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September 19, 2014, 09:12:56 PM

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Launch control
« on: September 19, 2014, 09:12:56 PM »
Being playing with launch mode think it's great just can't help but smile what a great car
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September 20, 2014, 04:58:42 PM
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Re: Launch control
« Reply #1 on: September 20, 2014, 04:58:42 PM »
Launch control??? How does that work? I couldn't see it in the manual?
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September 20, 2014, 05:21:06 PM
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Re: Launch control
« Reply #2 on: September 20, 2014, 05:21:06 PM »
Scratch that, just found it (don't know how I missed it before), anyway just been out for a play...pretty cool!
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September 20, 2014, 07:23:39 PM
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Re: Launch control
« Reply #3 on: September 20, 2014, 07:23:39 PM »
Did you get the little chequered flag on the dash
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September 22, 2014, 08:02:35 AM
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Re: Launch control
« Reply #4 on: September 22, 2014, 08:02:35 AM »
Yes, got the flag. It took a couple of attempts as I don't think I was pressing the brake down hard enough...

I excitedly demonstrated it to the wife yesterday but she was a bit nonplussed  :'(
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September 22, 2014, 08:29:47 AM
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Re: Launch control
« Reply #5 on: September 22, 2014, 08:29:47 AM »
I know the feeling but I like it so quite happy bet it's pretty neat on yours
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September 22, 2014, 09:01:34 AM
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Re: Launch control
« Reply #6 on: September 22, 2014, 09:01:34 AM »
Yeah, it fairly fires the car off at a rate of knots (obvious statement but I've never had it before)...probably not a good idea to use it too often though  O:-)
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September 22, 2014, 10:39:50 AM
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Re: Launch control
« Reply #7 on: September 22, 2014, 10:39:50 AM »
Yes just save it for best wouldn't like to try it with my caravan on the back

What did you have before the x5
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September 22, 2014, 10:46:15 AM
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Re: Launch control
« Reply #8 on: September 22, 2014, 10:46:15 AM »
Audi Q7 immediately before then, Audi S4 before that. Nearly traded the X5 in for an RS6 a few weeks ago, but I'd have lost too much on the X5 as it's only 10 months old.
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September 22, 2014, 02:43:06 PM
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« Reply #9 on: September 22, 2014, 02:43:06 PM »
Looked at the Q7 but it was a bit dated inside and a bit noisier guess the RS 6 would be nice I thought the x5 would be ok as they are still in short supply and wouldn't have dropped to badly
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September 22, 2014, 04:59:34 PM
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Re: Launch control
« Reply #10 on: September 22, 2014, 04:59:34 PM »
Just think of a that extra wear and tear....

I did it on mrs old V6 TT a couple of times then a few loan cars but despite my current cars having it I haven't bothered because it only saves a nano second

I was speaking to the driving consultants at the Porsche experience centre at Silverstone and they say they have done thousands and never broken a car yet! Still not sure I would want to buy one as a second hand car though......
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September 22, 2014, 06:16:08 PM
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Re: Launch control
« Reply #11 on: September 22, 2014, 06:16:08 PM »
I think it says not repeat the launch back to back but if the toys are there you've got to use them that's my feeling
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May 31, 2018, 07:47:00 PM
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Re: Launch control
« Reply #12 on: May 31, 2018, 07:47:00 PM »
I had a play with launch control yesterday. Oh what fun! They say to do it in a straight line, which I did a couple of times, but I also tried it turning right out of a T junction. A bit of opposite lock, and it fired itself up the road. :))

May 31, 2018, 08:33:19 PM
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Re: Launch control
« Reply #13 on: May 31, 2018, 08:33:19 PM »
Has it got a maximum number of uses limit?  I can’t find it now, but I’m sure I read an article that says you can only use it so many times before your gearbox locks the function out due to excessive wear on the clutch & brake packs inside it - which would require a rebuild to sort.

I seem to remember it was less than 20 times?
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June 01, 2018, 07:51:35 AM
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Re: Launch control
« Reply #14 on: June 01, 2018, 07:51:35 AM »
Has it got a maximum number of uses limit?  I can’t find it now, but I’m sure I read an article that says you can only use it so many times before your gearbox locks the function out due to excessive wear on the clutch & brake packs inside it - which would require a rebuild to sort.

I seem to remember it was less than 20 times?

I’ve not heard that. Tbh, although it’s fun, it’s not massively quicker than normal acceleration. I can’t see how it puts that much more strain on the clutch/ gearbox as it just seems to hold the brakes on, then accelerate slightly quicker than normal. If anything, it’s probably not very good for tyre wear!