What do you do when you encounter a Ferrari F430 on the twisty mountain roads? Try to keep up of course!! *grins*
I bumped into a Ferrari F430 on the roads heading to Gohtong Jaya and had a bit of fun tailing it. Needless to say, the F430 is freaking fast! Well it does have a 4,300cc V8 under it's hood pumping out 483hp at 8500 rpm and 465 Nm of torque at 5250 rpm. Yikes!!!
But what impresses me the most is the gear changes. Ferrari's F1 gearbox for the F430 is a gem. It changes the cog so freaking fast and instantaneous (150 milliseconds to be exact)! Makes perfect sense. Why spend idle time changing gear while you can be constantly accelerating? I was losing ground each time I shift up or down. Dang it!
Check out the below video of my run-in with the F430. I was short-shifting at 5,000rpm as this drive was my shakedown run after the completion of my Stage II mods. :)