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When did I build a moat? We're putting up a big wall, but I'm pretty sure there's no moat. tongue.gif


Heading back home, thank God, New York is okay but it's far too crowded and busy for me. I'm glad I wasn't driving, I let my minion handle it and she got me a car and driver while I was here (a Merc S550), and it wasn't too much more than using cabs (I figured it up) but a hell of alot cleaner and more personable. Beat the hell out of renting a car and driving myself around the city, that's for sure. The driver was a hoot, the young guy worked really hard to anticipate my needs and help me with anything (knew the entire city like the back of his hand), though trying to set me up with a "date" was probably a little too much. He asked if I was married, I told him "sure am", and then he asked if I preferred blondes or redheads. LOL! I said, "I don't fool around with anyone but my wife". Guy shakes his head, "Sir, you have no idea how rare you are." rolleyes.gif Even hooked me up with some great gifts for my wife at a jewelry shop in Greenwich Village, it had the most impressive gothic assortment I've ever seen, it wasn't until we were back in the car and on to my next appointment that I found out that the place was kind of famous/infamous (Catherine Angiel). Oh well, what I bought was nice.
 

What about the subway system? Is it better or worse during normal hours?

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What about the subway system? Is it better or worse during normal hours?


You're kidding? Right? You ever smelled a NYC subway station?eek.gif

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If you like the smell of homeless guys and hookers, the NYC Subway is the place to be!!
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Subway? Really? I don't believe they go out to Long Island. rolleyes.gif
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So did you buy any cars from him this time?

Yes. I got a 2009 599 GTB, with one of these:


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You're kidding? Right? You ever smelled a NYC subway station?eek.gif

So its terrible?

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Yes. I got a 2009 599 GTB, with one of these:


 

Hmmm... Manual 599 GTB. Those are becoming quite rare aren't they? Though the 599 isn't my favourite of front engined modern Ferraris. The Ferrari 575M is my favourite front engined modern Ferrari.

Any exterior shots? I suppose it's red isn't it?

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Black, actually, I'll get some shots up tomorrow. I'm beat.

Yes, manual 599s are rare, less than 1% of them have 3 pedals.
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Yes. I got a 2009 599 GTB, with one of these:


 

Aha! So yours is better than Chris Harris' 599.....he has the "flappy paddles". (and his steering wheel is on the wrong side) Congrats!

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Black, actually, I'll get some shots up tomorrow. I'm beat.

Yes, manual 599s are rare, less than 1% of them have 3 pedals.

 

But how does it drive or feel compared to its flappy paddle variant? I've heard that the 599 was specially designed with the flappy paddle gearbox.

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But how does it drive or feel compared to its flappy paddle variant? I've heard that the 599 was specially designed with the flappy paddle gearbox.

Well sure - any of the modern exotics with paddles is going to be designed for the paddles - I don't think there's any argument that from a pure performance aspect, the paddles win - that's why all the F1 cars now have paddles - but I agree with Magick and Top Gear that ultimate performance be d@mned - None of us can take these cars anywhere near the point where that makes a difference. It's about having fun while driving - and a clutch and stick is more fun than the paddles!
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What's with the title and the worthwhile life stuff???
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Damn, I wish I was at the Goodwood festival this weekend, I'm going to try to get there next year, come hell or floods. This looks amazing, but I bet it'll tarnish like a SOB:


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Any exterior shots? I suppose it's red isn't it?


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But how does it drive or feel compared to its flappy paddle variant? I've heard that the 599 was specially designed with the flappy paddle gearbox.

It's the only 599 I've driven, and it seemed okay, but the clutch was set all wrong. The release was way too high, as was the pedal position itself. Not a big deal, we can fix that.

Ferrari claims the gearbox was designed to work sequentially (with paddles) or with a stick. The dual clutch design of the transmission itself is much the same as the one used in the F430 (despite the difference in engine position); an electronically controlled, rear-mounted affair, integrated with the differential (a transaxle) for better weight distribution. Similar to the California and the Alfa 8C. The clutch is simply manually actuated instead of automatically. Remove the servo assist, add a pedal, change the software, and connect the shifter directly to the actuator, bypassing the TCU - which is still installed and even connected, but in this instance works mostly to match revs on downshifts and control gearbox oil pressure. Theoretically, any 599 (including the GTO) can be swapped back and forth, provided you have the necessary hardware/software. Fun fact, the ECU and TCU on the 599 manual is unlocked from the factory, allowing for easier adjustments at the dealerships, allegedly so they can fine tune each gearbox to the driver. However, they sold so few of them that it was almost never practiced, which led to beliefs that 3-pedal 599s are rubbish. They aren't, they simply need to be "fitted" to the owner. Another problem is the incredibly low mass of the flywheel, great for paddles, not so good for a stick. However, this can be remedied and we plan on doing some adjustments to the existing part, or fabbing our own from a heavier alloy, my friend Richard very good at this, casts his own molds and everything.
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Damn, I wish I was at the Goodwood festival this weekend, I'm going to try to get there next year, come hell or floods. This looks amazing, but I bet it'll tarnish like a SOB:



It's the only 599 I've driven, and it seemed okay, but the clutch was set all wrong. The release was way too high, as was the pedal position itself. Not a big deal, we can fix that.

Ferrari claims the gearbox was designed to work sequentially (with paddles) or with a stick. The dual clutch design of the transmission itself is much the same as the one used in the F430 (despite the difference in engine position); an electronically controlled, rear-mounted affair, integrated with the differential (a transaxle) for better weight distribution. Similar to the California and the Alfa 8C. The clutch is simply manually actuated instead of automatically. Remove the servo assist, add a pedal, change the software, and connect the shifter directly to the actuator, bypassing the TCU - which is still installed and even connected, but in this instance works mostly to match revs on downshifts and control gearbox oil pressure. Theoretically, any 599 (including the GTO) can be swapped back and forth, provided you have the necessary hardware/software. Fun fact, the ECU and TCU on the 599 manual is unlocked from the factory, allowing for easier adjustments at the dealerships, allegedly so they can fine tune each gearbox to the driver. However, they sold so few of them that it was almost never practiced, which led to beliefs that 3-pedal 599s are rubbish. They aren't, they simply need to be "fitted" to the owner. Another problem is the incredibly low mass of the flywheel, great for paddles, not so good for a stick. However, this can be remedied and we plan on doing some adjustments to the existing part, or fabbing our own from a heavier alloy, my friend Richard very good at this, casts his own molds and everything.


That Peugeot looks absolutely sinister. It would be worth having just for the looks of terror in rearview mirrorsvery_evil_smiley.gif

 

I'd be interested in seeing the fit log you keep on the 599. Do you plan on publishing it here?

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Although I do find it fascinating, I don't fully understand everything the mechanics do. Sometimes I help, they hand me things and try to explain to the best of their ability, and I have picked up a lot of general technical knowledge, but more often than not I just end up slowing them down. redface.gif
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