Schuey shakes down a new Fez

Fer­rari’s for­mer F1 cham­pion gives Cal­i­for­nia the thumbs up, writes PAUL GOVER

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MICHAEL Schu­macher leave Fer­rari alone. The re­tired racer has been back in ac­tion in the Ital­ian team’s latest For­mula One racer this year and has now logged seat time in the road-go­ing Cal­i­for­nia con­vert­ible, which he drove at Fer­rari’s F1 test track, Fio­rano.

Schuey com­pared notes with the com­pany’s reg­u­lar test driv­ers, Dario Benuzzi and Raf­faele De Si­mone.

As the car con­tin­ues down the road to fullscale pro­duc­tion, test­ing has al­ready re­vealed

just can’t a 0-100km/h sprint time bet­ter than four sec­onds.

Not sur­pris­ingly, Schu­macher had good things to say about the car — which is al­ready a sell­out for next year in Aus­tralia — af­ter test­ing ev­ery re­cent Fer­rari road car in­clud­ing his per­sonal Enzo su­per­car.

‘‘As with the 430 Scud­e­ria, tak­ing part in the project since the very be­gin­ning has been re­ally fas­ci­nat­ing and great fun,’’ he says.

‘‘Though the cars are very dif­fer­ent, both of­fer unique driv­ing plea­sure be­cause 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 that fo­cuses on cut­ting-edge per­for­mance.

‘‘How­ever, though 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 all con­di­tions.’’

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