Just got back not long ago and sh*t, I'm bushed, it's been a really long day. Very fun, but extremely hard on an old fart like me. BTW, Wolverine was very good, we liked it alot.
Seriously? This is the car you're waiting on the edge of your seat for?
The way it drives is like... a GT-R and Mac F1, and Corvette had a bastard love child. Oh wait, that's 3 people, isn't it? Well whatever, it's good. It's very, very good. It has basic throttle-control TC that can be switched off, but no ESC, not even airbags, there's no other safety gear in this car except seat belts (and a pair of extra harnesses) and rollcage. All in all, it's very pure and clean with minimal fidgety buttons and switches. Fit and finish is good>excellent, given its class, but with that handmade feel (doesn't give off a strong kit car vibe). However, there are things they got wrong:
I asked for black int, I got orange and black. That's the most serious, because I wanted it to be basic in case I ever decided to paint it another color.
They gave me CF valve covers and manifold, I asked for aluminum. But, that was only due to price of the CF option ($1500), so that's really a free upgrade.
The tranny temp gauge didn't work. WTH? The cable was disconnected from the sensor. Really? (Okay, maybe this is the most serious.)
I ordered carbon barreled HRE wheels, got the stock Forgelines. They're nice, but not $20k nice, they're sending me the correct ones and I'm going to buy the Forgelines for track use.
It has the basic stereo when I requested it to be deleted. I don't like audio in cars like these, it's a distraction and can detract from the engine sound.
No printed manual, just a DVD with all the schematics, specs, and testing data. That's all good to have, but I like getting a big book.
It's not something they did wrong, but the suspension setup (by Penske) requires a ME degree from MIT to figure out. There are literally >10000 damping combinations. And it must have been set on the hardest one, because it didn't have any give at all. My guys are pretty good, though, they sorted it all out and even taught me how to adjust it. We got the basic track and street presets done, and that's generally fine with me for now. Set softer it's pretty darned comfortable, not MP4 standard, but it beats a GT-R or C6 vette, it handles small>moderate bumps like a champ. Seats are nice with good support and hold you in well.
I didn't get to drive it very long before dark, but it's a beast. The electric-asst R&P steering is fantastic, it has a very analog, direct feel with a tight turn radius from L-to-L. And chassis balance is neutral to slight understeer, but nothing that can't be washed out with a little power. In fact, making it misbehave isn't hard at all, but mechanically it wants to grip and stay true (tons of grip). The throttle response is telepathic, and that's the only way it is, there are no options for that. It's balls-out crazy as standard and it makes no excuses for it. It's like "hey, I'm a racecar, if you didn't want that you should have bought a Gallardo", the same as the F1, actually (we can tune some of that out with a few presets, programmable ECU). No, out of the box this car isn't for tourists, or porky well-to-do CEOs who want a go-fast car for the weekends. If you don't pay attention, it'll bite your hand and spit back your fingers. That's really admirable and I love that. However, the clutch isn't heavy, it's pretty light really, as far as things like this go. The Tremec 6-spd is great, as usual, and the rear ratio is pretty short (3.91), with a redline shift from 1>2 @45mph. It's easily a 3s car to 60 with a good launch and shift, 10s in the quarter. Early opinion is, I very much like it, but it would probably intimidate the hell out of all but hardcore drivers, because there are few compromises to accommodate chuckleheads who just want an expensive car to drive around town. This is Falcon's greatest achievement, and potentially their downfall. It's too much of a handful for rich, stupid people.
Shut yo mouth! It does look better in person. But, if you, say, hate the look of the GTR or LFA, then you likely wouldn't dig the F7 either. All that carbon fiber is impressive, however, and despite that it manages to look understated, compared to a Ferrari or Lambo, and that's not really a bad thing, to me.
Ahh. To each there own. To me it still looks like a knock off Aston that was ironed and folded the wrong way. Just does not have the draw for me. (flips over to Lancia Stratos replica page for the umpteenth time)