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Novitec Rosso Race 606 Ferrari California Exposed

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At the 2011 Geneva Motor Show Novitec Rosso will introduce their new Race 606 tuning program for the Ferrari California. The Race 606 will be the second program for the front-engined V-8 Ferrari from the German tuner. The previous program boosted power by only 40 horses and only added a few subtle aerodynamic components. This time around, Novitec has gone all-out with the Race 606 and transformed the California into a supercharged speed demon.

The Novitec Rosso Race 606 boasts a 0-62 mph acceleration time of less than 3.8 seconds and a top speed of 202 mph. Compare that to the stock California’s 0-62 mph time of 4.0 seconds and top speed of 193 mph. The Race 606 however, achieves these figures a different way than the stock model – with forced induction!

The direct-injected 4.3-liter V-8 that powers the California gains a significant power boost from the supercharging specialists at Novitec Rosso. Engineers have installed a mechanical supercharger that is driven by the crankshaft. The supercharger kit also includes a water-to-air intercooler, larger fuel injectors, and a redesigned intake manifold, resulting in a maximum boost pressure of 0.4 BAR (5.8 PSI). The Novitec Rosso Race 606 also gains a high-performance exhaust system with sport catalytic converters and four black-coated tailpipes. The exhaust also features a flap control system, allowing the driver to adjust the exhaust note via steering wheel button. All modifications work in harmony with reprogrammed engine electronics, culminating in 606 horsepower at 7,900 RPM and 445 lb-ft. of torque at 5,500 RPM.

With a new top speed and even better acceleration, the California needed new aerodynamic bodywork to keep it planted to the tarmac. The Novitec Rosso Race 606 wears new clear-coated carbon fiber components that were developed in a wind tunnel to reduce lift. At the front a carbon fiber front spoiler improves downforce while the new carbon hood centerpiece helps to reduce weight and efficiently cool the engine. The rear features a new spoiler atop the trunk lid and a large diffuser to reduce lift. Novitec has also added side air outlets to the front fenders, mirror covers, rocker panel blades, taillight surrounds, and a carbon fiber hardtop skin to give the Race 606 a bolder appearance.

The added performance also necessitated a wheel/tire and suspension upgrade. Novitec Rosso’s three-piece NF3 wheels have been given a carbon fiber coating and measure a staggered 9J x 21 up front and 11.5J x 22 at the rear on the Race 606. New high-performance Pirelli PZero 255/30 ZR 21 front and 315/25 ZR 22 rear tires have been fitted to help the Race 606 surpass the 200+ mph top speed threshold. Working with the new aerodynamic components to improve high-speed stability are new sport springs that lower the car by 35 mm. The new suspension also features a front-end lift system that can raise the car by 40 mm for speed bumps and garage ramps.

The interior of the Race 606 can be custom tailored by Novitec Rosso to suit each customer. A number of interior components are available ranging from longer shift paddles, carbon fiber scuff plates, and new steering wheel in suede or alcantara.

Pricing for the Novitec Rosso Race 606 has not been released. The supercharger system can also be ordered separately for a standard Ferrari California. The Race 606 will be on display at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show.


Displacement: 4.3 liters
Type: V-8
Aspiration: Supercharged
Maximum Boost Pressure: 0.4 BAR (5.8 PSI)
Maximum Horsepower: 606 at 7,900 RPM
Maximum Torque: 445 at 5,500 RPM
-Mechanical supercharger
-Water-to-air intercooler
-Redesigned intake manifold
-Larger fuel injectors
-Sport exhaust system with sport catalytic converters and flap control

Type: Seven-speed dual-clutch
Drive: Rear-wheel

Acceleration 0-62 mph: Less than 3.8 seconds
Top Speed: 202 mph

Wheels, Tires, and Suspension:
Wheels: NF3 three-piece with carbon fiber coating
Front Wheels: 9J x 21
Rear Wheels: 11.5J x 22
Tires: Pirelli PZero
Front Tires: 255/30 ZR 21
Rear Tires: 315/35 ZR 22
Suspension: Sport springs, 35 mm lower with hydraulic front-end lift system

-Carbon fiber front spoiler
-Carbon fiber hood centerpiece
-Carbon fiber radiator grille
-Carbon fiber mirrors
-Carbon fiber side skirts
-Carbon fiber rear spoiler
-Carbon fiber rear diffuser
-Carbon fiber taillight surrounds
-Carbon fiber hardtop skin
-Front fender air outlets

-Carbon fiber scuff plates
-New steering wheel shift paddles
-Lightweight interior in any color
-Suede or alcantara safe-grip steering wheel


[Source: Novitec Rosso GmbH & Co.KG]

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