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    Carrera GT lapping Le Mans, my 599 and some news

    Hello dear all,

    First of, as usual, apologies for my discretion, lots of work, lots of driving and hardly any time for Rennteam. But I do keep track from time to time.

    Wanted to share with you the latest in my car passions.

    I was at le Mans Classic a few days ago, and they allowed modern supercars to lap the 24h track. Needless to say, this was absolutely amazing!

    Lapping a Carrera GT on the 24h of Le Mans track. Past meets present. The GT returns where is should have belonged.

    I did 6 laps, each being 13.5 km, it's a long track guys and boy is it fast!

    Reached 294 kmh on the Hunaudieres straight (not quite 300, damn!!!) before jumping on the breacks for the 1st chicane, then 2nd chicane, then Mulsanne, Indianapolis, Porsche, all legendary turn names for a legendary track!

    My RS was there too driven by my mates. Made some happy few that day!

    My mate with his Scuderia was there! What a car! I absolutely adore it! If I didn't have the RS, I would get one instantly, it's amazing! The E-diff coupled with the F1-track make that car so efficient!

    He would actually close in on my on the curves but then the GT would distance it on the straight!

    Great action in Le Mans! Porsche vs Ferrari all over again!

    Then, the real show started, watching a Porsche 917 fight a Ferrari P3 at night is the stuff of legend!

    Great event which I highly recommend.

    Apart from that, I finally received my Ferrari 599! Hurray!

    The wait was 18 months instead of 26, mostly due to a massive wave of order cancellations in the US and the UK following the credit crunch.

    About the car itself, I've done onnly 650 km but what can I say, it is AMAZING! Simply the best GT in the world, period.

    Not quite as fast as my GT I would say but more savage thanks to the impressive auto gearbox!

    I do like the paddles actually, it suits the car's character well.

    Most impressive is how easily accessible those 620 ponies are and the CST is amazing! Makes Porsche PSM feel very stone age.

    Quite a collection now between the Carrera S, the RS, the GT and the 599.

    I am actively looking for a 911 GT1 and then I think I will stop.

    My dream is come back to Le Mans Classic in two years with my GT and GT1, how cool would that be!

    That's it for me. Any questions, please ask.

    News wise, saw plenty of 911 mk2 at Le Mans, Porsche brought some for testing, didn't drive it but it looks nice. Heard good things about PDK but am not sure it suits the 911 character well.

    I still love shifting myself! Oldschool that I am...

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    Some pics now.

    Carrera GT taken by some pros, very nice shots!

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    On the track just before the Dunlop bridge with the Carrera GT, quite a lot of body roll actually, but then it's a road car, can't blame it.

    Not as sharp as the RS though.

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    Same place with my mate driving the RS.

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    In the supercar paddock. GT and Scud.

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    GT

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    RS

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    Scud in the hotel parking.
    Fantastic car!
    The auto box is mind blowingly fast and efficient!

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    Back home in the box!

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    599 on delivery day!

    Best GT in the world. And pretty competent as a sports car surpringly.

    Feels light despite the weight.

    Only letdown is a pretty lifeless steering.

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    Side shot.

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    Final shot.
    Instrument display.

    Interior is magnificent by the way!

    Fezza has come a long way. Really.

    Miles better than the 430.

    This is very luxurious. Fantastic stuff!!!

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    Fantastic!! Great, great photos Francois Many congrats on your new 599 Very happy for you Enjoy in good health You must have had an amazing time in your cars

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    WOW - Dreamcar-collection....
    Enjoy in good health !

    Re: Carrera GT lapping Le Mans, my 599 and some news

    Awesome pics! Congrats on the new 599 too... Awesome collection! All black...Batman

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    congrats on the 599. best ferrari ever made

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    A beautiful collection, and a good taste!!

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    Fantastic Futch

    Congrats!!!

    Can't wait to read your review in particular comparing it to your other toys .

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    Driving at Le Mans must have been epic. What an opportunity! Congrat's on the 599, she's gorgeous.

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    fantastic! and 996 GT1 is a dream!!!!!

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    Thanks guys,

    Ron,

    difficult to compare them as the reason why I chose those cars specifically is because they all complement each other.

    RS perfect track car that can take abuse like no other.

    599 perfect GT but can also be a very very good sports car. I found that out in Fiorano during the Ferrari Pilota course.

    Carrera GT is a bit of a paradox. Great car but let down by its road tyres which are overwhelmed by the V10 power way too early. It's a great shame. And they don't do the Sport Pilop Cup in the tyre size of the GT. If you want cup tyres, you need 19 in rims at the back and Porsche voids the good will warranty. Bummer. The GT is more like a tech window of what Porsche can do, great car, a collector.

    And finally my beloved 997 Carrera S, best sports car in the world, the most versatile and still so much fun!

    Andrea,

    Yes 911 GT1 is a dream. It's proving quite hard to find one. There are only 16 996 versions in the world I believe but that's fine, I'm in no hurry. I give myself 2 years to find a good one. There's one in southern France but it's yellow.

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    What a great write up, must have been awesome at Le Mans. Thank you for sharing this experience!!

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    Few more pics.
    CGT in motion, rear view mirror.

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    Cruising speed for the CGT.
    I'm not the driver!

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    nice view of both p cars.

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    GT. Very wide car actually. Not easy to manoeuvre in reverse, even with the roof off.

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    Action shot RS

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    Quote:
    Futch said:
    Final shot.
    Instrument display.

    Interior is magnificent by the way!

    Fezza has come a long way. Really.

    Miles better than the 430.

    This is very luxurious. Fantastic stuff!!!




    Hm, weird... love the 599 but IMO interior is it's weak point, cheap plastics, switches at strange places and overall appearance kind of bloated in comparison to reduced F430 cockpit.

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    Action shot Scud. Man I love that! So efficient!
    Ferrari as become master in the art of accessible performance!
    The RS requires skills which in itself is a great thing if you know how to drive a 911. And I mean really drive not doodle along.
    Whereas the Scud, if you leave the Ediff/ F1track on, is properly fast without great skills.
    CST off is another matter!
    Love it!

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    Very very impresive
    Enjoy them in good health

     
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