My experience is, like
, is on well run roads. Previous cars would effortlessly take the corners and turns like it was magnetically held to the road. The 4c tends to slide the front especially as the speed increases (obviously). But the same conditions as my other cars that never budged. This is in no way a complaint- different cars are just that- different. But Iím totally brand new to this car. It takes a bit of trial and error, plus getting to know what works and doesnít work by forums like this. By others that have gone before.
One obvious difference is my rubber. I had super grippy tires before. And much wider front tires. But it does understeer. No question
Also, most of our other cars have likely been heavier, and usually featured a honking big block of iron ahead of the front wheels. Unless your last ride was a Lotus, what one has driven in the past is really not a relevant frame of reference for the 4C. Iím certain that this has more to do with the difference in feel/reaction/impressions of the 4C than minor changes in alignment.
No question, production cars are designed with mild understeer for safety. But not with the ditch-seeking behaviour that some of us experience.
Still, the takeaway here is that there are valid ways to improve the handling. Driver education is one, but far from the only. Alignment changes, tire inflation, size or compound are others. In the end, anyone can do with their cars what they want. But itís good to know the options.
I think that the experience is hilighted by Chris Harrisí bipolar reviews of the 4C. He loved one in Italy on track and absolutely hated it in the UK on regular roads. It could be the nature of the roads, possibly he was prompted to offer a more negative report for whatever reason, or it might have quite simply been alignment differences between the two examples of this hand-built car. Weíll never know for certain, but alignment is as good an explanation as any.
Weíve certainly had a wide variety of experiences reported here. And many have done alignments on new-out-of-box cars only to find that the initial settings were way out of even Alfaís spec. Letís just say that Mario had more than his share of bad days while setting up the cars in Modena.