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Below is a recounting of various car events I've attended along the years, from car club meets, autocrosses, track events, and enthusiast drives.

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2013/03/31 Putting on a few miles on Calaveras
π 2013-03-31 00:00 in Cars
I had to break in my new car before going to the track with it, and Brian's Easter Party in pleasanton happened to be that weekend, so it was a good excuse to go drive on Calaveras both ways.

The brakes did need some bedding, so my first times braking, it didn't quite stop where I expected, but apart from that, the handling was good, and the power definitely on tap. Way more than I needed for that road :)




2013/03/28 Time for a New Car: McLaren MP4-12C
π 2013-03-28 00:00 in Cars
Wait, a new car you're asking? But don't you have one already?

Well, turns out my F430 is actually 6.5 years old. Yes, really :)

It's served me well, but it was getting a bit old, and some punks with GTRs groceries and baby seats in the back where starting to get faster than I could keep up with.

So, why not a F458 you say? Well, I did drive it on the track, it is a nice car, really, but

  • 1.5 year wait for a convertible. 1.5 years? Really?
  • I got a custom ordered McLaren Spider in 4 months flat, including a 1 month boat trip from England and trucking across the US from New York.
  • Well, the McLaren is really a better car than the F458.
  • Why is it better?

  • It has better stability control, active brake steering.
  • It has more power than a F458.
  • It has independent active geometry for each wheel, keeping wheels flat in turns. This is a big deal, see the picture of why my tires get shredded sideways on my F430 in just one track day:
  • Look at the left wheel not on the track. That's bad :)
    Look at the left wheel not on the track. That's bad :)

    Anyway, here are a few pictures of the new car:





    Storage space is limited, even less than the F430
    Storage space is limited, even less than the F430

    When the roof is up, you can store small luggage where the top is supposed to go
    When the roof is up, you can store small luggage where the top is supposed to go

    I'll be honest, the entertainment system is a custom designed thing on top of Windows CE, and it's far from good or finished. The car itself however has been quite good so far :)

    Ah yes, the numbers: 3.8L V8 twin turbo with 25 to 28psi of boost (!), giving a nice 616hp. 204mph top speed for the convertible and 0-60 in 3.1sec. The DSG gearbox is nothing short of amazing.


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