Ferrari F430 Scuderia--Test Drive Video Review with Chris Moran from Chicago Motor Cars
Another amazing supercar from Chicago Motor Cars...a 2009 Ferrari F430 Scuderia with only 2K miles! Presented by Chris Moran from Chicago Motor Cars
The Ferrari doesn't triumph because it coddles its occupants—it lacks many of the features one would demand in a Chevy Aveo. Its windows, for example, don't go down. And the extra cost of the 430 over the Audi—nearly $140,000—doesn't do it any favors. It wins because it provides the definitive supercar experience.
Every piece of the Ferrari seems to have been thoroughly considered, engineered, and tuned by people whose wants and needs are harmonious with our own. Start with the reactive and tactile steering that never fails to relay information through the steering wheel. Subtleties such as a seating position so close to the front axle aren't noticed until you move from the Audi to the Ferrari. We're not talking about the relationship between the pedals and the steering wheel, which is nearly perfect. In the Ferrari, you sit closer to the front of the car, as if you're perched over the front wheels. The benefits are improved forward sightlines, which make the car easier to place in corners, and a greater sensitivity to what's happening at the front tires' contact patches. It's a subtle difference but one that gives the Ferrari an advantage.
Both cars have carbon-ceramic brakes, but the Ferrari's gently scrub off speed in a more progressive manner. Even the six-speed automated manual gearbox, with its steering-column-mounted paddles, works better than others we've driven. Depending on throttle position and engine rpm, shifts can be nearly luxury-car smooth or so snappingly quick that we half expect to see metal chunks lying under the car when we stop. (We checked; it never happened.)
Certainly the engine isn't fearful of abuse. Nearly a liter down in displacement, the Ferrari engine is just 22 horses short of the Audi V-10. But with a burden of only 3069 pounds to toss around, the Ferrari was able to match the Audi's 0-to-60-mph time of 3.5 seconds. At higher speeds, the Ferrari gradually makes up for its lack of all-wheel-drive traction and shows off its superior power-to-weight ratio of 6.1 pounds per horsepower. At the quarter-mile, which comes in 11.6 seconds at 127 mph, the Ferrari is traveling 5 mph faster than the Bavarian. The Ferrari is roughly 600 pounds lighter than the Audi, and that lightness infuses the Ferrari with a more responsive feel than the Audi has.
At least some of the mass advantage of the Ferrari is from the lack of sound insulation, and even carpeting. Exposed welds, intricate castings with foam dimples, and the bonded floor panels are all visible from the driver's seat. Consequently, pebbles thrown into the wheel wells are audible, as is the scrubbing sound of brake pads skimming across the 15.7-inch front carbon-ceramic rotors—stops from 70 mph are among the best in the automotive world, at 143 feet.
And yet, despite its spartan accommodations, we can't gripe about a lack of refinement. Ride quality is slightly stiffer than in the Audi but never abusive. The race seats looked like they might have us squirming uncomfortably. But even though they lack the fine adjustments and leather lining of the Audi's, they pamper and are comfortable for longer periods of time.
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Fernando Alonso drives Ferrari 458 Spider
Right before the start of the race weekend of the Italian Grand Prix in Monza, Fernando Alonso wanted to try the new 458 Spider, which will be presented at the IAA Frankfurt next Tuesday. The Scuderia Ferrari driver enjoyed the potential of the 8-cylinder mid-rear engine from the Prancing Horse - with hard top and fitted with the same most advanced technological content as the multi-awarded 458 Italia and now available in an "en plein air" version - on the roads around Maranello.
Alonso was extremely satisfied with the perfect combination of high performance, exceptional handling and the engine sound the 458 Spider is able to deliver.
First Time Driving a Lamborghini: Imagine Lifestyles Luxury Rentals
Imagine Lifestyles takes a potential customer for their first ride ever in a Lamborghini. Nothing excites us more than being there for people for a first time experience in one of our luxury and exotic rental cars. Ferrari, Lamborghini, Rolls Royce, Bentley, Mercedes, Land Rover and more our selection of exotic and luxury rental cars is second to none.
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Shifting techiques in a manual trans Ferrari 360 modena
I'm certainly no pro driver but just showing how my particular car behaves and what is required to shift smoothly. YMMV
It helps to listen to the RPM sound and carefully observe the tach between shifts. Note how I pause slightly in the neutral position before engaging the next gear.
WATCH ME!!! How To Drive Manual (stick shift) INTERACTIVE TUTORIAL
Interactive tutorial on how to drive stick shift for complete beginners.
Comprehensive coverage of concepts, demonstration and application.
GRAB YOUR SMARTPHONE, MANUAL CAR, AND START DRIVING!
Push starting may be more complicated, which is why I suggested jumper cables.
FYI: To push start a car:
1. Find a hill or find a friend/stranger to push the car
2. Put the key to the ON position
3. Push in and hold the clutch pedal while it is in gear (2nd gear might be smoother)
4. Gain momentum either by gravity or friend
5. Let go of the clutch, and the car will be running
The car is a 2000 Honda Civic Si.
I used the Canon 60d dslr w/ Tokina 12-24 f/4 lens.
Sorry for the mess. I was installing an alarm.
2013 Ferrari F12 Berlinetta: The Grandest Tourer - Ignition Episode 28
On this episode of Ignition, Carlos Lago heads to Italy to test out the fastest and most powerful production Ferrari ever made, the 2013 F12 Berlinetta. The trip begins with spirited hot laps around the legendary Fiorano test circuit, then moves to the winding road to see how this V-12 beast behaves as a grand tourer.
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