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    Talking to friend who has just done an Alpine pass tour in his 599, and who commented on some of the difficulties on the hairpins even in that car, reminded me of my own experiences in the Alps and the Picos D'Europa in my carbureted non power steering 308GT4.

    If you haven't driven a carbureted car then you won't know that in hard cornering when the throttle is dropped there entails a lack of fuel to the carbs and the engine stalls.

    My solution is to drop the clutch on exit of corner, two dabs on the pedal, blip the throttle then drop the clutch. Not too good for clutch wear but is that the only way to do it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by francisn View Post
    Hello all

    Talking to friend who has just done an Alpine pass tour in his 599, and who commented on some of the difficulties on the hairpins even in that car, reminded me of my own experiences in the Alps and the Picos D'Europa in my carbureted non power steering 308GT4.

    If you haven't driven a carbureted car then you won't know that in hard cornering when the throttle is dropped there entails a lack of fuel to the carbs and the engine stalls.

    My solution is to drop the clutch on exit of corner, two dabs on the pedal, blip the throttle then drop the clutch. Not too good for clutch wear but is that the only way to do it?
    There is a skill to driving mountain passes in such a car as the 599.

    It is all about gear choice and when you hit the loud pedal.

    The F1-Trac system lets you know when you are slow because it intervenes and tells you.

    So many un-informed people slate modern systems for somehow making a bad driver good but they can also be used the other way to make a good driver great.

    Balancing a 599 on the edge of its systems is so rewarding.

    There have only been a few times which I can count on my hands when I have found the 599 to be unable to keep up with the road itself.

    Futa Pass and Route Napoleon (a couple of spots on each) otherwise its talents are way beyond what should be possible for a large V12 GT

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    Its soo long since i remember driving a carburetor car. Nothing of performance, just normal everyday stuff. I remember putting Weber carbs on my MK2 Escort and a foam air filter. not sure it put performance up too much but did make the exhaust sound better and Fuel economy went massively down.
    When I did the Alps passes in the 360 I was always in very low gear into the turns 2nd max sometimes 1st but F1 box makes it easy doesn't it? Or more fun, you decide?
    But ultimately nothing better than approaching the hairpin and blipping down, careful progression around the corner then, wham, foot down and bam, bam ,bam up the gears. Such fun. Anyone who says the F1 box is SH*t is talking Boll**ks.
    I loved it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by achaddy View Post
    When I did the Alps passes in the 360 I was always in very low gear into the turns 2nd max sometimes 1st but F1 box makes it easy doesn't it? Or more fun, you decide?
    But ultimately nothing better than approaching the hairpin and blipping down, careful progression around the corner then, wham, foot down and bam, bam ,bam up the gears. Such fun. Anyone who says the F1 box is SH*t is talking Boll**ks.
    I loved it.
    I'll second that. The harder you drive, the F1 system takes the gloves off and matches your input every step of the way. It's where they really shine

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kyodo View Post
    I'll second that. The harder you drive, the F1 system takes the gloves off and matches your input every step of the way. It's where they really shine
    Agree 100% especially on roads where your pace would not be possible with a manual box and you know that - so rewarding

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