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    Ferrari Pilota and GT2

    Dear all,

    It's been a while, life is very busy, work is great but hectic.

    A lot has happened since a few months.
    My 599 is still in order. But delivery sometime in 2009! So long!
    Ferrari France has lent me a black one for a whole weekend to test it and I, of course, loved it.

    Recently, they also invited me (lucky me!) on a two day Pilota Ferrari course. It was very nice, I must admit that the asking price for costumers is steep (7k Euros) but the service is 5 stars. Great hotel, great food and of course, the course is great. You drive 430s and 599s on Fiorano track assisted by very competent instructors and F1 telemetry, pretty cool stuff.

    My overall impressions of the cars are:
    - 430 much more fun than 599 on track. (to be expected with a 200 kgs plus difference)
    - 599 ultra stable on long curves (again thanks to weight).
    - Power of 599 simply awesome!!!
    - The F1 gearbox is fantastic, I love it!!!
    - Although the brakes of the 599 are very effective, the pedal feel is much worse than 430 (I'm talking ceramic brakes here) i.e. the brake pedal feels very spongious at the top, which for track work it not that great but for the road, more comfortable.
    - purely subjective, but I've never really been a big fan of the 430 noise, I think the V12 sounds much better.
    - All 599s were black and I loved it, I changed my order from Silvertone to Black as a result, not sure about the interior yet. Any thoughts?

    My conclusions are that the 599 is THE surpime modern GT car, comfortable, confident inspiring, ultra powerful, and ok for the occasional track day althouth it's not its purpose.
    430 is fantastic too, it felt like a go kart, lacks a bit of grunt at low revs but engine is explosive past 4000 rpm, and the E-diff does wonders, it really is very effective.

    I saw a 430 Scuderia lap the track too. Car looks very similar to F430 (obvisouly) but sounds different (better IMO) and most impressive, the gearchange are without pause!
    I would really love to own one, sadly, they are all spoken for til 2010!!!

    So I have ordered a 911 GT2!
    Similarly to the Scuderia, a track orientated car, yet with great road manners and most importantly for me, stability control (the reason why the GT3 RS is no go unfortunately).
    Indeed, everytime I get on a track, I am reminded how PSM/ E-diff is effective as a safety measure.

    The car will be GT Silver with dark grey natural leather.
    I fell into Porsche's trap and ticked a silly numbers of options but considering the price of the car, it's all relative. So it's got loads of stuff in leather, carbon and goodies like Sat Nav, etc.

    Delivery March/ April!

    It will complement the 599 very well, once for long GT journeys and one for track days.

    Enjoy the few pics!

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    The 599 I had for a whole weekend, took it to the country side, great drive!
    Car is too big and consumes too much petrol for urban driving, not its purpose.
    Incredibly easy to drive and pratical.

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    Driving course at Fiorano.
    430s and 599s.

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    430 Scuderia.

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    One of the course's 599.
    Interior very CHOCOLAT!!!

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    last one but not least, my favorite supercar in front of the factory.

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    Quote:
    Fanch said:
    Dear all,

    It's been a while, life is very busy, work is great but hectic.

    A lot has happened since a few months.
    My 599 is still in order. But delivery sometime in 2009! So long!
    Ferrari France has lent me a black one for a whole weekend to test it and I, of course, loved it.

    Recently, they also invited me (lucky me!) on a two day Pilota Ferrari course. It was very nice, I must admit that the asking price for costumers is steep (7k Euros) but the service is 5 stars. Great hotel, great food and of course, the course is great. You drive 430s and 599s on Fiorano track assisted by very competent instructors and F1 telemetry, pretty cool stuff.

    My overall impressions of the cars are:
    - 430 much more fun than 599 on track. (to be expected with a 200 kgs plus difference)
    - 599 ultra stable on long curves (again thanks to weight).
    - Power of 599 simply awesome!!!
    - The F1 gearbox is fantastic, I love it!!!
    - Although the brakes of the 599 are very effective, the pedal feel is much worse than 430 (I'm talking ceramic brakes here) i.e. the brake pedal feels very spongious at the top, which for track work it not that great but for the road, more comfortable.
    - purely subjective, but I've never really been a big fan of the 430 noise, I think the V12 sounds much better.
    - All 599s were black and I loved it, I changed my order from Silvertone to Black as a result, not sure about the interior yet. Any thoughts?

