Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Albuquerque, NM
Ferrari Life Posts: 11,858
With difficulty. The point was clutch life is largely dependent on driver technique, manual or F1. There is no reason an F1 clutch will wear out faster than a three pedal clutch if they are driven the same way. The only part on an F1 clutch that always sees more wear than a three pedal clutch is the throw-out bearing, and that is not usually the deteminant on clutch life. Another old wives' tale.
Dan- Another old wives' is that the clutch slips continuously in reverse for F1 systems. It does not and locks up just like it does in 1st. It takes more clutch slip to get going, but that is because reverse is almost as high as 2nd gear in the 360 and 575s, fixed for the F430 and 599 with a much lower reverse gear. Easy to demonstrate, all you have to do is find a larger parking lot (preferably donwhill) and start in reverse. The clutch will slip until fully engaged and stay full engaged.
Since the F1 and three pedal cars use exactly the same transmission, the same high reverse problem exists and it takes much more clutch slip with your left foot to get the car going, just like F1.
360 1st 3.286, 2nd 2.158, R 2.565
575 1st 3.153, 2nd 2.176, R 2.364
F430 1st 3.29, 2nd 2.16, R 2.73
599 1st 3.15, 2nd 2.18, R 2.93
Present: 575M 135171
Past: Dino 246 GT 02984, 365 GTB/4 14009, 308 GTS 25125
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