As one of the most skilled racers of modern times, it's no wonder Ferrari enlists one of its most valued members, seven time Formula One World Champion, Michael Schumacher, to helps put the final touches on testing...

As one of the most skilled racers of modern times, it's no wonder Ferrari enlists one of its most valued members, seven time Formula One World Champion, Michael Schumacher, to helps put the final touches on the testing process of the brand new Ferrari California.

Involved with recent Ferrari models like the Enzo and 599 GTB, Schumacher has become a permanent fixture as a Ferrari test driver on and off the track. Currently, Schumacher is completing the track and road development stages of the Ferrari California at Ferrari's Fiorano circuit, however, he's not just fashionably late.

“I have to say that, as with the 430 Scuderia, participating in the project since the very beginning has been really fascinating and great fun,” commented Schumacher at the end of a test session at the Fiorano circuit. “Although the cars are very different, they both offer absolutely unique driving pleasurebecause of the inherently sporty character of all of the cars that come out of Maranello. The 430 Scuderia is, of course, a more extreme model with a focus on absolutely cutting-edge performance. However, although the Ferrari California is very much a Grand Tourer in terms of its usability and high level of interior comfort, it is still surprisingly sporty and fun to drive under any kind of conditions.”

Schumacher also recently addressed the Ferrari dealer convention in Maranello and explained the differences between the two 8-cylinders: “They were designed to meet different requirements: the 430 Scuderia is aimed at drivers who want the very essence of a Ferrari and will get it out on the track as often as they can.

“The Ferrari California, on the other hand, is designed for everyday use and for weekends away whilst still guaranteeing all of the emotional impact that only an authentic Ferrari can deliver.”

With Schumacher’s contribution in optimising performance parameters of the Ferrari California, it can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in under 4 seconds. The California makes its public debut on October 2 at the Paris International Motor Show.

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