    My conclusions are that the 599 is THE surpime modern GT car, comfortable, confident inspiring, ultra powerful, and ok for the occasional track day althouth it's not its purpose.
    430 is fantastic too, it felt like a go kart, lacks a bit of grunt at low revs but engine is explosive past 4000 rpm, and the E-diff does wonders, it really is very effective.

    I saw a 430 Scuderia lap the track too. Car looks very similar to F430 (obvisouly) but sounds different (better IMO) and most impressive, the gearchange are without pause!
    I would really love to own one, sadly, they are all spoken for til 2010!!!

    So I have ordered a 911 GT2!
    Similarly to the Scuderia, a track orientated car, yet with great road manners and most importantly for me, stability control (the reason why the GT3 RS is no go unfortunately).
    Indeed, everytime I get on a track, I am reminded how PSM/ E-diff is effective as a safety measure.

    The car will be GT Silver with dark grey natural leather.
    I fell into Porsche's trap and ticked a silly numbers of options but considering the price of the car, it's all relative. So it's got loads of stuff in leather, carbon and goodies like Sat Nav, etc.

    Delivery March/ April!

    It will complement the 599 very well, once for long GT journeys and one for track days.

    Enjoy the few pics!



    Fanch, all I can say is congratulations!

    Regarding the GT2, all the options are far from a trap, they should probably have been available as standard equipment anyway . It seems that you have gone the same way as MKSGR, a black 599 and a GT2 .

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    Congrats on GT2 order! Excellent choice IMHO.

    You will like it...

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    Many congrats Fanch on your choices of GT2 and 599 Sounds great

    We've not heard from you in a long time. Work must be keeping you very busy

    Great pics - so glad you had a great time at Fiorano...

    What are you going to do with your 997S? Trade in when you get the GT2 I guess...

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    Awesome combination of cars!
    I saw a 599 (red) about a week ago and was really stunned. I think the car has enormous road presence and is just so good looking.

    GT2's gonna be so great to...Congrats buddy


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    Fantastic .

    Many Congrats!!!

    Can't wait for your review .

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    congrats!!!

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    CONGRATS amigo!!! what a stable

    Thanks for the review and can't wait to hear your impressions on the GT2 beast

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    Congrats !

    599 GTB + GT2: a perfect combo doesn't get better than that.

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    congrats on two of the best cars money can't buy

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    Whow Fanch, a 599 and a GT2, life's surely treating you kind

    Thanks for the pics and the report!

    What's happening to your 997S? Surely I must keep track of that car as it's the most ideally specced 997 I've ever stumbled upon, clearly it should be mine someday

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    great choice!!!

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    Congrats on both vehicles. I am excited to see the 599 of yours once it takes delivery. As for your impressions on the Scuderia, all the more to be excited about the F430 replacement.

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    Congratulations man!

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    Wow...you are one lucky guy. Congrats

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    Felicitation, excellent choix de voitures. Waiting eagerly for the GT2 review.

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    WoW, Fanch amazing collection, although it must be a pain waiting so so much for a 599GTB, I mean somewhere 2009?, that's insane, personally I wouldnt wait so so much for a car, but anyway, as you already now 997 GT2 will completely make things VERY easy for you, may be it could make you think twice about the 599

    congrats!!! for sure one of the top-list collections in rennteam family

    btw yesterday I bought this month's CAR magazine, the 997gt2 vs Scuderia, both of them are in another world...I can't figuere which one I would pick

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    Fanch congrats! good choice!

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    Merci pour le reportage. Une 599 et une GT2 dans le garage, c'est tout simplement magnifique ! Félicitations

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    Fanch you are the man! Great choices. The GT2 became more attractive when Porsche equipped it with PSM.

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    It is funny how I was considering getting a CGT, but without PSM and a with a small child, I can't see driving it around as agressively. GT2 looks like a great choice right now, but same as with 430, you can't get your hands on one at MSRP anymore...

     
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