Secret Scotland

If it's secret, and in Scotland…

There’s always bl**dy one!

I tend to have my cameras in various states of readiness while wandering around, but even that doesn’t always work.

Nor is it an option with any sort of compact – usually lacking anything resembling a viewfinder, they turn on their battery draining rear screens the minute they’re turned on, so can’t be kept on and ready for a grab shot.

I usually don’t power anything up until I’m far from home, why waste battery charge if a shot is unlikely.

But I should know better – having already missed TWO Lamborghini Diablos (probably the same one twice) while strolling along Tollcross road.

This time, something made me turn round and I spotter a flash of Ferrari red in the line of traffic.

Lined up the shot… then realised the day had not ‘started’ and the camera wasn’t ready to go.

Frantic switch flick, reframe, and fire.

But it still almost got away, and the camera was still half asleep and the autofocus said ‘Go’ even though the pic was far from focussed.

This might have needed TWO passes through an image sharpening routine to change fuzz into recognisable shapes, but at least I got a pic this time, unlike the previous Diablo fails. To get an idea of just how bad this pic was before processing, just compare the rear light on the right-hand side of the Ferrari with that on the left.

According to my spies, it’s a Ferrari 599 6.0 V12 F1 GTB Fiorano 2-door with a sequential transmission first registered in April 2008 (they also suggest it was black).

It was the brand’s two-seat flagship, replacing the 575M Maranello in 2006 as a 2007 model, and replaced for the 2013 model year by the F12berlinetta. It could be had with a traditional 6-speed manual transmission, or Ferrari’s 6-speed sequential called “F1 SuperFast”.

By the numbers: 620 PS (456 kW; 612 hp) @ 7600 rpm and 608 Nm (448 lb ft) @ 5600 rpm.

Which Ferrari said gave:

0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.2 seconds
0-200 km/h (124 mph) in 11.0 seconds
Top speed: over 330 km/h (205 mph)

Note that at the time of its introduction, this V12 was one of the few engines which produced more than 100 hp per litre without using any form of forced-induction such as supercharging or turbocharging.

Tollcross Ferrari

Tollcross Ferrari

While the rear features match other pics I have of this model, I haven’t been able to dig up a match for the extended centre section as seen below the rear number plate. Most simply have a black area between the exhausts. This variation may be a UK tweak to provide a rear fog light (visible below the plate) as required by our law. Most pics online are US cars.

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December 17, 2017 Posted by | photography, Transport | , | Leave a comment

Neeb’s wheels 10

Given the cost of a Ferrari, and if you’re at all familiar with owning one, you’ll understand I really mean the cost of running one, then a six or twelve volt kid’s option makes more sense… LOTS more.

I’ve known a few folks who saved their pennies and bought a Ferrari, and some (who did not have bottomless pockets) were almost ruined by the annual running and servicing costs. They can be horrendous if you clock up appreciable miles.

And DON’T break it!

One of them missed a gear change, and the bill (this one was about 20 years back) was a crippling £30 k just to repair the gearbox.

And Ferrari apparently does not suffer fools gladly either, as they were not interested in his efforts to get any of the costs covered by warranty, or even insurance. He had to choose between coughing up the cash and having the repairs carried out, or selling his nearly new car as ‘damaged/repairable’ at a significant loss. Who wants to buy an expensive car that comes with a £30 k bill before it can even be driven, and might have more damage?

This one I spotted not too far from home (must have missed it on past walks) seems to make a lot more sense, even if it does come in need of repair – the front end seems to be missing.

It’s kind of hard to tell what it’s modelled after, given the missing front, and the rounded lights plus lack of any bonnet detail seem to suggest it’s an older type, no longer lodged in my rapidly diminishing memory. Recent models have lights with corners thanks to slimming down and using LEDs, and have a variety of bonnet scoops and intakes now.

The rear light would probably have given the needed clues, but a raid over a very locked gate and tall hedge seemed a bit excessive.

Ferrari for Kids

Ferrari for Kids

While the styling may be forgivable to make it cheap and easy to make…

The real SIN revealed by that lack of front bodywork is not.

The directional tyres have been mounted backwards!

There is just NO excuse. None.

July 15, 2017 Posted by | photography, Transport | | Leave a comment

   

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