Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: UK & Texas
Ferrari Life Posts: 15,131
Inspired by Jimmy write ups on commuting in his 275 GTB/4 and Daytona, with not a cloud in sight on a crisp late winter morning, I decided to drive the Daytona to the office today.
Up went the garage door, pop the long hood, unplug the battery conditioner, and drop into the snug bucket behind the large slim leather covered steering wheel. Disconnect the alarm, insert the key, and turn 2 notches to the right. Wait and listen to the pumps filling the webers, as the clicking slows, turn the key one more notch to the right and give it a bit of gas. After 10 seconds, the beast awakens (and probably so does half the neighborhood). Open the drivers and head back into the house to lock everything up while the Daytona slowly warms up. After 10 minutes, it is back to the car, toss the briefcase in the boot and settle in behind the steering wheel. Quick glace over the right shoulder, and slow back out of the garage. Now comes the upper body work out as you need to muscle the Daytona slowly out of the driveway and onto the street. Once we start rolling, everything begins to lighten up nicely. Quick shift up from 1st to 3rd (forget 2nd until the engine is fully warmed which given that it is 0 C out 2nd gear has the day off) and use the massive torque of the V12 to pull us along sedately.
Once we have cleared the town and there are no signs of frost on the side of the road, the right foot extends a bit and the rpms begin to climb. As the engine is slow to warm, we keep it around 3000 rpm for the 1st half of the drive. We have now settled into a nice flow as we run across country to the highway. A couple of quick tests of the brakes, and they seem to be working well. I also use the time to run through a test of all the lights, signals, etc in the cabin, with the exception of the heating, all is spot on. The heating in the Daytona seems to be as pathetic as the air-conditioning. Mental note to self to check all the connections later. It is now onto the highway and the interchange goes smoothly. We are quickly up to speed and I drop into 5th to cruise right at the speed limit at just over 3000 rpms. After 10 minutes, cruising like this you begin to imagine just continuing for another 10 hours and driving straight down to Monaco. The drivers seat in the Daytona is a great place to start any day.
After 10 miles it is off the highway and back onto smaller roads. Coming off the ramp a gentleman on a big sports bike slows and waves me in. He then pulls up along side, gives a big thumbs up before disappearing at the next traffic light. 10 minutes later, we pull into the office garage, and the fun ends.