Join Date: Aug 2007
Ferrari Life Posts: 1,130
An interesting drive
Today is an ideal day for a drive to keep the battery charged and to get all the fluids up to temperature. It rained the past few nights, washing the salt away and today is a dry sunny crisp clear day. A beautiful European Winter's day. So during lunch I slipped out to the 308's lair and fired her up.
Slowly we head out and the little berlinetta is like a grumpy child being dragged out of bed on a cold morning for school. Lumpy idle, not happy with tickling the throttle while keeping the revs down and keeping to the speed limit, and lumpy ride on cold gumballs.
Pull into a petrol station just off the beaten the track and a number of people seem to have the same idea about a great driving day. Spot a Fiat 124 spider, top down and a Ferrari 612 in black. Man that Ferrari is big but is aging gracefully (thanks perhaps to the FF?) and looks impressive in the rearview mirror with its wide gaping snout.
Car warm and on the open road. Five lanes each way, traffic light, sun shining. Great heater, move the slider down a notch. The grumpy child has been replaced by a supple smooth strong athletic animal. A first generation M3 is approaching fast in the left lane. Floor it and soon we are doing 190. The M3 sails past, must be going flat out. Keep the throttle burried and soon, very soon, the gap closes. We pass the M3 at 230 with 7000 on the revcounter. Still more to come but acceleration has tapered off and time to ease off. At 160 the BM sails past. Point made, affection and respect mingle in the pure driving pleasure of the moment. The F1 Cosworth scream is replaced by a creamy roar at 4000, an effortless cruise. Surprisingly comfortable ride, little windnoise but occasional rattle from the large fiberglass rear deck. The little red racing car makes a suprisingly good GT.
The GTB is smoother than ever, water temp remains below a third, oil temp just off the minimum mark. Back to the garage and the radiator fans kick in silently and smoothly as the water temp moves to just below half during the slow drive from the highway back to her lair.
Oh to be taking her for a blast on FLED4! Oh well there will be other times. Both car and driver looking forward to getting back to the twisties soon. Alps in the Summer anyone?