According to what was posted at the time, back in 2008 on the Maranello site, Michael Schumacher’s role in the development of the Ferrari California on both track and road, ended on this day. The seven times world champion had only hung up his helmet two years earlier, but was still part of the Ferrari family. Michael was involved in the design of the car right from the very start, working in close contact with the engineers and test drivers to fine tune it, especially in terms of performance.
The California was presented at the Paris International Motor Show the following 2 October and immediately proved a great success with the motoring press and in markets around the world. Today the California is presented as an evolution featuring the number 30, which represents its weight loss in kilos and its increase in horsepower. All the updates have led to an increase in performance with the 0-100 km/h acceleration figure now 3.8 seconds: it is sportier without however losing the essential character of the Ferrari California, unanimously appreciated for combining high performance with great versatility in its use, partly thanks to its retractable rigid roof and the 2+ configuration.