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I texted my daughter, she says she knows the bands but doesn't listen to them

Ah... I know Maroon 5, they have a few songs that are okay, I've heard of the second, but not sure what they sing.
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I'm disappointed the F1 wasn't considered... tongue.gif
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I didn't last long at the concert. Standing was too much for me after walking the san Francisco hills for 3 days. The 20-something year old girls screaming and holding their iPhones up in front of my face on every song didn't help. It wasn't Aerosmith or AC/DC...
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I'm disappointed the F1 wasn't considered... tongue.gif

Too powerful, and there's the issue with parts, rarity, and the amount I have in it... I could buy almost seven more F40s for that much money. redface.gif
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Too powerful, and there's the issue with parts, rarity, and the amount I have in it... I could buy almost seven more F40s for that much money. redface.gif

Ah an F 40 returning to the habitat for which it was born, warms my heart.

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I didn't last long at the concert. Standing was too much for me after walking the san Francisco hills for 3 days. The 20-something year old girls screaming and holding their iPhones up in front of my face on every song didn't help. It wasn't Aerosmith or AC/DC...

 

Yes the black keys are quite good however new Maroon 5 is sorta................ Too pop ish......

 

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Nothing can really compare to Aerosmith and AC/DC....... I forgot that they were sorta still touring around when you were young :P 
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:beerchug:

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Two things.

First, we were talking about a V8 race car for next year at the shop today, discussing what we have and what we could get. Another new option is the 512TR we recently acquired. I really like the idea of using a Ferrari because only one other guy in the loca classic races drives one, a yellow Dino 246 (and another drives a 250 GTO replica). So we're talking, going over various strengths, weaknesses, and issues. A Colombo V12 is right out, the flat-12 is simply going to be a major PITA for parts replacement when things break, and they do because it's Italian. So, we're hashing and the new little fella walks up, and I mean little too, he's all of about 5' 3", and pipes up with "what about the F40?" We all laugh, one of the guys looks at him and says something like, "you don't understand, it's an F40" Then it sinks in, I hadn't even considered it. It meets power regs with some adjustments, has a full rollcage and harness mounts in the frame, has superior handling and feel, it's already been fitted with those massive GTR intercoolers and other heavier grade drivetrain and chassis parts, it's fun as hell to drive, and will strike fear into the hearts of competitors (while giving people a chance to see one actually race).
 
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Yes the black keys are quite good however new Maroon 5 is sorta................ Too pop ish......

Nothing can really compare to Aerosmith and AC/DC....... I forgot that they were sorta still touring around when you were young :P 

Well, since they are "sorta still touring", I guess that means I'm still young!! tongue.gif

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On the Fiorano, essentially the problem is, I can't get a 599GTO the way I want one, with a stick. I'll eventually buy one, but I'm in no hurry because they aren't appreciating in value (yet) and won't for some time. So, I turned the GTB into a GTO, and that's essentially; 1/3 software, 1/3 suspension/diff, and 1/3 engine. I'm 2/3rds of the way there now, we've not taken the heads off and reworked them, though we did replace the fuel pump with the GTO unit, and that made a difference in fuel delivery that was noticeable (also made a difference in fuel consumption, dropping efficiency from a terrible 13 MPG to an abysmal 10 MPG, unless it's simply cruising down the highway, but where's the fun in that?). We were able to separate the damper settings from the throttle response, which was a major deal, because, since the GTB is really a GT car, Ferrari (in their Italian "wisdom") decided that people didn't need to have those separated... if the customer wanted that functionality they'd buy a GTO or a Scuderia. You see where that's going, right? Anyhow, I can now get the instantaneous throttle speed with damping that doesn't bounce me all over the road (like it does in "corsa"). The brakes are firm but not grabby and they have a consistent feel all the way to the stop, braking from 60 to 0 is 104 feet, which is amazing for a car that has a wet weight of nearly 3800lbs. So we didn't bother upgrading those, we just painted the calipers to make it look like we did. Cheeky Smile emoticon - cheeky-smile-smiley-emoticon.gif

