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Vivid Racing : Cali T - VRTuned / Capristo - Video Included!

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  1. VividRacing

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    #1 VividRacing, Feb 20, 2017
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    Two Simple Modifications Can Really Bring Life Into Your Ferrari California Turbo!

    The California was an interesting production model for the Italian company Ferrari. They set out to make an comfortable touring style hard top which was a front engine rear drive car. This was the first production car from Ferrari that had a 7 Speed Dual Clutch Transmission, Folding metal Roof, Direct injection, and a FR Drive set up. After its first production run being fairly successful, Ferrari decided to make changes to the drive-train. In 2014 the second generation came out as the Ferrari California T (T short for Turbo). Now with a Forced induction in the equation, the 3.9L v8 is able to squeeze out more than 550 horsepower and similar torque numbers.

    Video : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zMV7c_scB3c

    As many of you know, Turbo cars usually are not optimized for power straight from the factory. Slight modifications to the Exhaust system and engine management can yield impressive gains over stock numbers. So naturally our first plan of action was to install a VRTuned Box to help boost the power to a more “Fun” level.

    VRTuned Tuning Box Kit : https://www.vividracing.com/catalog/tuned-ecu-tuning-box-kit-ferrari-california-turbo-2015-p-150934159.html

    This Tuning box from VR is just what the car needed. Installing the tuning box is fairly straight forward and uses the cars factory electrical connections to create a piggy back. Once installed the system safely adapts conditions based on the factory ECU calibrations and allows for adjustments in timing, boost pressure and Fueling to create a perfect mixture for added power. The photos below show part of the installation process that we performed here in house.


    The owner of this California T did not stop at just software modifications. The customer opted for a Capristo valved exhaust system. This is one of our most popular systems for the complete Ferrari line and is quite impressive on the California T. For this specific application, the rear section is replaced with a higher flowing dual exit exhaust. This Stainless system allows the car to breath better due to the restrictions the factory mufflers have. Another added bonus is the use of the valve system which can instantly change the sound and feel once throttle is applied. With the valved in the “closed” position, you can enjoy a nice burble, which is slightly more intense than factory but not over bearing. When you change the valves to the “open” position, it creates a straight through system which produces exotic noises and is going to turn heads. The combination of the Tune and free flowing exhaust, the Ferrari T will simply be a more enjoyable vehicle. Not only do you have the added power via software, you will also have the noise to back it up. If you want to keep things civil in the neighborhood, a simple push of a button brings you back to an appropriate sound level.

    Capristo Twin Sound Exhaust : https://www.vividracing.com/catalog/capristo-stainless-steel-valved-exhaust-ferrari-california-2015-p-151306025.html



    Feel free to contact me directly via PM, email, or phone to discuss your upgrades and receive your Ferrarichat member discounted pricing!

    -James

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  3. good2go

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    The ECU tune seems cool. Bt what exactly is the warning?

    "This product is for Racing Competition only and is not legal for use in highway or street vehicles or other non-racing competition off-road vehicles. Purchasing this product requires you to sign our Vehicle Compliance Waiver"

    Do all ECU tunes require this?

    Also this seem less than others I have seen. What is the difference between this VR Tune and other ECU tunes?

    Do you need someone to install or can anyone install?

    Is this void warranty?

    Do you have to take off bummer to install exhaust?
     
  4. VividRacing

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    As the tuning box is making adjustments to the boost levels, fueling, and timing, it technically is not 50 state legal. Thus, we have you fill out a vehicle waiver and it is up to your own discretion from there.

    This is known as a tuning box or piggyback tuner. It is not a flash to the ECU's. It's a convenient and easy to modify a vehicle without having to remove the ECU's for flashing which requires the ECU's be opened up, which cannot be reversed.

    This can be installed and removed over the course of 15-20 minutes and leaves no trace. If it is removed before maintenance / warranty work, there is no harm on the warranty. Further, if it isn't removed, Ferrari cannot legally void the complete warranty on the car. They must prove the issue you are having repaired was caused by the tuning box which is extremely unlikely.

    The bumper needed to be removed to install the exhaust.

    -James
     
  5. thomastrain

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    Does anyone have experience with this piggyback unit on their California T?


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