Translated in English of the review made on a F430 Challenge by LV PRESTIGE specialized supercar workshop (original French review here
Last Sunday going in direction of the Auxois race track for a test.
The test is for Scud Ing Swiss, the ideal partner in high-end technological solution and improvement of our systems.
So I had the mission to test the V3 version of the F1 system control relay (Smart eMT F1 Relay ECU).
First test was realized with the previous version 2, using the Ferrari diagnostic tool connected during the test drive to allow us to read live data.
After 20 minutes of track session, the system displays that pump pressure rises in a faster time than the original mechanical relay.
The sensations are good because the gearbox shifts are less abrupt and the response to the shift paddles is also more instant.
Let's go with the V3 of the eMT ECU:
Switching the system takes only 3 minutes while looking for a coffee at the same time
Ground wire connected, simply plug the eMT ECU in the relay socket and the device is already functional.
Well, for a nice installation, and avoid the device to fly around, we took the time to properly store this beautiful blue anodized case and place the LED monitoring module to a place on the center console or elsewhere.
Back on track for 20 minutes .... at the first shift, I'm truly surprised. Below 3500 rpm the gearbox shift is soft and fast almost like a double clutch.
Back at the paddock and the first feelings assessment is "Wahhhhh"
You continue to feel the gearshifts and it's normal (in addition we have metal dual disk clutch) but it shifts very quickly and responds instantly. Up to the point that we ask for more!
With the diagnostic system connected, it is without appeal. The pressure remains almost identical to the first time because it depends on the pump, its wear and oil quality, wear of the hydraulic system etc etc
But the time to build up to hydraulic pressure has amazingly decreased, the pump does not run anymore 5/6 seconds but 2/3 to get its maximum pressure.
In addition, thanks to this V3, we could check the operation of F1 without needing a diagnostic system and as for all EMT ECUs, be early warned of an abnormal operating hydraulic system before total breakage or blockage by a sudden drop in pressure.
This system will soon integrate also a Scuderia .....
To be continued