Originally Posted by BlackMasi
I feel the F1 transmission in the Granturismo with its slow switching times as misplaced and annoying. A bad gearbox in the wrong car. The Granturismo is a heavy car, at the end of the day a real "Granturismo", the ZF transmission fits much better to the character of this car. There are good reasons why the F1 gearbox is no longer used.
You indicate that the F1 trans has slow gear-shifts... and I suppose that is true... when operated in Normal and when not having your throttle down and the revs high - 'cuz in order for the shifts to be fast it has to be in Sport, throttle down, and revs high. As I said, I think you are right re the slow gearchanges when not driven aggressively.
I guess a good fix for this, though... and probably a must-have - is Formula Dynamics Drive By Wire mod. Drivability is no doubt much improved, and speeds-of-shifts are improved. Just saying, though, when the 'box is cold, mebe we DO want slow shift speeds to be easier on the (albeit stout) synchro's...?
You know, there is one side of me that says.... why did Maserati bother with a robotized manual, when, in fact it would be easier to drive if it were a simple manual 'box. I suppose part of it is that "floppy paddles" were- and to some extent still are de rigueur, flavour of the day. Also, even folks who don't know how to drive a manual - could drive it. But folks who do not understand and probably DRIVE a manual could never be happy with an F1 trans. Definitely rough...
In general, I think the ZF automatic probably is a better fit with the GT... but OTOH it certainly would be cool to have a plain-jane 6MT GT. You could then learn to drive it well, easier, than the learning effort (and duration) it takes to learn the F1 trans... And then the driver, directly by lever action, clutch action, could control shift durations, smoothness, etc...
YMMV. Interested in hearing Others' opinions on this matter.