Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: UK & Texas
Ferrari Life Posts: 15,136
Boxer's Daytona - Pictures and Comments
Recently had the pleasure of spending a bit of time in the Daytona. At this point it is about 95% sorted and Al has done a simply amazing job.
After several years of driving modern Ferraris (and the more extreme models), getting back into the drivers seat of a true classic has been great but also involved having to relearn a very different driving style. On a recent roughly 3 hour drive, the first hour was quite frustrating. Car and driver were definitely not insync. The second hour was better as man and machine started to bond. By the third hour, I was ready for a drive across Europe and thinking to myself what a wonderful place the drivers seat in a Daytona is. Despite our earlier "arguments" the mechanically the Daytona performed perfectly, oil pressure, oil temp, and water temp gauges read exactly where they should both on the highway and sitting in traffic. Accelerating is impressive but very different from the F40/F50. Slower to build but once momentum builds, it is plenty fast. Brakes are well, 40 plus years old technology. They need to be both managed and respected. Put another way, the brakes on the F40 now seem to be much better. The steering is slow, heavy and industrial when barely moving but improves immensely when at speed. The seats, well they are still about the best you will find in any car. Wonderfully comfortable and well positioned.
I am now looking forward to having it back very shortly after the few remaining "nits" get sorted. It is easy to understand now why Daytona's are held in such high esteem.