I lost in 0-60 again
. The competitor was just a 2.4tonne van.
As I was getting angrier, at the next traffic signal, my left side was a normal Ford Falcon (manual). I used the 1st gear up to 40km/h, 2nd gear up to 60km/h. When I saw back, most cars seems very slow behind me, but the Ford Falcon was faster than me by 1 car space.
Ok, let me set you straight. Forget the speed (with regard to speed limits please try to observe) as when to change gears. In Alfa, like all Italian cars, it's about RPM (not the Ch10 program) the ENGINE speed, not road speed. That's why early cars had the tacho directly infront of the driver and the speedo in the middle of the dash (you had to look across if you could be bothered with road speed).
The Italian engines are designed to rev, that's why you spend money on regular services, good oils and they burn oil, it's about "racing" techniques in engine design etc.
Now I am not a road warrior, don't drag off at the lights often but when the need arises understand this -CLUES ON HOW TO DRIVE FAST
1) Alfa TS engine is designed to rev to 6500-7000rpm (It is it's calling in life) 2) Selespeed works like this; accelerator more than 60% down, revs over 5000 rpm gear change happens at 0.4sec. Anything less than 60% & 5K rpm change happens at 0.7+ secs. 3) I don't use
nor suggest "stalling up" the selespeed i.e. foot on brake 1st gear selected and apply revs, then lift off brake (it is what can be done in a manual with clutch pedal called "dumping the clutch") without this the slightly slower take off with selespeed will beat an average driver of a manual most times because the sele gear change at point 2) is very fast and smooth and perfectly matched to throttle/clutch engagement-which most drivers can't do constantly.
One final point...you mention Falcon manual but understand at a minimum it is a 4Lt L6 or at worst a 5.8Lt V8...pick your sparring partners wisely