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I picked it up last Saturday. From all my research in the three weeks leading up to it, I am pretty sure it was the first sale in my home state of West Virginia. There was only one other local and it was green. I wasn't interested in it.

That morning I left home expecting to stop by and see the one I bought. I was heading into Ohio to look at the three that showed up online. I figured I would get one of those and was ready for a long day of traveling.

The dealer that had this one was more than receptive and couldn't have made it easier. They are a local dealer that's long been associated with the SVT line and, from my dealings with others, it sure seemed to help.

I've driven it quite a bit (turned 1000 miles tonight) and actually planned on going to Shenandoah Circuit and do an event with it this weekend. It's first outing on track will have to be at VIR in November.

I got some good information here during my research. I hope the forum is successful.





 

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Ooo very nice! I wanted the red but ended up with the white. Where in WV are you? I'm in Winchester VA and frequent Summit Point a lot :)
 

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Ooo very nice! I wanted the red but ended up with the white. Where in WV are you? I'm in Winchester VA and frequent Summit Point a lot :)
I'm in Charleston (complete other side of the state).

I Instruct for many groups at Summit Point and have been going there regularly for more years than I care to admit.
 

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I'm in Charleston (complete other side of the state).

I Instruct for many groups at Summit Point and have been going there regularly for more years than I care to admit.
Awesome to hear :) I currently instruct with Trackdaze, but hoping to begin instructing with NASA/PCA as well early next year. I'll be getting rid of my current track car over the winter and hopfeully picking up a different one by the spring.
 

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Awesome to hear :) I currently instruct with Trackdaze, but hoping to begin instructing with NASA/PCA as well early next year. I'll be getting rid of my current track car over the winter and hopfeully picking up a different one by the spring.
TrackDaze here as well. They are a great group. If I had put just a few more hundred miles on this car I would have had it at Shenandoah last weekend.
I'm sure we will cross paths.
 

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Just picked mine up Friday in NJ! Haven't seen one around here yet so maybe I am one of the first one's! Good luck with yours!
 

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Just picked mine up Friday in NJ! Haven't seen one around here yet so maybe I am one of the first one's! Good luck with yours!
Did your dealer hit you with a $279 doc fee and $200 MotVeh fee? When I went to All American in Hackensack they tried to hit me with those fees and left.
 

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A few weeks in and all has been excellent. I am ready for my first oil change and eager to get it on track sometime in November.

I took it on a 300 mile day trip through the mountains a week ago and it went perfectly. It's quite a capable performer in all conditions and I really couldn't find much fault with the car as presented by Ford. In fact, the only oddity I've found that annoys me is the incredibly long throttle hang time. In the days of more simple electronics we would blame such behavior on a heavy flywheel there solely to aid in all around drivability. Now, with complex ECU settings for emissions and economy, that throttle hang must be there for those reasons. I can close the throttle at 4500rpm and it takes nearly 5 full seconds for the RPMs to drop to idle. It's a strange sensation.

I have also discovered an odd design factor with the parking brake and console design. I'll admit it's probably partly because of my wider than needed ass, but twice now, while wearing work pants [khakis] I have leaned to get something from the passenger side and had coins in my right pocket fall directly into the tracks beside the parking brake. If the brake is on, those coins roll beautifully into the console and disappear forever. The first time it happened, it was comical, the 2nd, I am now worried about having to pull the console to get those coins so they don't rattle or get somehow tangled into brake mechanism. For the most part, I'll blame my fat ass and lack of control over what's in my pockets.

As for everything else, it's perfect. On those mountain roads, the brakes were stellar. All the online complaints from people about their dusting the wheels are from people who don't understand how brakes are supposed to work.

A couple pics from the trip.





 

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Nice update . I too have notice it take a while to rev down and using the engine for braking takes a lil more planning then just dropping a gear as you roll up to a stop or slower traffic rather than using the brakes... (I wonder if a tune will fix this with a faster tip in or whatever they call it when they adjust the drive by wire reaction times) As for the brake and dust you nailed that too infact sometimes I forget how good the brakes are and get a lil too aggressive with the pedal and see the steering wheel close up .. LOL better that than the other way with a hard pedal and slow stopping... What a great lil car.. Lovin mine too.... :)



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Lol love the leaves shot!
And you day mountains what are those? Lol

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Well, from 500 foot elevation (my home) to approx 4500 foot elevation during the drive and several times through that range in the process, I would call those mountains. I realize it's not the Rockies, but for an East coast person surrounded by people who can't properly navigate a mall parking lot, curvy and hill packed roads are quite an adventure in any car.

The "mountains", as I called them, are in West Virginia. The highest portion is Rt. 150, or commonly known as "The Highland Scenic Highway". Combine that with Rt. 60 between Charleston and Fayetteville (location of the New River Gorge Bridge), a road regionally known to be superior to the legendary Tail of the Dragon, and it was a pretty damn good Sunday drive.

And today, It's a rainy, awful, Tuesday morning with the coldest temps of the year and, I think, it's just about the first rain I've driven in with this new car. Don't like that rear wiper coming on automatically when you engage reverse. I wish that could be turned off.
 

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I was joking since I live in NYC and we have no mountains lol

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I figured you were joking.
You're missing out. Need to get that fun car on some worthy roads. There's so much more to life than crosswalks and potholes.
 
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