Thanks Gcalo for your insight. I read through some of your other posts as and can 2nd your opinion on reverse gear. I try to simply use it on getting out of the drive or a parking spot at a feather throttle and avoid any kind of back up in the uphill direction where you could really get the friction working against you. I spent about 3 hours at Ferrari Houston with one of their mechanics getting a good overview of the 430 since my original purchase was from Vegas and WOW, what a nice auto. I am even more impressed with what it is I purchased. The reliability factor is huge on the 430's vs some of the other models and lucky me my exhaust headers have already been replaced as well as receiving a new Scuderia battery prior to delivery. I keep it on a trickle charger when not driving for a week as you have suggest on other posts and my office is a 50 mile round trip so when I do get it out on the road, its gets "driven." Thereis the occassion trip near the casa where it might only see 4 to 5 miles but on those trips I try to let the car idle for 5 to 10 prior to taking out. Overall impression to date: AMAZING! I love this thing and will definitely take care of it. I am under the "Power" warranty until May and then can renew or opt to go to "PowerTrain" My next service isn't for a year and I will for sure put 5K miles on it per year which maybe over usage but allows the owner to truly enjoy the purchase vs let it be garage-bound. I just washed it on Sunday following some forum advice and man....4 hours later, I still think I could do a better job on the rims, etc. I might be hiring the mobile detailer next time but its nice getting it out on the driveway in the shade and going to town.
Thank you for the compliments. I thought similar on the driveway approach as I do have a "lip" vs a smooth street transition. You may want to look at a high angle approach. I live on a turn where I get a pseudo cul-de-sac effect and now very easily attack my driveway form the left corner by approaching it at 70 to 80 degrees. This allows the front left tire to gain the "ridge" of the driveway in 1st gear. You then give it a little gas and you are on top of the entire driveway with no scuffs, etc. Its unorthodox at best but simple in nature. Try it out. Just come in at the right attack angle and let your front left gain the high ground first. Smooth sailing from there. Repeat for reversing out.