Every day tips for living with a 599

Every day tips for living with a 599

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cake eater

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319 posts

143 months

Sunday 27th February
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Thanks WW, it's what this car was meant for. Some of the route today was a little narrow to really enjoy but being Sunday and ski season it was quiet.

Drove around part of the F1 GP circuit in Monaco, then off to Gorge du Cians D28 and D2202 ‘Red Rock Road’ Gorge de Daluis.

Awesome roads and not a long drive to get to them. Learnt that on the downhill sections the car really responds to a trailing brake and sport mode is quite intrusive but didn't want to risk race mode with temperature and walls so close.




cake eater

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319 posts

143 months

Sunday 27th February
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Some screenshots of Monaco F1 circuit

Up the hill to Beau Rivage


Entering Casino


The turn into Mirabeau Haute


Grand Hotel Hairpin


Mirabeau Bas


Entry to Tunnel


In Tunnel


Down to Tabac



Driving this route, thinking of my childhood hero, really felt special.

https://youtu.be/auXfAHHNSFo

Stedman

6,928 posts

169 months

Monday 28th February
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cool

cake eater

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319 posts

143 months

Tuesday 1st March
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So today was a very different kind of driving. Basically cruising old haunts from when I lived near Genevé.

The lake road with Jet D'eau in the distance

Pont du Mt Blanc with the Jet D'eau in the distance again


Found out a few more things from this slow town driving.
Oil and water temps seem to fluctuate a lot compared to my previous experience but don't get over +/- 95 °C. Fan seems to kick in when water temp is 90+. The water temp drops quickly but oil temp stays constant. Then the fan cuts out quickly again. Oil temp only drops if there's good airflow through the car even though ambient temp is around 10°C

Right hand drive and parking garage / péage tickets are a pain but I'm learning the art of driving up, seat belt off, window down. Handbrake and neutral. Out of drivers seat and out the passenger window to grab ticket / pay. Back in the seat, secure ticket / card, seat belt, handbrake, select first and move off. What previously took what felt like minutes now takes just a few seconds.

Unfortunately the left front rim has become a victim of my increasing confidence. A dark low unsighted curb resulting in some damage. Back to leaning further rather than trying to get closer.


I've also noticed that the red 'crackle' paint on the right intake manifold has started to peel. Probably heat build up or something else from when the steering pump was changed


There's also oil splatter on the front of the left intake manifold. Again, a result of the steering pump change? When I get a chance I'll clean it off and see if more comes or if it was just residue from spilling / overfill.


The gearbox 'attitude' has changed significantly after driving the gorges with some enthusiasm. The gearbox thumping home gear changes despite light throttle input. It's taken quite a bit of gentle driving for the car to change back to lazy.

I'm getting used to hill starts. The handbrake needs to be pulled really hard to hold the car even on a slight incline and Genevé has some surprisingly steep hills. A light application of throttle allows you to feel the car pull against the handbrake and move off smoothly with release of same. Not sure if this causes any more stress to the clutch but is effective. Only problem is I don't like to sit in first so most often select neutral. I forget that the cars not fully automatic and when the lights change, leaves me a little embarrassed with a roar from the engine and no go rolleyes really messing up the smooth progress.

I still haven't worked out if the air-conditioning is working or I just don't know how to use it despite reading the manual. I'll need to get that checked, maybe it needs gas?

In France the car gets lots of positive attention, much more so that in the UK. Lots of waves and thumbs up, people waiting for you and letting you out. I get great pleasure from the smile of little kids when I give it a good blip of the throttle.

Tomorrow it's back to Blighty. I've packed some Swiss Wine and chocolate.

I'll tot up the miles and fuel bill and see how scary the milage is!

cake eater

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319 posts

143 months

Tuesday 1st March
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And why don't we get this fuel in the UK!!


