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I thought I would give all of you an update on my drive by wire throttle from Formula Dynamics. I also have installed the springs as well, and lowered the car around 1”

I have posted about the spring earlier and raved about the transformation in the handling.
The drive by wire throttle is a very cool up grade. It makes the car much more responsive. I have tried the two programs and found the more aggressive one great however; you almost need to turn off the traction control on hard acceleration because it keeps interfering. The second program is much more progressive and better for street driving. It is still way more responsive than the stock set up. The power comes in smoothly but so quickly, the car feels faster and easier to drive. The car is easier to get off the line smoothly with out slipping the clutch as much. It was a lot harder before the upgrade, with the clutch engaging so high on the pedal travel and the accelerator having what felt like a non responsive first 1/3 of travel.
I had the dealer do the install, and after a call to Jeff they got the job done after around two hours. We also did the pre wire for the ECU if I go for that at a later date.
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Thanks for the update Ron,

It's worth noting that Ron has a Manual Transmission 6 speed. I know that there were some folks out there who were debating how the modification would benefit them with a manual transmission.
 

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...and acceleration times should be much better

I was reading the recent Car and Driver review of the Gran Turimso. Curiously, despite being hundreds of pounds heavier than the Coupe/GranSport and only a little more powerful (405 vs. 390), the Gran Turismo accelerates to 60 in 4.9 seconds and hits the quarter mile in 13.5. It weighs 4,374 lbs. The Coupe does it in 4.8 and 13.1. It weighs 3,700 lbs. That's a 674 pound difference! Surely the extra 15 hp doesn't make up for the extra weight. My point is that I believe it's the Cambiocorsa transmission that handicaps our cars in acceleration measurements because of the delay in initial movement. I am fully aware that Maserati considers the performance of the CC-equipped and standard-shift coupes equal, but C & D never tested a standard shift car. The seat of the pants sense of my coupe always made me suspicious that these cars would be in the 4.5/12.8 second range but for the problem with launching, particularly when comparing it with my prior E46 M3, which felt slower. It would appear that the automatic transmsission in the Gran Turisimo helped make up for the weight gain, as it can launch the car properly. I suspect that the Drive By Wire product offered by Formula Dynamics significantly impacts acceleration times.
 

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these cars were never designed for the hole shot. i've always understood them to be grand touring cars, ready for the road circuits not the drag strip
 

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My point is that I believe it's the Cambiocorsa transmission that handicaps our cars in acceleration measurements because of the delay in initial movement. I am fully aware that Maserati considers the performance of the CC-equipped and standard-shift coupes equal, but C & D never tested a standard shift car. The seat of the pants sense of my coupe always made me suspicious that these cars would be in the 4.5/12.8 second range but for the problem with launching, particularly when comparing it with my prior E46 M3, which felt slower. It would appear that the automatic transmsission in the Gran Turisimo helped make up for the weight gain, as it can launch the car properly. I suspect that the Drive By Wire product offered by Formula Dynamics significantly impacts acceleration times.
My thoughts exactly. I asked Jeff from FD, he reckoned 1/3 second. Not that I'm trying to burn people off the line, but the ability is there and it's limited by clutch engagement. Read the other posts today about clutch failure - it's the Achilles heel of this car.
 

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I was reading the recent Car and Driver review of the Gran Turimso. Curiously, despite being hundreds of pounds heavier than the Coupe/GranSport and only a little more powerful (405 vs. 390), the Gran Turismo accelerates to 60 in 4.9 seconds and hits the quarter mile in 13.5. It weighs 4,374 lbs. The Coupe does it in 4.8 and 13.1. It weighs 3,700 lbs. That's a 674 pound difference! Surely the extra 15 hp doesn't make up for the extra weight. My point is that I believe it's the Cambiocorsa transmission that handicaps our cars in acceleration measurements because of the delay in initial movement. I am fully aware that Maserati considers the performance of the CC-equipped and standard-shift coupes equal, but C & D never tested a standard shift car. The seat of the pants sense of my coupe always made me suspicious that these cars would be in the 4.5/12.8 second range but for the problem with launching, particularly when comparing it with my prior E46 M3, which felt slower. It would appear that the automatic transmsission in the Gran Turisimo helped make up for the weight gain, as it can launch the car properly. I suspect that the Drive By Wire product offered by Formula Dynamics significantly impacts acceleration times.

Frankie, the numbers you've reported are not entirely correct.

The GranTurismo does 0-60mph in 5.2". The GranTurismo S does it in 4.9", a car with 440hp.
 
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