Learning to drive F430 F1..help!
Hey there fellas. wife and i took the F430 for her first real drive this afternoon. went 50 miles total. all was fine except 3-4 times, the car would pause then throw itself into neutral during acceleration. I did not push her hard but casually at 4K RPMs, i shift from 1st to 2nd, then click paddle, then nothing happens for 2-3 seconds..then goes into neutral... from neutral i shift up and all is fine... this happend a few times like i said but sometimes it happend when trying to get to 4th from 3rd...but all occasions were about the same during acclerations from a stop at about 4-5K rpms.
After replaying the events in my mind, could i have let off pressure on my gas foot during these shifts, thus causing car to not respond and go into neutral? i'm used to shifting a stick with: clutch in, shift gear, clutch out, then gas pedal...if i am correct, my gas pedal needs to be constantly IN when as i shift??? please help as i am worried my car may be malfunctioning... besides this, the F430 is amazing and so is the F1 transmission. The sound is as good as all of you have mentioned! truly love the car. now just have to learn how to drive. i'll consult manual again after this post.