I have not really raced the STi all that much but I did lose some enthusiasm for it last thursday.
I had a family function and I knew that my uncle that hardly ever comes to these functions was going to show up. I was hoping that he would bringing his 2001 Ferrari 360 Modena because I was going to find a way to drive it, and I had already driven his Porsche 911 Turbo. Unfortunately it was raining in the morning, not hard but a constant drizzle. So I figured he would not be bringing out the 360 today .When I showed up to my destination he was not there yet.
Of course he Shows up late, but what is this? He is pulling in with a brand new Ferrari, a 360 Challenge Stradale in dark blue, it was fricken gorgeous. I checked it out in detail, it was packed full of CF all over the inside, the entire doors were CF, same with the center console and the racing bucket seats, CF wrapped in leather.
Next thing i know I am doing 120 down backroads with very little effort. The only thing that sucked about it was it had just 500 miles on it so it was still in breakin mode, keep it under 5k RPM for the first 600 miles, so close yet so far away. Shifting was effortless with the paddle shifter. But I would have liked to have gotten into that 8500 redline, but maybe next time.
Needless to say i am still grinning from the experience, I need a job that pays me 500,000/yr right now!