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We have Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus on my wife's BMW. Nice tire, handles & cruises well - but we really don't drive that car very hard.
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Originally Posted by Magick Man View Post

Sounds like you love the car, and that's what matters, not anyone else's perceptions. Remember, all power is relative to weight, a 100hp car can feel like a rocket if it only weighs 800kg, Lotus and MG proved that decades ago. I love cars that are torquey in the mid-upper powerband, you can putter around quietly 90% of the time, sipping gas, but when you floor it they come to life. That's a lot of fun.

I spent a couple days driving nothing else but the F1, even took it down to the shops to get my comics and all that. For what it is, it's easy to drive in traffic, at least compared to similar cars (like the F40). The steering is light and perfect, suspension is taut but doesn't beat you up (after we did some adjusting), the brakes are extremely good (they're CC, not steel), and the clutch isn't nearly as heavy as one would fear (all CF/kevlar). I have the GTR sequential gearbox, but it's heavy and unnecessary, so it's in storage. When's the last time you've driven a car w/o ABS, TC, or even power steering? Doesn't matter though, it all just works due to amazing engineering and the lightness of the chassis. Next week it'll have A/C, too! Hooray! No stereo though, I'm never adding one. There's nothing in the world like that car, and that's a real shame because it would be awesome if more people could drive them. Funny thing, a few people have asked me if it's real and I tell them, "Yeah, right, you'd need to be nuts to drive a real F1 around town." biggrin.gif So I guess they think it's a replica and go about their business, most folks don't know what it is though, and that's fine too.

I'm a Michelin guy and I try to put PSS, PS2, or PSC tires on everything I have, unless they're completely unnecessary. They're just incredible meats and worth every cent. While I do have some Pirellis on a few cars, because Michelin hasn't made a size-equivalent, I don't like them nearly as much.

It's my first car so I very much love it but it will also serve me a way to improve my driving biggrin.gif. Even if its pedal position isn't very ideal for heel and toe braking, I have managed successful downshifts when driving it. It's absolutely great being a petrol head since very little, all those years I've been practising the movement and watching videos on how to do it has been very much paid off.

 

Who needs stereo when you have that glorious BMW V12 engine sitting exactly behind you. The sound of that alone is music to my ears.

 

I will be considering Michelins if they don't have the Continental ExtremeContact I just hope it's available in the right size. Thanks for the tip.

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It's not that loud really, they did a fair bit of sound damping to it when they did the conversion, so it doesn't really roar until you give it some stick. Plus it's tuned conservatively, or at least compared to its peak output of ~800hp. I've not heard a stock street F1 in person, but it's probably a little louder than one of those.

I missed the Diablo and Jalpa delivery due to my wife's surgery, but my guys say they arrived intact and as expected, so maybe we can get them checked out and ready before long.
Edited by Magick Man - 6/2/13 at 12:05am
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I missed the Diablo and Jalpa delivery due to my wife's surgery, but my guys say they arrived intact and as expected, so maybe we can get them checked out and ready before long.

Now that is a devoted husband....being with the wife in surgery instead of waiting for the Lamborghinis to arrive! You're a better man than I would have been....lol.

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Now that is a devoted husband....being with the wife in surgery instead of waiting for the Lamborghinis to arrive! You're a better man than I would have been....lol.

It was the better choice. You'd have to think of your future if you went for the Lambos biggrin.gif

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It was the better choice. You'd have to think of your future if you went for the Lambos biggrin.gif

Especially when they have a tendency to commit suicide by torching themselves. biggrin.gif

(No offense Magick)

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I don't understand why people remove the fire extinguishers, they're there for a reason.
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I don't understand why people remove the fire extinguishers, they're there for a reason.

So are rev limiters and restrictor plates, but in those cases, they aren't there for a *good* reason! tongue.gif
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So are rev limiters and restrictor plates, but in those cases, they aren't there for a *good* reason! tongue.gif

I can think of one very good reason for rev limiters. Obviously, for prolonging the life of the engine. tongue.gif

Air restrictor though I agree.

 

BTW Magick, I know that your F1 is a GTR model converted for the road but is it still a single seater or are the two seats been padded to accommodate passengers? Oh and if you don't mind, I would like to know what your wife thought about the F1.

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It has 3 seats, it's a real conversion. My wife likes it, but she doesn't know exactly what I paid. Not that I'm withholding, she simply hasn't asked (and probably doesn't want to).
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It has 3 seats, it's a real conversion. My wife likes it, but she doesn't know exactly what I paid. Not that I'm withholding, she simply hasn't asked (and probably doesn't want to).

 

The perfect family car then! biggrin.gif

Yeah, asking how much an F1 costs is quite an absurd question. No one needs to know because it is almost pure unobtainium anyways.

BTW, I have seen a picture of a long tail F1 on the road. Is that even possible?

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Now that is a devoted husband....being with the wife in surgery instead of waiting for the Lamborghinis to arrive! You're a better man than I would have been....lol.

Wife >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> cars, of course.
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The perfect family car then! biggrin.gif

Yeah, asking how much an F1 costs is quite an absurd question. No one needs to know because it is almost pure unobtainium anyways.
BTW, I have seen a picture of a long tail F1 on the road. Is that even possible?

Not in the USA, though it's possible in the ME as most of those countries have virtually no restrictions.

It's my wife, if she wants to know what I paid, then I'll tell her, but she's been avoiding the subject. She isn't stupid, not by a long shot, I'm sure she's Googled past selling prices and has a reasonable idea.
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Not in the USA, though it's possible in the ME as most of those countries have virtually no restrictions.
 

IIRC, I watched it in a documentary called "The Car's the Star" in YouTube, it was a Papaya Orange McLaren F1 GTR Long Tail Road Car with UK Plates. Quite bonkers actually.

 

EDIT: Actually, scratch that after rewatching the documentary again, it's not even road legal. Though it would be very much awesome if it were. Well there's the F1 GT for that. Talking about that, I wonder where the 5 GTs have been gone? They seemed to just disappear into thin air.

 

2nd EDIT: I was wrong again, a long tail road legal GTR does exists.

Those look like British plates.


Edited by VortexBlast - 6/2/13 at 11:47am
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There are 3 GTs, or so McLaren says. 1 is in Brunei, 1 is in the ZAZ Museum in Japan, and the last is at McLaren HQ.
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OK - since we're talking about McLaren, I have to ask about the P1. I'm really struggling with the point of including the electric motor. The car has a 727 bhp V-8 and a 176 bhp electric motor. The batteries can run the car all electric for.... 12 miles @ an average speed of 30 MPH! I know someone is going to say "the electric motor gives it great off the line performance" - OK - but you're telling me that a car as light as the P1 (if you delete the batteries, electric motor and special hybrid clutch & transmission) that has "only" 727 bhp isn't still going to go like slick snot?? The only reason I can give for this car is that McLaren doesn't want to be the only kid in class without a hybrid supercar.
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