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post #1 of 10 Old 06-02-2013, 05:56 AM Thread Starter
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Launch Control vs. Powertrain Warranty

In discussions with Ferrari Dealers about 599's they are very keen to sell a warranty with the car, but I have also heard unofficially that use of Launch Control invalidates the power train warranty. When I asked the main dealer they said 'Well, yes thats true' kind of under their breath and moved the conversation on. Won't every car with Launch Control have had Launch Control used at least once?

Does anyone know the official position? Does it differ by region?
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Hi Jem,
I never heard of such a thing from Ferrari... in fact I was shown by Ferrari pro-driver on how to use the "Launch" button when we were testing their 458 at Millbrook.
I better double check it tomorrow...

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I will give Mark a call and see what the answer is.
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I bet it's the type of gear box that will be the deciding factor. The twin clutch ones will launch all day, older F1's less so.
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I agree, Stuart. Here is the email reply from my dealer:
"The Launch button you can use as much as you like on the 458 no clutch wear as dct gear box.
Your warranty will be fine."

On the phone, he did say that any abuse of a car, in general, will/may of course invalidate the warranty anyway... When I asked: define 'abuse' or 'excessive use', it is grey area...

Is it correct that the DCT/DCT-like cars are the only ones with official "Launch" button? I know that you can 'Launch' any car without a built in button to press, but my 612 (2008/58, so second generation 612) has one... Correctly if I am wrong, please!

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Hi Gus,
Your 612 would be a similar age/generation to the 599. Perhaps the new cars (458 etc) with DCT are fine and the older superfast F1 not. Did your dealer comment on the 612 warranty?
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Yes, the car with original factory installed Launch Button, or LC in some cars, will be OK. He mentioned about some uses of 'launch' in the Scud, e.g., that may affect warranty, but then again, Scud are out of warranty anyway.

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Here is the email I got back from a Ferrari dealer:

No, it will not invalidate the warranty…..there is no way of telling if a car has been launched in the engine management system!
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Here is the email I got back from a Ferrari dealer:

No, it will not invalidate the warranty…..there is no way of telling if a car has been launched in the engine management system!
On the older cars where you could lob a big chunk of clutch on pressing LC maybe they don't care as its not their worry anymore. I thought this could be checked on an SD3? I guess it also depends on the warranty they refer to?
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On the older cars where you could lob a big chunk of clutch on pressing LC maybe they don't care as its not their worry anymore. I thought this could be checked on an SD3? I guess it also depends on the warranty they refer to?
In this case it is the Power Warranty.
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