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Discussion in '458 Italia/488/F8' started by scott61, Feb 23, 2020.

  1. scott61

    scott61 Formula 3

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    From searching here I found that is what Ferrari calls launch control. But when sales guy was going over car with me he didnt mention that, he said something about that button does not work here in the U.S. Was he lying to me? I looked in manual and there was no instructions on how to use it.
     
  2. mkraft3003

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    Page 155 of the manual. Partenza Sportiva" means Sport Departure in Italian
     
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  3. Il Co-Pilota

    Il Co-Pilota Formula 3

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    It does work in the US and the PS label is only used in the US. In Europe and other places, that button says "Launch".

    It's some odd nanny state thing in the US, and back in the days of the 430 etc. launch control was illegal in the US. I suppose this was Ferraris way of circumventing that. I've seen multiple US owners whom have replaced that button with the original "Launch" button, as that was what Ferrari originally intended it to read.

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  4. scott61

    scott61 Formula 3

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    Thanks, not sure how i missed that? Wonder why sales guy lied to me? Or maybe he was just confused since it doesnt say Launch?
     
  5. MANDALAY

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    Don't think he lied in a way , There are MANY uninformed sales guys.
     
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  6. Il Co-Pilota

    Il Co-Pilota Formula 3

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    Is this an official F car dealer?

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  7. scott61

    scott61 Formula 3

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    Yes, and I figured out how I missed that in manual. Book was in my car and I was looking at the reference book that just shows them as "Gearbox Buttons (PS,R,Auto)"
     
  8. wrs

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    It works fine.
     
  9. Il Co-Pilota

    Il Co-Pilota Formula 3

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    What's really odd is the fact that normally, PS means Pit Speex and is used on the cruise control lol.

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  10. Mighty Joe

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    The 488 is a beautiful and devastatingly fast car......with a Launch Button!!! You know...just in case 0-60 in 3 secs is not good enough!!! LOL
     
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  11. Il Co-Pilota

    Il Co-Pilota Formula 3

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    Lol. Using the Launch in the 488 is a really funny and visceral experience. Yes, a 911 TTS or Tesla is faster to 60, but there's no drama. The. 488 is faster once it hooks up, and there's lots of drama. You take your foot off the brake, there's a split-second slow-mo sensation as the rear end steps around a little nervously and the way you just sense the car bares its teeth, and then finally bites down and shoots you off like there's no tomorrow.

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  12. Mighty Joe

    Mighty Joe Formula Junior

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    Beautifully put.......I love my 488....
     
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  13. scott61

    scott61 Formula 3

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    I saw that you can not engage it in Wet mode but when I tried it I found it would not engage in Sport? Does yours?
     
  14. Il Co-Pilota

    Il Co-Pilota Formula 3

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    Should work in Sport. Might have been a case of the car sitting on an uneven surface at an angle. The system also takes this into consideration when deciding if you can launch or not.
     
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  15. scott61

    scott61 Formula 3

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    Didn’t actually use it just tried engaging it. In sport mode nothing, then clicked it to Race and it engaged.
     
  16. Il Co-Pilota

    Il Co-Pilota Formula 3

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    Ah okay. It's been a while:)

    Give it a try, you'll like it:)
     
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  17. scott61

    scott61 Formula 3

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    Checked again today and it only engages in Race. Looking forward to trying it but want to wait for temps to be a little warmer
     
  18. scott61

    scott61 Formula 3

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    Found this on Ferrari's online manual so looks like it doesn't work in Sport mode, but in my manual that came with car it just says it can't be used in Wet mode.
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    "Indication of Launch Control activated When the gearbox is used in “manual” mode and the Launch Control function is requested by pressing the special button on the centre console (see page 155), the word “launch” appears in the bottom of the gearbox display. The word remains while the function is activated. (only available when the driving mode is set to “RACE”, “CT OFF”, “ESC OFF”)"
     
  19. Mighty Joe

    Mighty Joe Formula Junior

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    Haven't tried it yet!!! BUT I will.....(;-))
     
  20. Jason B

    Jason B Karting

    Apr 7, 2006
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    I'm working on an overlay that says "Launch".
     
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