I've had my new 550 for about 1 1/4 years now and just discovered under the carpet behind the drivers seat a removable rectangular block of black plastic. does anyone know what this is all about? :question:
:-? This is the first time I've asked anyone since I just discovered it over the weekend vacuumiing the interior. Behind the driver's seat on the floor the carpeting is formed with a hump in it. when you lift the carpet from the back you can remove an almost square black plastic piece about 1' x 1' x 2" or 3". When you turn it over it has several 3" or so diameter holes cut in (but not all the way through). The floor behind the passenger seat is flat with nothing like this there.
It almost looks like a drink holder that you would carry a 1/2 dozen cups of coffee in ... but I don't think so!!!
Don't have a pic right now but I will get one in the next few days.
Welcome to the forum. I hope to see more post from you and hear some stories about your 550. Perhaps the container was left by the dealer? There is another user on here with a 550. His name is Bart so hopefully he will see this post and will be able to answer your question.
I have a 550. When I was first cleaning my car I discovered that box. It looked like a cup holder but very poorly done. I went to my mechinic and he had no idea. Down to Ferrari of Orange County I went. The service department had no idea. The salesmen were very hopeless.
At last, the owner came out and looked at it. He knew what it was.
Well, tell us!
It was for the computer if the car had the paddle shifter. Since mine is a manual shick, there is no computer. THe carpeting is the same for all so they put a junky piece of plastic in it.
This is a great bar bet. 99% of Ferrari people will lose to you if you asked.
PS: is the 550 as great car or what? I love mine. I cannot figure out how it could be better.
The owner of Ferrari of Orange County said the computer for the paddle shifter was to be located behind the front seat. The carpeting was standard for all 550s. Since mine has no computer box, the plastic thing is a spacer. That is all I know. I do not even know if the paddle shifter was ever available on the 550.
Remember, mine is an early model. In the later ones they may have changed it. Mine is SS# 108108 which was made in May of 1997.
I think it is possible that they kept the option open and I think I heard rumours of F1-shifting being available on late Maranello cars, but I don't think it ever went thru. However, it might be plausible since the F1-shift system was introduced on the 355. If I remember correctly it should be in that serial number range (around 109000-110000) So, very possible that they build space into a Maranello, just in case.
Did Bart ever get a reply from Ferrari on the supposed spacer for a potential F1 shifter? I started this question and would like to hear if the answer (which sounds good) is confirmed. :ex:
BTW, I think the Maranello is an outstanding car! Not only is it a fab over-the-road GT (I have driven it from Boston to Pittsburgh) but is performs very well on the track (I've had it on Watkins Glen a few times). You just need to turn off the traction control for certain types of corners.
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