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  1. Looking into buying an early 1991 Diablo or 1992 Ferrari 512TR (Poster Cars of my childhood). I want a charismatic classic, but I've got a few questions for those that have owned one or both vehicles. 1. Diablo Maintenance and Parts Availability: - What sort of maintenance costs are to be expected for 1-2.5k/year? - Are there "unobtainium" parts that could put the car out of service for months at a time. I've heard there are no replacement ECU's remaining as an example. - What are common break points and things to watch out for? - How is independent service support? - The Ferrari seems to have cascading "belts out" services every 5 years, where an $8-10k job finds 8k worth of other work each time. I know the Diablo has chains, but any other similar "replace everything while we're here" maintenance intervals (I've heard clutch job is large). 2. How is the car to actually drive? - I enjoy driving my cars. I've got a Noble M400 that I rack up tons of miles on now because its dynamically brilliant. I don't really care about being that comfortable more than the car being an event. - I'm looking for "an experience", I don't believe any road car is fast on the street (a $30k Radical will spank any modern car on track and you can drive it with reckless abondon that you can't when you've spent 100-200k). - Any owners local to San Francisco Bay Area I could buy a beer/coffee in exchange for seeing their car and talking about ownership? 3. What are people actually paying for early Diablos? - List prices are all over the map - Auction results (like the 30k Rahal car) seem to be about $110-150k depending on mileage. Who has bought one recently? Any advice much appreciated!
  2. Here's some exterior shots: Only downside to the green is shows dirt so easily, but otherwise love the british-ness of it. I TIG welded my own exhaust for the car. Not worries about heat-soak intercooler, removal of the license plate and some ducting to isolate the low pressure area behind the car help draw air out. Car also has upgraded IC
  3. Noble seemed better for me given: - I could still street-drive and enjoy - Its more forgiving to drive - It was more reasonable stepping stone between track car and downforce car Thanks - - Chris
  4. Bought a Noble M12 track toy after growing faster than my track-day miata would take me. I've had it about a year, just installed larger turbos, exhaust, fuel system and had it tuned by resident noble expert. Car dynoed at 484 whp, 422 lb ft of torque, and weighed in at 2,360 lbs with a full tank and full of fluids. Makes everything else feel heavy. Can post sheet if I get my old photo-hosting accounts back up.
  5. Great friend, he can just be off-putting on the first meeting so I can understand why someone might rush to judgement. Thats why I mentioned it! He's a good guy, and a good customer once you get through a layer, but everyone's different. If I owned a random business and didn't know him, I'd probably rush to the same judgement.
  6. Hey guys - Have a good friend who wants a TT on his 2007 G spyder e-gear. Can anyone PM details (or Jason himself) to make the intro? FYI, he's 28 (and admittedly slightly annoying at first) but one of the other TT makers quickly dismissed him. I had a good friend who used to work at Heffner (George) and had nothing but awesome things to say, so figured that was a better place to start. - Chris
  7. I've heard rumors (no idea if true) - that on the 5 McLaren LM cars, offers were repeatedly turned down for $25M. This was in 2012 when I was working at the factory.
  8. There's a batch of 1980's F1 cars that were sold, a 1987 TAG car was up for auction recently at Gooding, but for the most part Ron doesn't like to part ways with the F1 cars. (1) 1987 Prost TAG/McLaren MP4/3: http://www.goodingco.com/vehicle/1987-mcla...mp43-formula-1/ Most years have 4 chassis, newer years only 2. To get an idea of the quantify of parts made for the F1 program, take a look inside the waste-bins outside the machine shops, its literally tons of Aluminium shavings generated weekly. An unspoken collector also has one of the original MP4/4 (1988 Senna Prost Chassis that is the winngest-F1 car in history). The MP4/4 displayed in the MTC is not an actual racing chassis, but rather an MP4/4 development chassis as can be recognized by its analog tachometer rather than the race-spec digital display. The facility is awesome, even the food is really good.
  9. The factory is cool and all but make sure you see the proper stuff: (1) The old F1 cars (Typically 4-6 chassis) are kept in a separate storage warehouse and all are covered up, but its still cool to see. (2) MSO is where the current McLaren F1 repairs go on, and all special customization/construction work goes on. Its the original McLaren roadcars building and they have all the cool inventory. (3) The F1 facility is awesome and there's an underground with the major machine-shops and final assembly occurs. Go see some of this stuff being made and prototyped, there's no reason to block it off. (4) Also ask to see the design studio (5) If you want to see the F1 drivers, go to the gym, otherwise they generally avoid perusing through the building in public view The cafeteria is also really good surprisingly, but lunch happens in shifts between the F1 team and Road-Car team. Go sit with the F1 guys, they're a fascinating bunch. - Chris
  10. I believe that circuit is Spa where the test was conducted.
  11. Are those pilot cup sports? Barely seeing a groove in the tire there. This thing looks amazing, can't wait to pick one up.
  12. You've clearly never worked at an exotic sports car company. (1) Macca has had two bosses - Mike Flewitt and Anthony Sheriff. I don't think reasons are clear for the change even internally. (2) Resale is absolutely not the first goal. The goal of the MP4 was to sell vehicles. No one cares about resale if you don't make enough money. Furthermore, its much more pertinent to the US market where no-one actually drives their cars, unlike the EU where 458's and MP4's both depreciate equally. (3) Lets compare the MP4 to the Gallardo platform as a sales success - the Gallardo had the longest life-cycle of any exotic product - 10 years since introduction and sales would've been completely off the map had it not been for a late introduction into China. Where the MP4 delivers above and beyond other 'upstart' entrants is in actual customer satisfaction (e.g. people who did buy the cars love them), and in dealer experiences.
  13. Stop whining about Photos and go see the car - you could get better photos than my Iphone takes on the internet.
  14. Stunning would be the understatement of the century. In person, its simply extraordinary.
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