Join Date: Dec 2009
Ferrari Life Posts: 2,455
I have owned a few sport ferraris (355GTS, 360 Modena Berlinetta and currently a 430 Spider carbon-ceramic) and a couple of GT Ferraris (612 Scaglietti steel discs and currently a 612 Scaglietti carbon-ceramic).
Remember, a 430 is made for hard happy driving; hard accelerations, hard braking and hard slick turning. If your budget so permits, go carbon-ceramic! You will know where that extra money went.
Being your first Ferrari I suggest you get totally confident with the car on a track, preferrably with a racing instructor in the passenger seat giving you momentary feed back on how to maintain maximum race pace. The big carbon-ceramic discs with their huge six-pot magnesium calipers are highly efficient. However, the standard brake pads are not for track use and will literally burn up. Try to locate race pads or have them custom made.
Then, switch the manettino to race mode (unless on wet tarmac) and enjoy this fabulous masterpiece of Ferrari engineering as often as you possibly can. I am certain both you and the car are worth it.