Can anyone who has actually driven a GTV 3.0 on a track tell me please - what is it like in the corners? Do you find smaller engined cars pushing up behind you in the bends?
I've run my GTV6 round Llandow at the AOC/Maserati track days. The car is pretty much to OEM spec but with Koni struts and decambered front with zero toe in, 4 wheel tracked and used as a supermarket trolley during the week.
My comments would be :
1. Mega understeer! both
front tyres screaming through all the bends on the above circuit so I doubt a Q2 would help until the outer tyre found some traction on the exit. Might be a better bet on a less grippy track surface though, for example I could have used a Q2 at Castle Combe in the wet. I find that the understeer is progressive but the terminal let go on my car demands a four point harness and bucket seat to allow the driver some control over his destiny.
Tyre wear is MEGA! I made some new front tyres illegal during my first Track Day.
2. Other cars in corners. The 916 is designed as a GTV and in my opinion it does what it says on the tin. It's front wheel drive with an inherent weight distribution compromise so it's not a racer.
My track day philosophy is this: if after frightening yourself and everyone else through a couple of bends the guy behind is still gnawing at your tailpipe it's no disgrace to pull over on the straight and let a more capable car through. (unless it's another GTV!)
3. Car balance. Not good in my opinion better on the 2 litre but both nowhere near the Alfetta GTV which was until recently track racing and rallying in anger, rear wheel drive of course.
The thing is surely, Track Days are for us to explore and drive our cars towards their and our limits in comparative safety. I would drive my GTV to the circuit car park but drive something else ontrack if FTD was my goal but, as Snoot said earlier "our cars are about the theatre" and it's good they remain theatrical on circuit.