- Feb 23, 2006
I'm a little confused by this statement? What exactly does the F1 gearbox not do that a manual geatbox would?
Jacobfox: The car is amazing. You sir are a lucky lucky man
the joy of heel and toe and perfect downshift. words can not describe how great it feels when you get everything right. every upshift and downshift is like an mini orgasm, especially in a Ferrari
In a true manual gearbox, you have to do everything manually, hence the name.
Pressing a button that tells the computer that you're ready to change gear, is not the same.
But again, it is an amazing gearbox and on a track under racing conditions, it's unbeatable.
And unfortunately, I won't be able to drive it for a while. My dad wants to get the hang of it before he lets me behind the wheel.
true, 100% correct, on a race track, the computer does all the gear change for you, making you focus more on the actual racing line and braking, which is nice. But lets face it, 99% of ferrari owners are going to spend more time on the road than race track, its mainly the open road, the twisties, highway and country roads. And his dad sounds like one of those 99% Ferrari owners, e.g the car will go on a race track like once in a year at the most, its a very expensive car after all, i dont think anyone would want to damage their supercar, therefore a manual gearbox would be better in terms of teh ultimate driving machine (i sound like a bmw salesman ). If his dad was thinking about taking the F430 on the race track only... then he should have got the F430 CS, in that case.... sequential gearbox FTW!!!!
Having said that, its probably a good idea to get the automatic gearbox anyway, when your dad is done with the F430, more buys will be interested at buying an auto F430 rather than a manual one. But hey! To each's own, at the end of the day, its his ferrari not mine. Kudos for the car though... great choice of colour, ive seen enough red ferraris, good to see your dad choosing a non main-stream colour.