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      08-10-2012, 11:08 PM   #16

Drives: Double Vanos'd Civic-M3
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: San Francisco

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Originally Posted by radiantm3 View Post
I think I preferred the Elise's shifter best. placement is so perfect (it's right next to the steering wheel) and the throws felt pretty short. I did not like the clutch feel or the placement of the gas and brake in that car. I couldn't heel-toe if my life depended on it in that car. I probably just have to have more seat time in it.

I really liked the F430's shifter, but the throws felt slightly long. There were a few times where I had to think about how to go from 3rd to 2nd. Again seat time would probably make it better. I was able to heel-toe like a champ in that car and it felt great. The engine revved so much quicker than in the Elise. The Elise flywheel felt heavy and made the car feel lazy when rev matching.

I think the lambo's throws were the longest (if my memory serves me right). Shifting gears felt like operating factory machinery. One strange thing about the Gallardo is the dead pedal is really close to you since the wheel well is right there. So when you rest your left foot on the dead pedal, your knee is bent halfway. I'm only 5 foot 8 so I can't imagine how much a taller person would have to bend his leg. It felt awkward going from rest to clutch down.

So shifter: Elise, F430, and then Gallardo. Pedals: F430, Gallardo, Elise.

regarding the dead pedal location on the lambo, i think Jeremy Clarkson mentioned something about that as well.

Interesting take on throttle sensitivity and the flywheel's ability to rev quickly.