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Hints on how to improve the running of your 360/CS

Any suggestions on how to improve the running of your 360 or Challenge Stradale?

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post #2 of 9 Old 12-02-2008, 06:47 PM
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Any suggestions on how to improve the running of your 360 or Challenge Stradale?
I can't imagine what of major significance one could be done to improve a Stradale.

Maybe add an Odyssey battery which saves about 20 - 25 lbs over the OEM.

Maybe a lighter exhaust system.

Maybe BMC air filters.

I am not aware of much else though.
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One small thing I do that seems to have a positive effect, I always keep it on a battery conditioner. Since doing so I have never had any issues with the alarm or other electricals.
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So much can be done!!!

Some of the important points have been made but there are many things you can improve on...

Maintenance
Handling
1. Full geometery alignment should be done at least once a year or if you change any suspension parts or tires. Even better go to your local race specialist and get them to corner weight your vehicle with you in it (!) so its perfectly setup with even sweeter handling. Also check the ride heights match spec, especially important on the CS which has lower front setup and higher at rear for aerodynamic gains.

2. Recommend replacing the suspension bushes on the upper and lower arms (all 16 of them!) every 4 years on the road cars and anti-roll bar bushes (they are changed at least once every season on the challenge cars!). The road cars have rubber bushes which deteriorate over time and lead to mushy inconsistent feeling which isn't as sharp when they degrade.

Upgrade
1. If you want to improve handling you can switch out the rubber bushes for Delrin bushes from the 430 Challenge cars. This makes the ride quality less smooth but sharpens up the handling no end. Really great improvements if you reguarly track the car. Alternatives are polyeurathane bushes.

2. Consider lighter more motorsport oriented shocks such as Moton fully adjustibles. They have a seperate res. and can be tuned to your driving style and track. Also look into different spring rates.

3. Consider more track inspired rubber, tyres like Toyo R888's which are more like road legal slicks in the dry. Providing improved mechanical grip.

4. Replace caliper bolts with titanium ones (as well as wheel bolts if you dont have a cs). This is all unsprung weight so improves handling more than you'd imagine.

5. Replace flywheel with lighter one for improved rev response.

6. Replace stock cats, headers and air filters for lighter more free flowing units (upto 30hp is claimed on the cs with dyno's). The cats alone can save as much as 9kg's [19 lbs].

7. Replace exhaust with an ultra light 8kgs titanium system saving as much as 16kg's over stock CS system and 23kgs [51 lbs!] on a Modena! This is directly off the back of the car too so removes the heavy 'boat anchor' factory system.

8. Fit a switch and rewire the suspension ecu to be switchable for soft/hard while still in race/sports mode (as per Scuderia).

9. Fit a ultra lightweight battery. The latest lightweight batteries even outweight the PC925 by using laptop battery technology, the weight a miniscule 4.5kg's [10 lbs] but are expensive (around $1000 usd). This can save another 16kgs [ 35lbs ] over stock.

10. Replace factory carbon adjustible seats with racing fixed bucket carbons for another 15kg's over stock.

+ many many more things. Look to Challenge series for inspiration! Thats essentially where many of the parts and idea's come from for the CS in the first place.
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Not that I own such a nice car, but:

1. Keep care of fluids and replace regularly, if not yearly: I like every year, but some feel that is overkill. I don't mind, and it gets me to check everything out also.
2. Monitor the wire connectors: Dave Helms' are a very nice alternaive. ANd if your electricals go south...well, it's no fun or savings.
3. Rubber parts, like mounts etc, need inspection.
4. External care to the paint and weather to especially include Sun protecton.
5. Invest in a nice, soft top that can keep the bad elements out/off.
6. Do NOT let it sit for any lenght of time
7. Drive it....that is, give it a decent exercise program
8. Put is away properly, as in periodic check of fluids, and air, and cooling down period.

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Some of the important points have been made but there are many things you can improve on...

Maintenance
Handling
1. Full geometery alignment should be done at least once a year or if you change any suspension parts or tires. Even better go to your local race specialist and get them to corner weight your vehicle with you in it (!) so its perfectly setup with even sweeter handling. Also check the ride heights match spec, especially important on the CS which has lower front setup and higher at rear for aerodynamic gains.

2. Recommend replacing the suspension bushes on the upper and lower arms (all 16 of them!) every 4 years on the road cars and anti-roll bar bushes (they are changed at least once every season on the challenge cars!). The road cars have rubber bushes which deteriorate over time and lead to mushy inconsistent feeling which isn't as sharp when they degrade.

Upgrade
1. If you want to improve handling you can switch out the rubber bushes for Delrin bushes from the 430 Challenge cars. This makes the ride quality less smooth but sharpens up the handling no end. Really great improvements if you reguarly track the car. Alternatives are polyeurathane bushes.

2. Consider lighter more motorsport oriented shocks such as Moton fully adjustibles. They have a seperate res. and can be tuned to your driving style and track. Also look into different spring rates.

3. Consider more track inspired rubber, tyres like Toyo R888's which are more like road legal slicks in the dry. Providing improved mechanical grip.

4. Replace caliper bolts with titanium ones (as well as wheel bolts if you dont have a cs). This is all unsprung weight so improves handling more than you'd imagine.

5. Replace flywheel with lighter one for improved rev response.

6. Replace stock cats, headers and air filters for lighter more free flowing units (upto 30hp is claimed on the cs with dyno's). The cats alone can save as much as 9kg's [19 lbs].

7. Replace exhaust with an ultra light 8kgs titanium system saving as much as 16kg's over stock CS system and 23kgs [51 lbs!] on a Modena! This is directly off the back of the car too so removes the heavy 'boat anchor' factory system.

8. Fit a switch and rewire the suspension ecu to be switchable for soft/hard while still in race/sports mode (as per Scuderia).

9. Fit a ultra lightweight battery. The latest lightweight batteries even outweight the PC925 by using laptop battery technology, the weight a miniscule 4.5kg's [10 lbs] but are expensive (around $1000 usd). This can save another 16kgs [ 35lbs ] over stock.

10. Replace factory carbon adjustible seats with racing fixed bucket carbons for another 15kg's over stock.

+ many many more things. Look to Challenge series for inspiration! Thats essentially where many of the parts and idea's come from for the CS in the first place.
Outstanding comprehensive list.
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Boxer or others - any advice on conditioning the batteries. My carpark is communal so it doesnot come with electric sockets to plug in. Also, my horse did not come with the battery conditioning option that new Ferrari's have. Do you know of any portable/ stand alone devices that can condition the batteries whenever I am out of town for a couple of weeks and the horse is just left idle? thanks.
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Boxer or others - any advice on conditioning the batteries. My carpark is communal so it doesnot come with electric sockets to plug in. Also, my horse did not come with the battery conditioning option that new Ferrari's have. Do you know of any portable/ stand alone devices that can condition the batteries whenever I am out of town for a couple of weeks and the horse is just left idle? thanks.

You should be able to find a solar powered battery conditioner. I would then fit the leads directly to the battery terminals. It should help.
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Air filter and 200 cell HFC's with O2 spacers to ensure you don't code. Easy changes that make a noticeable difference. Also lighter wheels if you can find a design you like.
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