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I'm just a novice at this but here are a few thoughts after taking the car to the track this weekend as corroborated by the race instructors.

1. Power:was prodigious and linear, honestly the gallardo and the C5's could not overtake it on the straights.
2. Brakes: very impressive but despite the cross drilled rotors, they are pretty prone to fading after getting heated up.
3. Tires: I have a lot more respect for them after this weekend. Very predictable handeling without too much fuss. Not the achilles heal as I once thought. They are very soft and wear in no time, but offered good grip once warmed up. Nevertheless, the next set will be Goodyear F1's.
4. Suspension: I would recommend lowering the car as it really improves how well you can throw this car around. The car doesn't have Corvette like cornering but is very predictable with ever so slight understeer. It held its own with the Minis on the track and trounced most American offerings including the GTO. Stiffer shocks would make this car a 911 beater.
5. Transmission: Unless you are a seasoned track racer, the C.C. is a huge advantage over a standard 6 shifter. You'll brake much later before the turn, and out also much faster. I did notice that the shifts where quicker around 6500 rpm rather than at redline..hmmm. Nevertheless, I think that each Maser. shifts slightly differently (watch the Shumaker video, he liked it) so it depends on the luck of the draw. http://www.fastdrive.org/download.php?view.718
6. Fuel economy: 5 mpg...'nough said.
Also impressive was how well the car held up after a few hours of abuse. I've read reviews of '06 A.M. V8's overheating after track testing.
All in all, the instructors were all very impressed at how well this car held its own on the track. I haven't even begun exploring the limits of this car, but would love to see some more board members next time at the F.I.R. track event in Phoenix. :D
 

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Excellent! And sounds like you had fun too.

BTW, the brake fade can probably be helped quite a bit by switching to a higher temp brake fluid, consider doing that if you go again.
 

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Track time is indeed awesome in this car.
Did you try it with the MSR turned on and off? I found with the MSR on, that the car would perceptibly pause when hitting the accelerator coming our of a turn, as the computer(s) decided that all the wheels were stable. With MSR off, you got instant acceleration without a pause. Of course, you also don't have the safety net....
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Lowering the car : the best way to reduce understeer.

Brake fluid : it is a must, it improve a lot the fading problem.

MSR with CC : turn it off, then the power come as fast as possible, but be carefull, use the power gradualy lap after lap to find the limit, after a few laps you will have more fun and run faster.
 

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Love the review Doc! Makes me wish I could take my car to the track. Regret sending it :(

Also anytime you're tracking the car drive the MSR off. The car will also be much more fun sliding around the corners.
 

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Great Review! I was getting excited reading it....

I only have about 800 miles on my new GS, and I have not run it with the MSR off, but if i am definately getting up early and taking the long way to work tomorrow.

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