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F40 in the Alps

Had a great drive in the F40 yesterday. We started in north west Switzerland, got up at the crack of dawn and headed towards the Alps. Destination were the Susten, Furka, and Grimsel Passes. Despite threats of rain, the weather held and we had mostly sun until mid afternoon. Susten was absolutely brilliant. not much traffic, road was in very good condition, and the views where breathtaking. Furka not quite as pleasant as it was more crowded and on coming traffic resulted in several very tight squeezes in a few places. Worst of which was having to stop on an steep incline to let a bus thread past with about 2 inches in between us. Grimsel again was brilliant and we almost turned around to give it a 2nd run.

The F40 handled all three exceptionally well. The back end did not move off line a single time and the steering set up is near perfect for carving up the passes. The brakes held well and I was careful on their usage to the extent that we had no fading even though we ran both the Furka & Grimsel passes back to back without stopping.

All in all a great day.

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Had a great drive in the F40 yesterday. We started in north west Switzerland, got up at the crack of dawn and headed towards the Alps. Destination were the Susten, Furka, and Grimsel Passes. Despite threats of rain, the weather held and we had mostly sun until mid afternoon. Susten was absolutely brilliant. not much traffic, road was in very good condition, and the views where breathtaking. Furka not quite as pleasant as it was more crowded and on coming traffic resulted in several very tight squeezes in a few places. Worst of which was having to stop on an steep incline to let a bus thread past with about 2 inches in between us. Grimsel again was brilliant and we almost turned around to give it a 2nd run.

The F40 handled all three exceptionally well. The back end did not move off line a single time and the steering set up is near perfect for carving up the passes. The brakes held well and I was careful on their usage to the extent that we had no fading even though we ran both the Furka & Grimsel passes back to back without stopping.

All in all a great day.
Very nice Boxer ,i have also been enjoying a lot my F40. It is ni and compact! It does not feel as big as the other two! I do really enjoy the accelerations altho at 150 kms or more you start to get a lightness sensation! Any way , it is nice reading you!

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Great story and nice photo Boxer. Lina and I travelled from Geneva to Zurich last July as part of our annual European sojourn but we didn't see anything like that! Guess that means we have a reason to go back! Do you have any pics of your F40?

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Great story and nice photo Boxer. Lina and I travelled from Geneva to Zurich last July as part of our annual European sojourn but we didn't see anything like that! Guess that means we have a reason to go back! Do you have any pics of your F40?

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Here are a couple of the F40, in the first from yesterday you can just see the front nose in the parking area and the second is from a year or two ago.
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That second photo is a great shot of such an iconic ferrari. Thanks for posting.

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Funnily, thats exactly the same place I took a picture of my 275 GTB 7 years ago...
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Funnily, thats exactly the same place I took a picture of my 275 GTB 7 years ago...:
But don't they say that great minds think alike?

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Looks like one or should I say two very special days!

2 inches - bet that F40 got cozy for a moment.

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Looks like one or should I say two very special days!

2 inches - bet that F40 got cozy for a moment.
It did. Got a lot of thumbs up from motorcyclists which was quite nice. Guess they don't see that many F40s in the passes.
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What great photos, Boxer and 212! Great journey for both you and the F40!
My memory of the Grimsel was through the windscreen of my old Opel when I was a student... I have to go back one of these days!
Thanks for sharing it, Boxer.

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Ah happy memories from June this year when the bluebird and I headed down to the Interlaken and found a wonderful road sign. Sustenpass straight ahead, Grimselpass to the right. On a cloudy Tuesday morning the passes were pretty empty. We enjoyed a fabulous drive across the Susten to the tiny quaint town of Wassen where I met some friends. In a convoy of Lambo, AMGs and 996 Turbo we drove back across Susten, tackled the Grimsel and Furka passes en route to our overnight stop at Bormio. The roads became progressively drier for each pass, from light snowfall at the peak of Susten to a dry Furka. The bluebird just got better and better as we howled along, reeling in the others along the shortest of straights between the bends. I find that I really bond with my Ferrari in the mountains. Grimsel and Furka remain one of my all time favourite drives.

Thank you for the memories, Boxer, when I read your story, I was there with you!

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Interestingly, the pass road down from Furka to Andermatt passes the Fuel Station which was shown in the '64 James Bond "Goldfinger". It was the Scene were Sean Connery cut the car Body of the cute, rifle shooting lady with his flywheels. She left her car at that Station and took her luggage (with the rifle) into Sean's Aston.

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thanks for posting, Boxer !

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Sounds magnificent Boxer. I get he impression that the air hungry turbo engine in your F40 had no trouble finding the Oxygen content it craved either.


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Sounds magnificent Boxer. I get he impression that the air hungry turbo engine in your F40 had no trouble finding the Oxygen content it craved either.
The turbos were fine but the cooling did suffer a bit in the thin air at the higher altitudes.
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Maybe we should go back for FLED 12!
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What FLED is it now? Sicily? Then ireland? And then Spring '14? What FLED would that be?

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What FLED is it now? Sicily? Then ireland? And then Spring '14? What FLED would that be?
Have you put in a request to use the FLED branding for the Sicily trip?
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