what lurks under the hood: a turbocharged 3.9-liter V-8 featuring a host of power-adding, fuel-sipping technologies like direct injection and Ferrari’s Variable Boost Management. Producing a potent 560 horsepower and 557 pound-feet of torque, the California T hits 62 mph from a standstill in just 3.6 seconds.

The California T replaced a car that was frequently criticized for its softness and lack of Ferrari-ness. Debuting for 2009, the California featured a naturally aspirated 4.3-liter V-8 that made 460 horsepower and 357 pound-feet of torque. Much of the commotion came over that engine’s placement – a mid-front position – which was a first in the automaker’s long history. Nevertheless, the car sold fairly well with its lower-than-average asking price.

However, Ferrari is never one to rest on its laurels. The 2017 model year is bringing a new high-performance handling package for the California T. Called the Handling Speciale, or simply HS package, the new option adds several upgraded bits, including stiffer springs, new damper settings, revised transmission calibration and F1-Trac logic traction control, a sportier exhaust system, and bespoke appearance upgrades.

Update 01/22/2016: Ferrari has announced a new performance handling upgrade for the California T called the Handling Speciale package. It combines several key updates that will give the California T better track handling and a throatier sound.The HS package will make its official debut at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show.

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2016 Ferrari California T - Tailor Made

2016 Ferrari California T - Tailor Made

Here in the U.S., all eyes are on the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Meanwhile, on the other side of the globe, the City of Brussels, the Capital of Belgium, is hosting its annual auto show. Last year, one of the models unveiled at the show was the 2015 Ferrari F12 Berlinetta Tour De France Edition. That model debuted with a 740-horsepower, 508-pound-foot monster of a V-12 that was mated to an F1 dual-clutch transmission. The car was built to pay homage to the Ecurie Francorchamps GTO that won the Tour de France in 1964, and was a huge international success after its debut. Because of that success, one of Ferrari’s three authorized dealer’s in Belgium teamed up with the Tailer Made program again – this time, to bring a bespoke version of the California T to the 2016 Brussels Auto Show.

Aptly named the California T Tailor Made, the car was built to pay respect to the Ferrari 458 GT3 – the car that won the Pro-Am Cup class at the 2015 24 Hours of Spa with “Gimmi” Bruni, Alessandro Pier Guidi, Pasin Lathouras and Stephane Lemert rotating control of the helm. As part of paying homage to that 458 GT3, this California T sports some of the same livery as the 458 GT3 inside and out.

Since this California T has just debuted in Brussels, there is no telling if it will be as successful as the Tour De France edition of the F12 from last year, but the chances are that it will be. So, without wasting any more time, let’s take a good close look at the Tailor Made California T and what features make it so special.

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2015 Ferrari California T By "Tailor Made"

2015 Ferrari California T By "Tailor Made"

The 2016 Ferrari 488 Spider took the Frankfurt Motor Show by storm, ushering in a new era of drop-top heaven for Ferrari enthusiasts. But the 488 Spider wasn’t the only Ferrari in attendance at Frankfurt. Maranello also brought a pair of personalized versions of the 2015 Ferrari California T, built specifically for the show to showcase the drop-top supercar’s potential under Ferrari’s Tailor-Made personalization program.

The Tailor Made program began in 2011 to give Ferrari customers the opportunity to put their personal imprints on their supercars. In the four years it’s been around, the program has built some high-quality bespoke Ferraris, including the 2014 Ferrari FF Dressage Edition, the 2013 Ferrari FF Czech Edition, and the 2014 Ferrari F12berlinetta Polo Edition. The two Tailor Made California Ts at Frankfurt don’t carry any fancy names like “Dressage” or “Polo,” but they do give us a peek into the possibilities of what customers can do to their own California Ts.

With the likes of Aston Martin (Q by Aston Martin), Lamborghini (Ad Personam Personalization), and McLaren (MSO) also offering their own personalization programs, Ferrari needs to be on top of its game to make the Tailor Made program competitive against its rivals. With the two Tailor Made California Ts at Frankfurt, it’s nice to see that Maranello’s taking its personalization program seriously. One of the two personalized California Ts was inspired by the iconic Ferrari 1957 250 TR, which raced in the “Buenos Aires 1,000 Kilometre” in January, 1958.

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2015 Ferrari California T "Tailor Made" Edition

2015 Ferrari California T "Tailor Made" Edition

Ferrari has introduced a bespoke California T created by the company’s Tailor Made division at the 2015 Shanghai Auto Show. Built specifically for the Chinese show, the California T "Tailor Made" illustrates how Ferrari’s customization program allows clients to commission unique cars. The bespoke convertible joins the FF Dressage Edition and the F12berlinetta Polo Edition, which Ferrari unveiled with the same purpose when it opened its first Tailor Made Center in Asia Pacific in 2014.

