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First Tack day in a California T

Discussion in 'Tracking & Driver Education' started by M go Blue, Apr 13, 2020.

  1. M go Blue

    M go Blue Rookie

    Mar 28, 2020
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    Foster City, CA
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    eli rapaich
    I just purchased a 2017 California T w/ the handling package and looking to track it soon (Thunderhill), does anyone have suggestions or thoughts on what I can expect with this car? I have tracked numerous cars, but never a Ferrari. I have had the entire car sealed with expel and then ceramic coated as a way to help protect the paint.
    Any experiences or do/don'ts will be appreciated.
     
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  3. fatbillybob

    fatbillybob F1 World Champ
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    If you are handy go through a typical track tech sheet. If not download a tech sheet from say speed ventures.com and have your mechanic go though the items. I would check lugbolt torque after every session, pay attention to any brake fade and go have fun. If the brake fluid is a year old + I would flush it. Stock brakes do not do well on any car and you 1st see the shortcomings as a long pedal and brake fade as fluid boils. Start with 50%+ life left on pads.
     
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  4. peppe siciliano

    peppe siciliano Karting

    Dec 6, 2017
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    I tracked mine a few times, it's OK but don't expect supercar performance.
    It's to soft and heavy, I had to turn the traction off to get anywhere and turn in a bit early as the front complains when you ask a lot from it.
    Be warned driven hard you will kill the tyres.
    Enjoy


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  5. M go Blue

    M go Blue Rookie

    Mar 28, 2020
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    eli rapaich
    Thanks for the info, I do not expect it to run like a 488, but rather more like it is designed, a beautiful GT cruiser that will put smiles on your face on the occasional track day. I appreciate the input and will let you know how it turns out, we are heading to Thunderhill on May 25. Should be fun.
     
  6. DougDish

    DougDish Karting
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    Jul 13, 2010
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    Just one more item of note. Lug bolts to be checked when cool so torquing should be done just prior to going on track when the tire/wheel temps are coolest. Have fun, stay safe.


    Doug
     
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  8. M go Blue

    M go Blue Rookie

    Mar 28, 2020
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    eli rapaich
    Thanks, I will post afterward.
     

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