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post #1 of 8 Old 10-17-2009, 11:50 AM Thread Starter
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Ferrari and Aston(s!)

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Finally got around to getting the AMV8 & 360 out together (with the help of my brother).

It was a beautiful day here in Dublin, crisp, cold, blue skies - the way the autumn should be. We're just on our way back home after a great spin and having swapped cars a few times when we pull up behind a DB9 at the lights. I'm in the Ferrari, effectively in the middle of an Aston Martin escort. It's unlikely this is going to happen again, so we keep going past the house and follow the DB9 (who now probably thinks he has picked up the most indiscreet stalkers ever!) through our local (small) town until he gets to the local harbour area/playground.

Out we hop - he comes straight over, with his two small boys and we exchange usual plesantries... "your car is lovely", "your's too"... mutual flattering etc. Anyway I've known this guy for about 60 seconds and he throws me the keys to his DB9. "I'm off to the playground with the boys, take her for a spin!", and with that the brother and I lock the other two cars and take off around the town in a DB9!

Very different from the Vantage, feels much faster, much bigger and a lot less nimble, but lovely none the less. Tempted by the road out of town, I thought better and took his pride and joy back. What a gent - there really are some real car nuts and genuine nice people in the world. Getting the chance to drive a car I've never driven before is always special, and that made my day for me.

Anyways here's a few pics from the day.

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Looking good Barry! They're quite different looking, the 360 and V8, but at least neither has a back seat!


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Looking good Barry! They're quite different looking, the 360 and V8, but at least neither has a back seat!


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Looking very good. They both seem to be very similar in size.
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Very nice, indeed!

Interesting to see the immediate reflection of the different engine positions in the respective cockpit placements on these 2 cars (AM V8 v F 360, that is). Sizes look similar, design proportions definitely not.

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Very nice, indeed!

Interesting to see the immediate reflection of the different engine positions in the respective cockpit placements on these 2 cars (AM V8 v F 360, that is). Sizes look similar, design proportions definitely not.
Good point that I had not really considered. They are similar size but driving position very different. I'm not sure of the front/rear weight balance for either car, but I wonder does the fact that the AMV8 is front engined, contribute to a feeling of a safer, more stable drive (even if only in my mind).

On that theory same would apply for any mid-engined vs front engined car. 599 vs 430, 550 vs 360 or any combination of the rest. Any thoughts?

PS just in from the garage -2 hours waxing the 360 and listening to the radio. Only got the roof, bonnet and front wings done. My wife thinks I have an illness, I tend to agree. Biggest worry being that I enjoyed each minute of it....

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Good point that I had not really considered. They are similar size but driving position very different. I'm not sure of the front/rear weight balance for either car, but I wonder does the fact that the AMV8 is front engined, contribute to a feeling of a safer, more stable drive (even if only in my mind).
On safeand stable, I think it has more to do with which type of car you drive regularily and therefor have become most accustomed to. I drove a large-ish SUV the other day and felt horribly unsafe. The thing rolled in the corners, I had no idea where the corners where, and the nose dipped everytime you hit the brakes.
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On safeand stable, I think it has more to do with which type of car you drive regularily and therefor have become most accustomed to. I drove a large-ish SUV the other day and felt horribly unsafe. The thing rolled in the corners, I had no idea where the corners where, and the nose dipped everytime you hit the brakes.
Absolutely: +1!

For instance, largish German station wagons (Audi, BMW, etc.) are supposed to be safe, that's what oh so many of my acquaintances firmly believe and experience. However, the few '000 kms I covered behind the wheel of some of those (as loaners) made me feel nothing but anguish: rolling in corners, sliding over the tires (poor grip, too bloody heavy!), horribly indirect controls (overly power steering assistance), etc.

Apart from what one gets accustomed to, there are quite a few parameters influencing (the feeling of) control in a car, I guess. Driving style for sure is one of them. On the construction side,the toughness of the undercarriage, the type and width of the tires, the powering (RWD v FWD), the (absence of) advanced differentials and/or dynamic traction control systems, the weight balance, etc. all mix into the cocktail.

All in all, I'ld find it difficult to pass judgment generically. There are cars that seem to defy the laws of nature somehow and shouldn't be as safe as they are (Porsche 911, notoriously), cars that are the opposite, and drivers that can inverse either of those generic characteristics for better or for worse.

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