But while the Dressage and Polo Editions were inspired by horsemanship and the game of polo, respectively, they also celebrated the Chinese Year of the Horse. The California T "Tailor Made" is inspired by two style icons from the past: actress Ingrid Bergman and former First Lady of the U.S., Jacqueline Kennedy. As usual, the Italians opted for an understated exterior and an extensively customized interior, with all sorts of unique and luxurious features.

Much like the FF Tailor Made showcased a few months ago, this California T is here to prove there’s always room to improve a Ferrari; all you need is a fat wallet.

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2014 Ferrari "La Famiglia" Collection by Wheelsandmore

2014 Ferrari "La Famiglia" Collection by Wheelsandmore

It’s been a while since we last heard from Wheelsandmore. Actually, it’s been too long. But the German tuner knows how to make a comeback. Each and every time Wheelsandmore builds a program, you can count on it being comprehensive. The only thing different about this program is that it’s not limited to just one unit, but three; three Ferraris, to be exact.

The Ferrari F12berlinetta, the Ferrari FF, and the Ferrari California are all part of the tuner’s new "La Famiglia" program and all received the same tender, love, and care from Wheelsandmore, the kind that we’ve all come to know from the German company. Each Ferrari received a new set of wheels, obviously, and modest performance gains.

A handful of cosmetic upgrades were also given to the three Ferraris, although you’d be hard-pressed to notice them outside of the traditional Wheelsandmore decal that runs along the length of each Ferrari.

Take a good, long look at these new Ferrari programs from Wheelsandmore. All three share the undeniable character and flair of the German aftermarket company, right down to the gnarly set of wheels and those subtle performance improvements.

Welcome back, Wheelsandmore. We missed you.

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2013 Ferrari California by Revozport

2013 Ferrari California by Revozport

When we showed you Revozport’s program for the Ferrari F12berlinetta, you may have noticed that there was a Ferrari California in the background of one of the photos.

Apparently, that wasn’t an accident because Revozport also did work on the California. Say hello to the RZF-California aero kit.

Like the F12berlinetta, the California also received numerous aerodynamic components from the Hong Kong-based tuning company. Enough to even turn some heads in the direction of the senior supercar in Ferrari’s lineup.

It’s easy to ignore the California these days because it doesn’t carry the same styling language as the rest of the lineup. But with Revozport’s program, you won’t have to worry about your California being left out of aftermarket-program fun.

And to its credit, Revozport did a pretty impressive job on the supercar, giving it a more refined look while also providing enough downforce to allow the California to make the most of its 4.3 liter V-8 engine that nets 483 horsepower and 373 pound-feet of torque.

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2013 Ferrari California by Tunerworks Performance

2013 Ferrari California by Tunerworks Performance

With all that’s happening in the wonderful world of Maranello these days, it’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of Ferrari’s new fleet of supercars.

But don’t overlook the baby of the family, the Ferrari California, because it’s still got some mighty-strong appeal to a lot of aftermarket companies, including Tunerworks Performance.

The word “sublime” is rarely used in the automotive world to describe a car’s visceral appeal, but that word appears appropriate when it comes to the work Tunerworks Performance put in to the California. It’s a comprehensive list really that really adds more pop to the look of the supercar while also giving it a more pronounced handling experience that customers will undoubtedly enjoy.

The most discernible difference Tunerworks gave to the California is the installation of a new carbon-fiber aero kit courtesy of Novitec. The hood has a more dramatic swoop and a larger hood scoop, providing a streamlined look that complements its stature as a Prancing Horse. Smoked OEM markers add a touch of exclusivity to the car, while the handling and performance improvements are taken care of by a host of other upgrades, including a new valved exhaust system, a new lowering suspension setup, and a new set of carbon-fiber and matte-black Novitec three-piece wheels wrapped in Pirelli tires.

Under its hood, the California retains its 4.3-liter V8 engine that produces over 480 horsepower at 7,500 rpm and 373 pounds-feet of torque, which is good enough to allow the car to hit 62 mph in less than four seconds with a top speed of about 193 mph.

The lack of any engine upgrades notwithstanding, Tunerworks Performance did a great job giving the California the kind of improved look that can give its new big brothers a run for their money.

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2012 Ferrari California by CDC Performance

2012 Ferrari California by CDC Performance

While everyone’s attention is being directed toward the new Ferrari F12berlinetta, CDC Performance has unveiled a tuning kit for the oft-forgotten Ferrari California. It includes a basic exterior upgrade, but the most impressive changes have been made under the hood.

