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I went for a "Sunday drive" with a group of exotics last week.

There were 17 cars involved including numerous Ferraris and other exotics (Lambos, Astons, etc). This was my first time on a run with this crew but I ended up in the lead group consisting of a modified Ferrrari Enzo, a very heavily modified twin-turbo Lamborghini Gallardo with 1000HP, a MacLaren SLR, and a Maserati MC 12. How's that for serious company!

The drive was about 50 miles through the foothills of the Rocky Mountains on a back highway with another 50 miles of main highway (one way). For obvious reasons, I can't provide details, but the speeds were "brisk" to say the least. I am a fairly aggressive driver and thus I was not about to be left behind if I coud help it. I was therefore, extremely pleased (and actually surprised ) to discover, that when pressed, the other cars in front of me (the Enzo, Gallardo, and SLR) pulled distance on the straights but did not drop me by any means. Under hard charging, I rarely fell back by more than 200 yards or so despite a power deficit of an average of 200HP on the lead 3 cars. I am sure that this gap would have opened with no traffic and longer straights but the old Spyder was no slouch. I did notice some instability, nevousness, and body roll on very high speed corners which definiitively closed the issue of whether I should get the forthcoming FD anti sway bars (I already have the springs).

Once we arrived at our secret destination for brunch (shown in the attached photo - I am barely visible beside the SLR -(that is the order that we arrived in BTW)) , the SLR pilot who was in front of me asked how much power I was packing. When I told him about 430 HP (after my last round of mods) he was genuinely surprised and commented that I was "right there".

On the way back, the SLR and I had a 3rd gear drag from 60MPH - he walked away from me as would be expected but again not as bad an embarassment as you would think given that his car is worth over 10 times what I paid for mine!

The credit for this respectable showing goes goes to Jeff and the team at Formula Dynamics. Quite frankly, I was invited to this regular Sunday drive a few times in the past but I have always came up with an excuse not to go because I (correctly) felt that my car would be a complete embarrassment and that I would be picking up the rear.

After the FD mods (and the drastically improved performance that resulted), my confidence was elevated to the point that I thought that I would give it a try. I was not let down. Thanks again Jeff and please keep it up.

My next round of mods will likely include a Larini X Pipe and FDFBW, and hopefully there will be more to come. I firmly believe that these cars have tremendous untapped potential - it just takes some effort to get there.
 

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Thank you for the high recommendation and fun review of the event. That sounds like a lot of fun. I'd love to see more exotic car runs in the states that aren't all car specific. I used to attend an event in the Bay Area hosted by AutoExotica, which was very similar and some of the most fun I've had.

Have no fear, Sway Bars and Skyhook dampening controls are on the way. I'm sure you'll love the Drive By Wire as well.
 

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Good times :)
Thanks for posting the additional pics Travis. I saw your car there but never got a chance to chat.

Good drive, eh? :D
 

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Very cool ! Which mods did you do and how do you get the HP estimate ? Guestimate ? I just did the DBW, installing the BMC in the morning and, I think, the springs are next - Jeff - you do have them in stock for shipping ? Correct ?
 

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HP estimate and mods

Very cool ! Which mods did you do and how do you get the HP estimate ? Guestimate ? I just did the DBW, installing the BMC in the morning and, I think, the springs are next - Jeff - you do have them in stock for shipping ? Correct ?
I have the FD springs, ECU, SS brake lines and street pads with RB 600 fluid, BMC air filter, plus a Tubi exhaust. The car has been lowered and corner weighted with new Eagle F1's that are force balanced.

The HP is a total WAG guestimate based on the following:

Tubi: They claim a 5-7% HP increase on average. I am therefore assuming a 18 HP increase above stock.

ECU: FD says between 20 and 30 HP. I am assuming 20 HP

BMC: Most filters typically add 3-5. I am assuming 2HP

This is a total of 40 HP added to the 390 HP stock to yield a total of 430 HP. I have no idea if any of these figures is at all accurate but the car definately pulls a lot stronger and is more responsive than before the mods.
 

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Very cool ! Which mods did you do and how do you get the HP estimate ? Guestimate ? I just did the DBW, installing the BMC in the morning and, I think, the springs are next - Jeff - you do have them in stock for shipping ? Correct ?
Yes. In stock but getting low, we're about ready to begin production on the non-sky springs as well so we're trying to build them all together to save on material shipping and powdercoating.
 
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