Novitec Rosso has taken Ferrari‘s front-engine California and outfitted it with a supercharged powerplant that brings performance to 606-hp (from 460-hp) and 444 ft-lbs of torque (from 357 ft-lbs) out of the 4.3L V8. The supercharged powerplant will be available from Novitec Rosso for the special Race 606 model and any standard California.
Along with the supercharger is a water-to-air intercooler, a new intake manifold and larger fuel injectors to ensure the 4.3L V8 stays adequately fuel-fed with the additional boost. Novitec then outfits the California with their stainless-steel exhaust system sporting four black-coated tips.
Horsepower wasn’t all that Novitec was after with the Race 606 California, as they took Ferrari’s famed exotic to the wind tunnel in order to develop some efficient and attractive aerodynamic pieces to complement the package. With essential pieces made from lightweight carbon fiber, the aerodynamic package includes front and rear spoilers, rear diffuser, rocker panel blades, side air outlets on the front fenders, mirrors covers, rear molding, hood center piece, radiator grille, and the outer skin on the folding hardtop and taillight surrounds.
For wheels, Novitec has outfitted the California with their three-piece NF3 wheels featuring a matte carbon fiber coating. The setup used on the Race 606 is a staggered set of 21×9 and 22×11.5 matched with Pirelli P-Zero rubber. Lowering the vehicle 1.37-inch is Novitec’s lowering kit which also allows the front end of the vehicle to be raised 1.57-inch to help navigate speed bumps.
Lastly interior upgrades can be specific through Novitec to further customize your California or Race 606 model.
Official press release available after the break.
GALLERY: Novitec Rosso Ferrari California Race 606
World Debut at the Geneva Motor Show 2011: The NOVITEC ROSSO RACE 606 Based on the Ferrari California 606-hp / 446-kW Compressor-V8 for 325 km/h in a Racing Suit
606 hp / 446 kW from an eight-cylinder supercharged engine propel it to a top speed of 325 km/h and its ultra-sporty racing suit with carbon-fiber components fits it like an aerodynamic second skin: The NOVITEC ROSSO RACE 606 based on the Ferrari California will celebrate its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show 2011.
At the heart of the supercar lies the supercharged 4.3-liter V8-engine, which the NOVITEC ROSSO specialists developed specifically for this front-engine sports car. This engine is available for the special model RACE 606 and for any standard California model.
The compressor system consists of a mechanical supercharger driven by the crankshaft via a cogged V-belt. It produces a maximum boost pressure of 0.4 bar. The conversion also includes a water-to-air intercooler, a newly designed intake manifold and larger injectors.
For better exhaust-gas flow the high-performance engine is fitted with a flap-controlled NOVITEC ROSSO high-performance exhaust system with sport catalysts. The stainless-steel exhaust system features four black-coated tailpipes and offers various sound settings that are controlled by the Manettino button on the steering wheel. The driver can choose between a more subdued and a markedly sporty exhaust note.
The high-tech components are coordinated by newly calibrated engine electronics that ensure extraordinary power yield, everyday suitability beyond reproach and compliance with strict Euro IV emission standards.
The NOVITEC ROSSO engine conversion bumps power output from standard 460 hp / 338 kW to 606 hp / 446 kW at 7,900 rpm. Simultaneously peak torque jumps from 485 Nm to 603 Nm at 5,500 rpm.
Powered by this engine the NOVITEC ROSSO RACE 606 delivers impressive performance: The sprint from 0 � 100 km/h takes less than 3.8 seconds. Top speed increases to 325 km/h.
At this level of performance favorable aerodynamic properties are essential. The NOVITEC ROSSO designers went into the wind tunnel to develop body components that further reduce lift on front and rear axle and thus contribute to further optimized directional stability at high speed.
All parts of the aerodynamic-enhancement package are made from matte clear-coated carbon-fiber, making them especially light and yet highly resistant. The front and rear spoilers together with the rear diffuser create an optimal aerodynamic balance and are essential for the racing look of the sports car. Rocker panel blades, side air outlets in the front fenders, mirror covers and the rear molding add further thrilling highlights.
Also made entirely from carbon fibers is the hood centerpiece, the radiator grille, the outer skin of the folding hardtop and the taillight surrounds.
The motorsports look is rounded out with a matte carbon-fiber coating of the three-piece NOVITEC ROSSO NF3 wheels. To further emphasize the wedge shape of the sports car the wheels were manufactured in a staggered combination of size 9Jx21 for the front and in size 11.5Jx22 for the rear axle. The matching PZero high-performance tires in sizes 255/30 ZR 21 and 315/25 ZR 22 are supplied by technology partner and Formula 1 supplier Pirelli.
Specifically calibrated to this tire/wheel combination are the NOVITEC ROSSO sport springs, which lower the ride height of the Ferrari by some 35 millimeters. They are combined with a feature designed to further improve any California’s suitability for everyday use. The hydraulic front lift system is activated at the push of a button in the cockpit. It raises the front of the car by 40 millimeters and facilitates navigating speed bumps and parking garage ramps. At a second push of the button or automatically upon reaching a speed of 80 km/h the front reverts to its original position.
The interior of the NOVITEC ROSSO RACE 606 can also be customized extensively. The options include scuff plates made from the same material as the aerodynamic-enhancement components and longer shift paddles on the steering wheel.
Upon customer request NOVITEC ROSSO creates especially exclusive or extremely lightweight interiors in any desired color. Request for more individualization can be fulfilled with carbon-fiber elements that match the exterior and a safe-grip steering wheel covered with suede or Alcantara.