In a new GranTurismo MC Trofeo after driving the 'old' GranSport Trofeo, Ciccarone discovered a completely different car, both in terms of looks and content.
"This is a true racing car that allows the driver to make the difference but, despite this, its set up makes it easy and fun to drive".
"Compared to the old Trofeo", continued Ciccarone, "this is totally different. In the old car the electronics kicked in more harshly and affected the car's handling. On the old Trofeo, the skill of the driver was all about how he could reach the car's electronic limit and now it is about reaching the car's limit. The engine is smoother, more progressive and simpler to manage. The work done on the suspension by the technicians is spot on as you now get amazing grip, especially from the rear end. In the wet, the sensation you get when braking changes but there are the same, dependable reactions from the car. Its limit is so high that you have to drive the car for a good while before you reach it".
As he will be a guest driver in the season's opening race at Monza, Ciccarone worked long and hard on performance. He also asked Andrea Bertolini, the three time FIA GT champion, for expert advice.
"It might seem strange but competition's unwritten rule of taking it slow to go fast counts for this car too. I learnt this at my expense as, when I compared my times and telemetry data with other drivers', I noted that I was quick going into curves but the progression and, above all, my pace going out of the curves was not in line the others'. However, when I focused on the driving technique, I really improved my times".