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post #1 of 7 Old 07-21-2014, 07:30 AM Thread Starter
 
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need of always having more than 2500rpm?

Hi everybody. Sorry if my Question is really stupid(and my grammar,too), but I cant figure it out what I just have heard. I would like to buy soon an F430 and one of my friend which had the oportunity for driving this car(he borrowed it from a friend) said that this owner said that he should always, but always (except of getting for a fullstop) to have rpm above 2500rpm and he explained it like this : if you will have it below 2.5k rpm than the motor will not run smooth and it could be over eating fuel(I cannot explain it so well in english sorry, its something like a old carb motor when you put really a lot of gas before starting it and it wond run or will run very rude). Is this true? I think its some bullsh... , I never heard anything liek this before and now I am really confused of byuing an F430, because my major plan was to drive it really slowly in the city (I love city cruisin )
thanks a lot for all advice I wish you a great day

Last edited by Likenoother; 07-21-2014 at 07:32 AM. Reason: I forgot to add into description that its related with F430 sorry could you please add it? thanks a lot
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post #2 of 7 Old 07-21-2014, 08:41 AM
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NO. welcome to the site, i am sure you will enjoy your new 430!



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post #3 of 7 Old 07-21-2014, 11:04 AM Thread Starter
 
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thank you very much, I am really pleased to hear great news
so it doesnt damage the engine if I will run it on 1st gear on almost idle engine rpms and cruise down the streets at aprox 10km/h ?
thanks a lot I wish you a nice day
oh and I almost forget : its normal if I drive the car and want to shift up and I must press the gas while I shift for smooth shifting, because without this its really rude shifting with shaking the whole car
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No, of course not, like Ed said. As long as the engine is running smoothly, no problems. The F430 actually has substantial torque at low rpm, so should be happy from idle on up. Another Ferrari old wives' tale. Plus in 1st gear, total torque multiplication is 14.13:1. Like a drag racer.

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Sometimes lugging an engine can do much more harm than reving it high. First gear probably not a problem but if you are driving at low RPM in say 3rd or 4th gear when you really should be in a lower gear and you step on the gas you are really pounding on the rod bearings. I don't have a 430 but it does seem the Ferrari engines tend to like higher revs than say an american V8.

On my 328 the power doesn't even start to come in until around 4,500 rpms, an american V8 would be close to redline at 4,500 rpms. I'd have to go out and take my car for a drive but my guess is it probably does run much nicer above 2500 rpms and the motor will be very happy to be spinning between 3500 and 6000 without any effort or sense that you are pushing hard.

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Kevin- A lot of difference between a 308 and an F430 with timed port injection, COP ignition, and VVT. Plus the last American V8 I had was redlined at 7000 rpm.

You can feel when an engine is lugging, and low rpms in low gears will work fine with a modern Ferrari V8, especially the F430.

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What a lot of baloney.

An F430 is very happy pottering around. But even my ex, the carbed 365BB (an engine which most "experts" say runs badly at low revs), was very happy pootling. In my video on YouTube I demonstrate driving the car without any throttle at all, just on idle at 900 rpm. Not something I would do every day, but it is a powerful way to show that a well serviced Ferrari engine has no problems like described by your friend, whether it is 50, 25 or 5 years old, whether it is flat 12, V12, V8 or V6. My 45 year-old 330GTC also ran lovely at low revs, my 550 and 458 still do.

One of the advantages of becoming a Ferrari owner, is that people stop with the fairy tales they've heard about Ferraris. So good luck on your search and soon you'll be able to show your friend he didn't know what he was talking about by giving him a demonstration!

For future reference, it is true that Ferrari engines (as do most engines) like to be revved hard, regularly. I've seen much proof that it makes the engine run smoother, and pick up quicker. But ALWAYS adhere to golden rules: be sure of your oil levels, keep an eye on oil pressure, make sure the engine is properly warmed up.


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