Drove a slushbox today

Drove a slushbox today

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BertBert

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15,192 posts

178 months

Wednesday 21st April
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Today I went to see the inestimable Jamie at B&C and he sent me out in a GT410 Auto (the car I was hoping to drive wasn't available). I just love the test drives at B&C. I also went to rethink whether I was Evora or Exige material. That was easy, the Exige which is lovely just doesn't have enough space for stuff (two people, two sets of race gear, assorted race gubbins for a race weekend away, for example).

Now I don't fancy an auto, but I was happy to go out in one to see what it was like. And I actually quite liked it!

The GT410 was brilliant, I just loved it. Any thoughts I was harbouring about it not being sporty enough evaporated as soon as the cool coolant light went out. Such a fab car and definitely a worthy replacement to my previous 997GT3.

And then to the auto box itself. I really enjoyed it. Ok in auto mode and quite special in manual mode and a very good party trick in race mode and full-on use. Great fast up changes and a super snappy down change with a glorious blip.

I still want a manual, but it's much closer than I thought! And then there's the newly announced JUBU DCT box that I have been reading about over on TLF. Now there's a thought and possibly good for more bhp too!

And thanks again to Jaime for his hospitality and patience as I have been looking to buy for quite a long time and failed on several occasions, all my own fault!

Probably stuff everyone knows, but I was excited!

Bert

drgoatboy

1,247 posts

174 months

Thursday 22nd April
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Good review. Thanks for sharing. It really is pretty good isn't it!

SELON

1,153 posts

96 months

Thursday 22nd April
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They’re special machines. Once I can no longer fit in my Elise, it’s the car I will go to.

BertBert

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15,192 posts

178 months

Thursday 22nd April
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drgoatboy said:
It really is pretty good isn't it!
So much so that it's given me pause for thought. Not that I want it specifically, but it has made me think that an Evora with the JUBU DCT box could be really good if it has super sharp changes for track and medium fast changes for road use. But you would need a project car to fit it to, not a nearly new shiny 410. How annoying, I'd pretty much sorted out what Evora direction to go in. Now there's a bit more to think about!

Brinyan

285 posts

60 months

Thursday 22nd April
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Agree regarding the auto box. I drove Exige 350 & Evora 400 IPS (only because there wasn’t a manual) at Bell & Colvill last week.
Thought the IPS box was great - very quick to change, blips on the downshifts & good ratios. I also want to get a manual car, but was good to drive the Evora.
If I’d only driven the Evora, after driving to B&C for an hour in my 996 Turbo, I’d have been totally smitten with it. But, Jamie sent me out in the Exige first, which left a big lasting impression. I’m digressing, the auto box gets bad press, but surely from those that haven’t used it.

AlexNJ89

566 posts

46 months

Tuesday 27th April
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I also drove a Sport Racer S IPS and I thought that was quick enough too.

I have driven an M2 DCT and TTRS S-Tronic, I felt that it was so so boring, you change down and don't feel anything at all.

The downshift with rev matching on the IPS made the down change so much more fun and the up change was basically just as quick as a DCT. I did find the paddles a bit mushy, that was my only criticism.