Edited by cake eater on Tuesday 1st March 17:13

johnnyreggae

2,694 posts

137 months

Tuesday 1st March
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Lots of new owners struggle with the a/c because its not a/c and the switch is not clear if it is on or off - its climate control and should be left on so that it just decides for you how to get to the specified temperature

Maybe once the cockpit is hot try setting it really cold not recirculate and try the on/off switch both ways til you freeze and if it does then know that is the on button and thereafter just adjust the temp

Also you do not need to go to neutral at lights - that way you are ready for the off - the system decides if its too long at stop



Edited by johnnyreggae on Tuesday 1st March 17:17

cake eater

Original Poster:

319 posts

143 months

Tuesday 1st March
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johnnyreggae said:
Lots of new owners struggle with the a/c because its not a/c and the switch is not clear if it is on or off - its climate control and should be left on so that it just decides for you how to get to the specified temperature

Maybe once the cockpit is hot try setting it really cold not recirculate and try the on/off switch both ways til you freeze and if it does then know that is the on button and thereafter just adjust the temp

Also you do not need to go to neutral at lights - that way you are ready for the off - the system decides if its too long at stop



Edited by johnnyreggae on Tuesday 1st March 17:17
Thank you Johnny Reggae! Great tips.
I'll change that now and stop selecting neutral at a stop.

I have just been running the AC in auto with it set at low but only seem to feel warm air pumping out. I'm assuming when the off button is light then it's off otherwise it's on.

DeejRC

3,571 posts

59 months

Tuesday 1st March
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Yeah don’t worry cake, F12 also does it to me sometimes. She changes to neutral if too long at the lights. Cue a right dick revving his Ferrari as they go green and going absolutely nowhere.

cake eater

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319 posts

143 months

Wednesday 2nd March
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DeejRC said:
Yeah don’t worry cake, F12 also does it to me sometimes. She changes to neutral if too long at the lights. Cue a right dick revving his Ferrari as they go green and going absolutely nowhere.
Thanks DeejRC

I was speaking to one of my sister's colleagues and she asked what car I had and why I would choose to drive 18 hours when I could fly. I blatantly plagerised you and said it was just an expensive donkey! She was horrified that I called a Ferrari a donkey
laugh

F355GTS

3,681 posts

232 months

Wednesday 2nd March
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cake eater said:
johnnyreggae said:
Lots of new owners struggle with the a/c because its not a/c and the switch is not clear if it is on or off - its climate control and should be left on so that it just decides for you how to get to the specified temperature

Maybe once the cockpit is hot try setting it really cold not recirculate and try the on/off switch both ways til you freeze and if it does then know that is the on button and thereafter just adjust the temp

Also you do not need to go to neutral at lights - that way you are ready for the off - the system decides if its too long at stop



Edited by johnnyreggae on Tuesday 1st March 17:17
Thank you Johnny Reggae! Great tips.
I'll change that now and stop selecting neutral at a stop.

I have just been running the AC in auto with it set at low but only seem to feel warm air pumping out. I'm assuming when the off button is light then it's off otherwise it's on.
IIRC it was always felt that going into neutral was best for the single plate F1 clutches as it meant the clutch system was not under tension, if you don't do it I'm pretty sure if you keep your foot on the brake it'll not drop into neutral

cake eater

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319 posts

143 months

Wednesday 2nd March
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F355GTS said:
cake eater said:
johnnyreggae said:
Lots of new owners struggle with the a/c because its not a/c and the switch is not clear if it is on or off - its climate control and should be left on so that it just decides for you how to get to the specified temperature

Maybe once the cockpit is hot try setting it really cold not recirculate and try the on/off switch both ways til you freeze and if it does then know that is the on button and thereafter just adjust the temp

Also you do not need to go to neutral at lights - that way you are ready for the off - the system decides if its too long at stop



Edited by johnnyreggae on Tuesday 1st March 17:17
Thank you Johnny Reggae! Great tips.
I'll change that now and stop selecting neutral at a stop.