The exterior kit includes a new front spoiler, rear diffuser and front grille — all made in carbon fiber. Inside the California, the only modification is the addition of Alcantara with Rosso stitching.

As you can see, the exterior and interior modifications have been kept to a minimum because the tuner’s attention is focused on what lays beneath the hood. The California’s V-8 engine is been equipped with a supercharger system with intercooling that increases the output to a total of 600 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque – that’s an increase of 117 horsepower and 70 pound-feet of torque. The model has also been equipped with a new standalone exhaust system that offers up a beautiful symphony of engine noise.

The tuner also installed a suspension lift system that can lower or raise the ride height by 40 millimeters (1.5 inch). The car rolls on a set of forged alloy wheels, measuring in at 9-by-21 inches up front and 12-by-22 inches out back. The wheels are wrapped in 255/30R21 and 315/25R22 tires, respectively.

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2013 Ferrari California Handling Speciale

2013 Ferrari California Handling Speciale

After being rumored for quite some time, the Ferrari California Handling Speciale has officially been introduced almost a full month before its world debut at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. The first details offered by Ferrari are that the Handling Speciale will be 66 lbs lighter and will deliver 30 HP more than the standard model.

The new Ferrari California Handling Speciale is equipped with new exhaust manifolds and, after some engine mapping, the V8 engine now delivers a total of 490 HP and a peak torque of 372 lb-ft at 5,000 rpm. Ferrari also used plenty of aluminum, as well as construction technologies used by the Scaglietti Center of Excellence to offer the decrease in weight and maximize the increase in power. This translates to a more dynamic and faster vehicle with a 0-60 mph sprint time of just 3.8 seconds.

Handling is also improved modifications to the suspension set-up that minimize body roll and make the car even more responsive to driver inputs. Magnetorheological dampers controlled by even faster ECU (-50% response time) running patented Ferrari software are also added to the mix for better response, with stiffer springs for more precise body control and a more comfortable ride. Finally, the California benefits from faster turn-in with smaller steering wheel angles thanks to a new steering box with a 10% quicker steering ratio.

Updated 05/11/2012: Ferrari has unveiled a new video presenting the technical details behind their new California. Enjoy!

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2011 Ferrari California "Surfista Silver Star" by DMC

2011 Ferrari California "Surfista Silver Star" by DMC

While there doesn’t appear to be anything "regular" about a Ferrari California, it’s also important to know that tuning companies like DMC can still take something as "regular" as this Italian supercar and turn it into a monstrous piece of carbon fiber mayhem.

The Dusseldorf-based tuning company has come out with special aerodynamic and performance upgrades that would make any fan of the Prancing Horse drool with envy. Heck, they even have a pretty slick name for it: the Surfista Silver Star!

The program carries plenty of carbon fiber as DMC made sure to use the expensive material on the body kit, including a new silver carbon fiber splitter on the front, one that improves downforce at high speeds. In addition to that, DMC also added a sliver carbon fiber rear diffuser that minimizes the upforce on the rear axle, a new carbon fiber apron, new carbon fiber side skirts, and a new set of 21" and 22" wheels courtesy of ADV1 Wheels.

On the engine front, DMC modified the California’s 4,297 cc V8 engine by using a turbo-loader with physically enlarged injection nozzles and adding a new tailor made crankshaft and a new exhaust system that’s made of T309 stainless steel. These modifications boosted the supercar’s output from the standard 460 horsepower all the way up to 606 horsepower. Translate that to performance figures and you have a supercar that can hit 0-62 mph in 3.9 seconds while reaching a top speed of 202 mph.

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2012 Ferrari California

2012 Ferrari California

Ferrari launched the California GT back in 2008 at the Paris Auto Show, but for the 2012 model year, the California will get some special treatment in the form of a big update. The model will be about 66 lbs lighter and will deliver an additional 30 HP. Both the exterior and interior will also be improved.

The new 2012 Ferrari California will be powered by the same 4.3 liter V8 engine, but will get new software and improved machining of the internals to achieve the 30 HP boost. This increase will bring the output up to a total of 483 HP and 373 lb-ft of torque. And since it is also 66 lbs lighter, performance will get a bump as well. The revised California will make the sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 3.85 seconds (down from 4.0 seconds).

Next to the technical improvements, the 2012 California will receive a few exterior and interior updates, including a bigger hard drive for the in-car entertainment system, 40 GB up from the current 30.

The new California will go into production in January 2012, making a debut in late 2011 a necessity.

UPDATE 04/13/2012: After making its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year, the new 2012 California has been taken to Maranello where the car was tested by company drivers and the engineers that developed it. Check out the video by clicking on the image above!

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