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Story And Photos By Shan Moore || From the March 2014 issue of Dirt Rider Magazine
“Off-camber slick corners need throttle and clutch control!”
To go fast in any off-road situation, a rider must be well versed in multiple techniques and be able to perform them almost simultaneously to get through certain tricky sections smoothly and quickly. Here, Nick Fahringer negotiates an off-camber turn that has a jump with a kicker on its left side. This turn is long, nearly a full circle around, and most of it is completely off-camber and made of gritty, slick soil. Since this is a special test in the Sardinia ISDE, it has been ridden several times, so the berm is pushed out and some whoops and holes have formed.
1. “After braking in the straightaway, I begin the turn by sweeping the outside, but I avoid railing this powder berm because it squares hard into a kicker mid-turn.”
2. “I square up early enough to go inside of the kicker to maintain speed and control. I am in attack position, weighting the outside peg with elbows up and head over the bars. I dig for traction to cut to the inside while putting some power down with smooth throttle—off-camber slick corners need throttle and clutch control!”
3. “Avoiding the kicker, the bike is still in contact with the ground. You can see me adjust a bit for over-turning as I crest the rise. It is important to not drift off sideways here and risk going off line or, worse, high-siding.”
4. “With both tires on the ground, I am back on the gas and back into the corner. I’ll pick up some speed and work my way outside toward the berm to sweep this last bit and get set up; then I’ll square up again and exit the corner on the inside.”
To keep up with Nick, check out his website at nickfahringer.com.
The news that every future Ferrari engine will be juiced by either turbos or electricity comes just days after longtime company chairman Luca di Montezemolo tossed his saddle to Fiat-Chrysler boss Sergio Marchionne.
The technologies will be split along engine types, too: Automotive News, after an interview with powertrain director Vittorio Dini, reports that all next-gen Ferrari V-8s will be turbocharged like the one in the 2015 California T, and they’ll also likely decrease in displacement. And it’s also probable that every V-12 will receive electrification as seen on the LaFerrari.
Much as Formula 1 has introduced turbos and hybrid power, Ferrari says those technologies are the only ways it can meet emissions laws while increasing performance. There are no plans to combine forced-induction with hybridization, however; V-8s will get pressurized, but since Dini says the V-12s would require four turbos, they’d get too large and radiate too much heat. Instead, they’ll get their boost from lithium-ion batteries and electric motors.
Automotive News also reports a refreshed 458 Italia and Spider will sport revised bodywork and a twin-turbo V-8 by 2016, and perhaps also a new name. A new FF and F12berlinetta “could be re-engineered” with hybrid systems in 2016 and 2017. While we noticed a dampened exhaust and slight turbo lag in the California T, it shouldn’t be enough for the tifosi to incite riots. And the LaFerrari can do no wrong. The upshot is that Ferrari buyers can look forward to more power, higher levels of efficiency, and, if Marchionne decides to increase annual production from 7000 to 10,000, more cars to buy.We Drive the 2015 Ferrari California T, the First Turbo Ferrari Since the F40 2014 Ferrari LaFerrari Driven: Most Definitely the Ferrari Why Did Ferrari Chairman Luca Di Montezemolo Really Quit?
Of course, this development will leave no naturally aspirated screamers left in Ferrari’s lineup, which could turn off purists. They may head to Lamborghini, which seems comfortable keeping its V-10 and V-12 engines free of such technologies. For now, anyway.