One of my 3 best friends is approching the age of 75. Lately he had some serious health problems but gladly recuperated partially from it. When asking him what I could do or help to him he answered a couple of month ago that he would like to go to "Lourdes", the well known pilgrim town in southwest France. I then checked the distance from my hometown in Switzerland to Lourdes, which is 1015 km? Perfect Daytona test ground!
Therefore today at 7:45, we started in Switzerland and drove all the way to Lourdes in 8.5 hours to be exact with 1 hour stop in between. These 1000 km in 1 day again opened my eyes towards those incredible driving qualities the Daytona offers to the willing long distance driver
Firstly the seats: perfect, comfortable, no exhausting at all, because of the rather flat sitting position, legs are well blooded while sitting 7+ hours in the car, driving constantly between 100 and 130 miles an hour. My friend has a spinal problem and the seating comfort could have been a serious issue, but not in the Daytona. He left the seat very happy and unexhausted and "damned" his own BMW seating from back home.
Secondly the engine power: The Daytona is totally "overpowered" in comparison to other classic cars which I owned or have driven. The many modern Diesel BMW or Audi or Mercedes (you name it) where nicely gathering together on 100 miles speeds but gearing back to 4th gear until 130 miles and then changing to 5th. gear left them all alone back in my dust (and this in a 40 year old car...amazing). Please understand my right, I'm far from trying to impress anybody....it's just that I believe that you as ferrari enthusiast's should know about this real "hard core" driving experience, straightforward and sincere.
Thirdly, the reliability: Before leaving I told Boxer by telephone about my plans and doubts to take the Daytona for this very, very long trip because of the reliability problem. He told me to just take the Daytona and not think any further! I could not know if the car would make it...alternator or again fuelpump or any ignition problem could have or maybe still will) occur. This would brake our trip apart. But so far it did not..thanks god (talking about God maybe "Lourdes" was just the perfect destination to be choosen
Anyway, I'm writing this from the computer lobby here in Lourdes because I wanted to share quickly. Tommorrow we plan to have a 500 km excursion to the Atlantic and afterwards into the Perigord. On Friday we will head back into Switzerland for another 800 km drive. Hopefully the car will stay as he did today. I'll add some pictures from the trip a couple of days after returning home.
Ah, one more thing: the heat today on the trip outside was between 30 and 35 degrees, hot, hot, hot. Did the air condition work ? Yes it did, but honestly we found out that by inclining both small side windows on each door toward each other and closing totally the main window on each side gives great airy comfort while keeping down the wind noise within the cabin on high speeds.
Oil temparature was between 70 and 80 degrees celsius for the whole trip. Water always at 70 degrees celsius....this is just amazing to me.