So, what's left is taking the motor apart and frankly, I don't think it's necessary because the GTO makes 661bhp, or thereabouts, and we're already barking at 644ish. Right now, I'm not getting any clutch slip, and the pedal, while firm, isn't wearing me out. It's easy to get into a good rhythm with the way it's set up (at least for me it is). My mechanic thinks it's insane and calls it "nearly undrivable", but frankly he's used to driving automatics all the time and his manual driving skills aren't what they should be. I'm a better driver than him, there's no other way to say it, and yes it annoys him to no end. biggrin.gif Where was I? Oh yeah, if we start fiddling again I'm afraid it's going to throw the whole car out of balance, because right now it's at a great place while not being at the bleeding, ragged edge. Essentially we'll need to start over, and I don't want to create more work for us just to eke out another 20 horsepower. One thing that's rather special about it, that you can't really say about most rear-mid-engined supercars, is that in the "normal driving" rev range, up to 5500RPMs, it's fairly relaxed and isn't trying to wear you out, or scare every farm animal within 5 miles with its induction noise. In that zone it behaves like a GT car, albeit one that's more aggressive than most others, so taking it into the city and stopping at traffic lights isn't an exercise in wild animal taming. You get right up to that soft limit and you can feel the car saying, "if you push any harder I'm going to push back" and you can form a type of mutual respect in public (and it won't try to kill you, or eat other cars or pedestrians), which is nice.

I imagine that the flappy-paddle 599 is already like that, more or less, but the stick isn't, and to get it "there" is work and money... to the tune of about $30k + labor (and the use of software and electronics that may not be entirely kosher, especially not with Ferrari themselves). The good thing is, the GTB has dropped like a stone in value, especially in the wake of the new generation of high-performance monsters, and in the USA you can find one for ~$150k if you're patient. Heck, in some parts of the world I hear you can buy them for not much more than what you'd pay for a bag of pretzels. wink.gif So even with all the work (a month's worth @ ~200 man hours) it was worth it, as it thoroughly thrashes other cars in its class, like the Merc SLR and Aston DB9. I'm absolutely putting it into my daily driver pool.
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Wait - I'm confused - is it a daily driver or a track car? Both?
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Mmmm, not a track car, it's a little too "squishy" for that. There's some body roll and the suspension is really tuned for road use, a lot like a stock 911 Carrera.
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My next installment of HFDTGH? ("How in the fark did that get here?")

From the great state of Montana...





Yeah, it's a Lancia Delta Integrale Evo 2. cool.gif


They're also selling a custom carbon fiber-bodied Lucra LC470 TT (as in a twin-turbo AMG V8, making >750 bhp/640 torque, and the entire car is 2200lbs):





Think of it like a stretched and widened Cobra on steroids, that's mid-engined (the engine is entirely behind the front axle) with adjustable magnetic damping. 0-60 in 2.3s and a 1/4mi in 9s flat is claimed. Evil Smile emoticon - evil-smile-smiley-emoticon.gif
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I absolutely love the Integrale Evo. When I was last in France I got the chance to take a quick ride in one, and was entranced. Is it yours now?

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We're in talks right now and they're being fairly reasonable. The Lancia is titled and registered, but I'm not sure how that was accomplished and they aren't 100% sure either.
Edited by Magick Man - 9/27/13 at 2:50pm
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My next installment of HFDTGH? ("How in the fark did that get here?")

From the great state of Montana...





Yeah, it's a Lancia Delta Integrale Evo 2. cool.gif


They're also selling a custom carbon fiber-bodied Lucra LC470 TT (as in a twin-turbo AMG V8, making >750 bhp/640 torque, and the entire car is 2200lbs):





Think of it like a stretched and widened Cobra on steroids, that's mid-engined (the engine is entirely behind the front axle) with adjustable magnetic damping. 0-60 in 2.3s and a 1/4mi in 9s flat is claimed. Evil Smile emoticon - evil-smile-smiley-emoticon.gif

Montana?? What gives. I would almost suspect it was an executives kids car brought over as a personal possesion and "forgotten" when he got transferred back to Italy. That is a mystery worth solving.

 

........and yet that Lucra reminds me of a 70's vette more than a Cobra for some reason.. Lukewarm on that styling.

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