Sorry for the delay in replying, I've been travelling and only just now had a chance to write.
Well, the car is everything you can imagine and more. I feel very grateful to be the keeper of such a vehicle, and I try and share with as many enthusiasts as possible. I have taken her to Quail twice, Concorso Italiano three times, and several different cars and coffee and drive events.
Sometimes, it is hard to separate my brain from the magic light that shines from this car because it bathes me in its light. It is very easy to get carried away that you are somebody special, when in fact it is the car that is special, so I try and keep myself honest which is not so easy when you are surrounded by many inquiring and adoring faces. I do get asked a lot of personal questions, but I do my best to avoid answering them. I find this to be a little tricky. However, most people are appreciative of the car and the opportunity to be up close and personal with it.
Two people annoyed me the most. The first one was some wealthy collector who came up to me at Concorso and said "What else you got" and the other guy said "I'll write you a check right now, how much". The guy at the pizza shop, who said, "Fantastic 308", well I just smile to myself, that doesn't bother me at all !!
Driving the car can be tricky on public roads. She is very low and very fast, particularly the mid-range acceleration as she spools the turbos. The speed is relentless and the thrill of a mid-engine 1200 Kg Ferrari with 400 HP is hard to express. I'm running modern Toyo Proxes autocross tires, and they are great on warm days. The overall grip levels are very high and she keeps up with almost anything on the road, which is pretty crazy for a 32 year old beast. She doesn't like bad roads at all, the suspension is very sensitive and the feedback through the wheel can be brutal when hitting bumps and grooves. But on smooth, fast sweepers, she is absolutely sensational..I always get the sense that she is just playing with me, chiding me that I don't know how to drive, that she could easily have gone into those turns at least 20 or 30 mph more than I was willing to give. In a tight parking lot, she can be a handful without the power assist. I try not to drive at night, since the 80's headlight technology is where I really feel the difference with modern machines.
On the mechanical side, I have made some replica seats because the factory seats are so narrow with very little padding and my butt would hurt after only 30 minutes, making the car very dangerous to drive since I could no longer enjoy or concentrate on the task. The seats are truly stunning and one of the FCA judges told me that the seats are "too good" to come from the factory, but I take that as a compliment ! I did change the turbo oil return lines to flexible hoses instead of the factory hard line, since the guys from DK Engineering told me that they crack and the hot oil can catch fire. I also added a fire extinguisher at the base of the passenger seat just in case I need to act quickly. It took me a while to find the right brake pads...the pads that were recommended on the other forum by Steve et. al. were not to my liking, but at this point I'm very satisfied with the results. Washing the car will always soak your air filters, so now I am careful to block them up before a detail session. Next year, she will probably spend some time in the shop for a belt service and other regular maintenance.
Last edited by sss; 04-07-2018 at 08:45 PM.