Ferrari snatched up the "F1 CAL" number plate, planning to use the badge on the first Ferrari California shipped to the UK.

Ferrari has purchased the UK number plate "F1 CAL", and will be placing it on the first Ferrari California shipped to that country, according to Autocar.  The first Britain-bound unit of Ferrari's front-engined 2+2 should arrive in 2011.

Unveiled at last year's Paris Motor Show, the Ferrari California is the automaker's first car to have a folding metal hard-top.  Equipped with a 460 horsepower, direct-injection, 4.3-liter V8 engine, the car travels from 0-100 km/h in less than four seconds.  Other features include the F1-Trac system (seen on the 599 GTB Fiorano), carbon/ceramic brakes, and a multilink rear suspension system.

"We wanted the perfect registration to befit its desirability," said Ferrari North Europe's Richard Gordon.  The regional manager continued to say, "Thankfully, DVLA Personalised Registrations released its F-series last year and we worked hard to ensure we were able to secure F1 CAL - a registration that can only be described as ideal for our new car."

Ferrari will try to produce roughly 5,000 units of the California every year.  The car is believed to be sold out through 2012.

Gallery: First UK Bound Ferrari California gets Special 'F1 CAL' Licence Plate