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The new 458 Italia on display will reportedly be fitted with Ferrari’s HELE (High Emotion Low Emissions) system. Already available for the Ferrari California in certain markets, HELE is designed to reduce the environmental impact of Ferrari’s cars whilst boosting their performance and driving pleasure.
In the Ferrari California the system included an engine stop-start feature, an intelligent engine fan and fuel pump control, electronic ancillaries such as the power steering and air-conditioning, and a gear-shift pattern that adapts to driving style. The end result was as much as a 23 percent drop in emissions.
Most of these features, and possibly some new ones, should appear in the HELE system for the Ferrari 458 Italia. It’s unlikely that such an option will be offered on U.S. delivered cars anytime soon.
This wouldn’t be the first time Ferrari has showcased greener versions of its supercars. As mentioned, we’ve already seen a California model equipped with the HELE system, and before that there was the 599 HY-KERS concept and an F430 Spider equipped to run on biofuel.