Ferrari F355 fuel consumption

One of things you never know with any car is how far you can get on a single tank of gas. The Ferrari F355 has a low fuel light like most cars but as yet I have not tempted that barrier, however I do want to understand what sort of range I can get on average.
Now I do notice that after the fuel level drops to half full it falls away much quicker from here than it does getting there. Thus, it seems to go from half full to empty quicker than full to half empty.
The Ferrari F355 tank is 82 litres in capacity with reserve point of about 20 litres. This doesn’t mean the tank is 102 litres, it instead means when you drop below the 20 litre mark the fuel warning light should come on.
I recently filled up the tank pretty much with 44.4 litres after having done about 380 kilometres since the last fill up. According to my maths, that should allow a total range of about 702 kilometres on a complete tank.
Now to be on the safe side if you instead take out the reserve fuel amount of 20 litres and redo the same calculation you end up with about 531 kilometres in range.
So, I would therefore expect the warning light to come on after about 530 kilometres and the tank to be dry around 700 kilometres. To get a safe range for the car (and allow some margin for error) I’d probably average these two numbers and get a range of about 615 kilometres.
Now of course that range is going to vary depending on how you drive. If you drive like a lunatic racing the car everywhere it will be much shorter. Also, if you spend more time in traffic and stopping and starting rather than on freeways or open road then your consumption will be greater. However, I think the above number represents a good rule of thumb for most driving.
I’ll continue to monitor my consumption and report back if the above figure changes much.

First outing for 2014

What do you do after you spend all that time cleaning the car? You go out and drive it and get it all dirty again of course. As I have said before, I bought this car to drive not to hide away all polished up in the garage.

The weather looked fine when I started out so I took the top off. Unfortunately, there was one cloud at the midway point of the trip that decided that it couldn’t hold its water. While travelling at speed the car didn’t get much rain from the sky inside but the water from the windscreen travels to the top of the windscreen and then has nowhere else to go but into the car and onto the driver. The heavier the rain the more the flow of water at the edge of the windscreen grew.

Knowing full well that as soon as I put the top up it would stop raining, I did so anyway in an underpass. Would be much easier and quicker with two people, but alas no one else wanted to come with me this early morning.

Withe roof back in place and returning back I turned off the freeway at Brooklyn and headed up the old Pacific Highway to Hornsby. In my continued experimentations with dual Go Pro cameras I produced the above video.

This time both cameras worked as expected in tandem capturing exactly the same shots. This was after ensuring both had the same configuration settings and were full charged before taking off.

The reason there are no engine sounds is that the only thing the Go Pros capture audio-wise is the wind rushing by. I’m looking into getting a microphone I can plug into them and attached to the exhaust pipes. Only problem with is that the exhaust pipes get pretty hot so I’ll have to see if there is a way to get the microphone close but not cooked. Some work to be done there. 

With the car all refuelled and back home I kinda have my eye on a longer trip next weekend. Not 100% sure given ‘returning from holidays traffic’ which is going to be a mess given what I saw heading out around Christmas.

Something to ponder this week.


Here’s another video I have uploaded to YouTube. In this one I have 2 x Go Pro Hero Black Editions connected on either side of the car.

Interestingly, I was able to get a single camera remote controller to operate both cameras together but at some down towards the end of the drive the left hand side one stopped recording and I haven’t been able to work out why. That means that towards the end of the video you’ll only get the aspect from the drivers side. Still, I hope you enjoy that.

Piecing the two sequences together proved much more challenging than I figured. I think I am approaching the limit of using Windows Movie Maker for the video production. I’ll have to start doing some research to see what else is out there.

I also think that the swapping between the two sides is a little jarring and I could have perhaps extended the fade out between these. I’ll try that in the next video. I also noted that what I probably need to do during the cut overs is allow a bit of duplication from one side to the other. That will allow the viewer to appreciate that the location is the same only the camera angle is changing. I tended to, in this video, try and cut exactly at a single point from one side to the other. Doing so, to me anyway, make it lose some continuity. Thus, duplicating some of the leading footage just after the switch (so after the cut over you see some of what you have already seen travelling by) rather than trying to get the precise moment I think will work much better.

Anyway, see what you think and let me know how you think it could be improved. I’ve still got a lot to learn about this video editing stuff!