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Which Suspension Mode is Sport?

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  1. 355OXO

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    I have had 3 F355 spiders, to date I have never been able to tell the difference between soft and hard. I always find the amber orange suspension light annoying as it looks like a fault light. I only turn it on to see if it works and then turn it off immediately.:)
     
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  2. Sancho22

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    yeah I can't tell the difference either in my 95 Spyder.
    My wife likes spirited drives so I don't even try to switch to comfort any longer...
     
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  3. johnk...

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    And that is exactly why these threads come up periodically. May I submit that the only thing the switch really does is turn the light on or off. :rolleyes:
     
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  4. 308 GTB

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    John,

    The F355's Suspension Control System is an active damping system which is an exceptionally well-thought out design despite dating back to the 1990s. The system is preserved on my F355 Challenge which is still set up as it was when it raced in the Ferrari Challenge Series. SPORT mode allows my car to utilize its various sensors and suspension ECU to make continuous changes in shock absorber damping which allows for maximum tire contact patch time on the track surface. This is particularly evident at Sebring International Raceway where several corners are very rough, eg. Turns 17, 1 and 2.

    Full expression of the active damping system would not be obvious to most drivers who casually drive on well-paved roads.

    Barry
     
  5. johnk...

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    Yes, but Barry, my point was that you can't own a Ferrari without a sense of humor. 35 years of ownership has taught me that. These car can make you laugh or cry. I'd rather laugh. :)
     
  6. 308 GTB

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    I understood your humor, John. I just wanted to expound a bit on the Suspension Control System and what it does. Over the years I've read comments such as "when in SPORT mode, I can feel if my tire has run over a quarter" and "I don't see much of a difference." The F355's active damping system really works well in spirited driving and even in extreme driving on tracks. I consider it a sort of safety system and a precursor to similar systems on more recent car models.

    The Owner's Manual only tells a piece of the story. The Workshop Manual has 15 pages devoted to the subject replete with graphs that Qavion linked to.

    Our F355s don't have traction control. My 550 has a SPORT switch and a first generation traction control (ASR - Anti-Slip Regulation) which works in parallel with the suspension setting system. ASR in the 550 is not as intrusive as in later models.

    Barry
     
  7. zstyle

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    Basically: driver faster, brake harder, corner sharper and you'll see the difference.

    This is with the assumption the vehicle has stock wheel and tire aspect ratios. Adding spacers, for example, will soften the suspension.
     
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  8. 308 GTB

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    Yes, that sums it up, John.

    In reference to tires and spacers, here's a table that summarizes factors that affect oversteer and understeer:
     

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  9. taz355

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    Are you sure your wires are not switched on the switch so on is off ha ha
     
  10. TrojanFan

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    Mine in a '98 with the shock symbol.
     
  11. ThatFlyGuy

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    Best explanation ever! lol.
     
  12. ThatFlyGuy

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    Good to know as my first Ferrari ('98 355 f1) arrives on Monday! This thread was freaking me out.
     
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  13. The Outcast

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    My 1999 car had the shock absorber, not the sport.
     
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  14. Doramon0720

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    Maybe only on the F1 ones. My 1999 has the sport sign. I think it also makes the shifting quicker...
     
  15. SoCal1

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    also depends if the plug is on backwards then it's backwards

    have your girl hit the switch and see what direction the motors turn
     
  16. Skippr1999

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    ‘98 F1 with Sport sign.
     
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  17. ThatFlyGuy

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    Also '98 F1 with "SPORT" on the switch. It turns Sport on with an indicator on the dash.

    It looks to me just reading through this thread that the F1 cars have Sport while the 3 peddles have the shock icon.

    Am I wrong?
     
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  18. johnk...

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    You are correct, AFAIK.
     

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