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What is the softest damper setting on the Scuderia?

This year’s first sports cars meeting took place yesterday so I had a good chance to try the 430 Scuderia on normal roads. We had a great drive through the best winding roads on the west coast of Sweden and in perfect weather. After 4 hours in the car I am getting a fairly comfortable with it and started to play a little with the settings.

To my surprise I found the softest suspension setting to be Race mode on the manettino and setting the dampers to soft. Reading the manual I was under the impression that the damper setting in the first position on the manettino should be the same but it actually feels slightly stiffer than the setting in RACE/SOFT. Has anyone else noticed this, is it the dampers or some other setting that gives this feeling?

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This year’s first sports cars meeting took place yesterday so I had a good chance to try the 430 Scuderia on normal roads. We had a great drive through the best winding roads on the west coast of Sweden and in perfect weather. After 4 hours in the car I am getting a fairly comfortable with it and started to play a little with the settings.

To my surprise I found the softest suspension setting to be Race mode on the manettino and setting the dampers to soft. Reading the manual I was under the impression that the damper setting in the first position on the manettino should be the same but it actually feels slightly stiffer than the setting in RACE/SOFT. Has anyone else noticed this, is it the dampers or some other setting that gives this feeling?
As you have discovered you can only alter the dampers to soft when in Race mode, they will not alter from their standard harder position in any other Manettino setting.

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As you have discovered you can only alter the dampers to soft when in Race mode, they will not alter from their standard harder position in any other Manettino setting.
Yes, that I know of. I just thought that the first setting on the manettino, transportation setting/snow and ice or what ever it is called, had the same soft setting as RACE/SOFT, which it doesnt seem to have. RACE/SOFT feels slightly softer than transport mode on manettino.

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Yes, that I know of. I just thought that the first setting on the manettino, transportation setting/snow and ice or what ever it is called, had the same soft setting as RACE/SOFT, which it doesnt seem to have. RACE/SOFT feels slightly softer than transport mode on manettino.
No other manettino setting has it available as an option, like I said Soft is only available on Race. It's also the best setting to use on the road as it makes the Scud less likely to be upset if the roads not smooth, thus it gives the best drive. Watch out for the tail in this setting as it relaxes the traction control to enable the spirited driver to play with her

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No other manettino setting has it available as an option, like I said Soft is only available on Race.
OK, I got it

I might be wrong, but when reading through the manual I thought that the same parameters were present in both cases. I'll just have to take a look again, it isnt very well written I guess ;-)

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No other manettino setting has it available as an option, like I said Soft is only available on Race. It's also the best setting to use on the road as it makes the Scud less likely to be upset if the roads not smooth, thus it gives the best drive. Watch out for the tail in this setting as it relaxes the traction control to enable the spirited driver to play with her
Watch out for the tail in this setting

Been there done that - sport setting works just fine!
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So that begs the question: What setting do you use most of the time when driving around town? Race or Sport? BTW, leaving work in 15 minutes to go pick up my Scuderia. Took a sleeping pill last night so I wouldn't stay up all night.

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Bruno I would stick with sport.

For those unforeseen time when you have a heavy foot it's much safer.

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Dude - you are going to be so overwhelmed that setting isn't even going to be a thought in your over sensory world you are about to enter.

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I set the Manettino in RACE & the dampers on SOFT. This set-up really suits the 16M, it lets her play, as the traction control is very relaxed. This set-up is great if you're an experienced & capable driver, if not Id advise you leave it in Sport

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I set the Manettino in RACE & the dampers on SOFT. This set-up really suits the 16M, it lets her play, as the traction control is very relaxed. This set-up is great if you're an experienced & capable driver, if not Id advise you leave it in Sport
haha

Ok Ok - I had just entered the on ramp which had a nice long sweeping curve.

Been there a ton of time in the 612 and never a bit of movement - not even a twitch.

As we all know the 16M has the race setting - which was a new toy one must try.

One I was not familiar with and put my rear in a interesting part of my side mirror.

I stayed in being very comfortable with the ramp ... jus sayin if it wasn't familiar asphalt it would have caused me to leave a stripe on the seat similar to the 16M stripe on my hood in non tri color which I believe was not an available option on the sticker.
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haha

Ok Ok - I had just entered the on ramp which had a nice long sweeping curve.

Been there a ton of time in the 612 and never a bit of movement - not even a twitch.

As we all know the 16M has the race setting - which was a new toy one must try.

One I was not familiar with and put my rear in a interesting part of my side mirror.

I stayed in being very comfortable with the ramp ... jus sayin if it wasn't familiar asphalt it would have caused me to leave a stripe on the seat similar to the 16M stripe on my hood in non tri color which I believe was not an available option on the sticker.
Thought youd like that one Doug. So to reiterate, for the inexperienced Sport is fine, for the rest of us who can drive please use Race ha ha

BTW, FLED6 is ace

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Thought youd like that one Doug. So to reiterate, for the inexperienced Sport is fine, for the rest of us who can drive please use Race ha ha

BTW, FLED6 is ace
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Enjoy FLED6 - looking forward to seeing pictures of you in everyones rear view mirror. LOL
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Enjoy FLED6 - looking forward to seeing pictures of you in everyones rear view mirror. LOL
Now that would be a miracle, given I'm leading today! LOL

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I set the Manettino in RACE & the dampers on SOFT. This set-up really suits the 16M, it lets her play, as the traction control is very relaxed. This set-up is great if you're an experienced & capable driver, if not Id advise you leave it in Sport
I always use the above setting.
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So that begs the question: What setting do you use most of the time when driving around town? Race or Sport? BTW, leaving work in 15 minutes to go pick up my Scuderia. Took a sleeping pill last night so I wouldn't stay up all night.

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Now that would be a miracle, given I'm leading today! LOL
Oh geez it's going to be like a pace car that never exits the track.
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As you have discovered you can only alter the dampers to soft when in Race mode, they will not alter from their standard harder position in any other Manettino setting.
For just this sort of discussion it is great to have a pdf manual on the iPad.

There are 3 settings for the suspension, Soft, Sport and Race. In manettino position Race, CT and CST pushing the suspension button takes it from Race (hard) suspension to Soft suspension. Pushing the button in manettino setting Sport does nothing. For this reason I always drive in Race with Soft suspension.
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For just this sort of discussion it is great to have a pdf manual on the iPad.

There are 3 settings for the suspension, Soft, Sport and Race. In manettino position Race, CT and CST pushing the suspension button takes it from Race (hard) suspension to Soft suspension. Pushing the button in manettino setting Sport does nothing. For this reason I always drive in Race with Soft suspension.
So this takes us back to my first question, again ;-)

My feeling is that: With the manettino in Low grip mode/damper in soft mode does not feel as soft as with the manettino in RACE and suspension damping changed to SOFT. According to the manual this should be the same, but my brains tell me something else...

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So this takes us back to my first question, again ;-)

My feeling is that: With the manettino in Low grip mode/damper in soft mode does not feel as soft as with the manettino in RACE and suspension damping changed to SOFT. According to the manual this should be the same, but my brains tell me something else...
I've never driven in low grip but the manual says it's the same!

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