I have just been running the AC in auto with it set at low but only seem to feel warm air pumping out. I'm assuming when the off button is light then it's off otherwise it's on.
IIRC it was always felt that going into neutral was best for the single plate F1 clutches as it meant the clutch system was not under tension, if you don't do it I'm pretty sure if you keep your foot on the brake it'll not drop into neutral
Thank you for the clarification JR. Leaves options. thumbup

DeejRC

3,571 posts

59 months

Wednesday 2nd March
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The “we aren’t really expensive, honest!” donkey…



The definitely expensive Donkey!

cake eater

Original Poster:

319 posts

143 months

Wednesday 2nd March
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DeejRC said:


The “we aren’t really expensive, honest!” donkey…



The definitely expensive Donkey!
laugh

Very nice donkeys smile.
Great colour choices on the expensive one

willy wombat

683 posts

125 months

Wednesday 2nd March
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When I had a 430 and a 599 with the single clutch F1 box I was told (by the dealer) never to sit at a standstill with the car in gear for more than 15 seconds. I used to put it in neutral and keep my fingers lightly brushing the RH paddle to remind me to pull it before accelerating. Both my cars are now dual clutch and I’m told it doesn’t matter if you sit with the car in gear.

DeejRC

3,571 posts

59 months

Wednesday 2nd March
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The dbl clutch cars default into N after about 10secs at standstill.

Stedman

6,928 posts

169 months

Wednesday 2nd March
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For your next trip through France consider getting a peage transponder - they're great

willy wombat

683 posts

125 months

Wednesday 2nd March
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Yep. Sanef Tolling is your friend. Wouldn’t consider driving in France without my tag.

cake eater

Original Poster:

319 posts

143 months

Wednesday 2nd March
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So finally arrived at the tunnel.


You know you're nearly back in Blighty because the sky is grey and it's drizzling.

So I have a 'bip & go' but unfortunately it didn't work for the first 4 days. You can see it to the right of the mirror in the picture above. Just a comedy of circumstances really. My bank doesn't do DD from foreign banks (I didn't know until just before the trip). So I had to do a prepayment. By the time it had cleared and the transponder had activated there was only a day left. I choose Ulys as my provider, just thought their terms were a little better.

And of course, once it worked it was a revelation of ease and simplicity. Now I just have to make sure I pay the bill on return!.

The drive back was supposed to be a last blast but traffic conspired to make it a gentle cruise with just a few opportunities to run to the red line. And please note, I'm parked in a parking, off the road, I know it looks like I've just dumped it on the wrong side of the road for a picture.


My favourite road out of Genevé, linking up with the N5


I cleaned off the cam cover before the drive. Checked each time I made a pit stop and before boarding the train - nothing, so it was probably a spill when they filled the steering pump reservoir. I'm going back to Maranello tomorrow so they can have a quick look. I'm hoping they can find time and space to plug in a computer to read the ECU as I had a few faults. They have already said it's unlikely as they have a lot of cars on overnight diagnostic and updates.

It's been a great 5 days made all the more awesome by the car and meeting old friends, taking them for a drive in the 599 and sharing in their pleasure at the environment. Their first time in a Ferrari just like me! And the the screaming when you launch it hehe

This is my friend David, he didn't scream as much as his wife! Coolest guy I know!


driving


cake eater

Original Poster:

319 posts

143 months

Wednesday 2nd March
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johnnyreggae said:
Lots of new owners struggle with the a/c because its not a/c and the switch is not clear if it is on or off - its climate control and should be left on so that it just decides for you how to get to the specified temperature

Maybe once the cockpit is hot try setting it really cold not recirculate and try the on/off switch both ways til you freeze and if it does then know that is the on button and thereafter just adjust the temp

Also you do not need to go to neutral at lights - that way you are ready for the off - the system decides if its too long at stop



Edited by johnnyreggae on Tuesday 1st March 17:17
On the way back I did as you suggested. Car warms up nicely but when I switch to cold (LO) luke warm air comes out and it never gets any colder. And this with ambient temperature of 9°C. On/off button makes no difference.


Edited by cake eater on Wednesday 2nd March 18:00

F355GTS

3,681 posts

232 months

Thursday 3rd March
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Sounds like the zircon may not be working, perhaps get somebody to listen to see if the compressor kicks in or not. The 599 has a pretty big windscreen and I always found the air con/ climate pretty poor on hot days