Fast forward to present ... I now have about 19,000 miles on the car and the car is starting to exhibit some early symptoms of clutch wear ... noticed today it missed a shift and once on my drive it shifted out of gear to neutral. Now maybe this is just coincidental, but got me to thinking.
Steve....here are some things to keep in mind from a guy who has an F1 360 with 45k miles on it...
When mine started doing that a few weeks ago - it led me to think the same thing. After spending 5 hours in the bay with a Ferrari tech at a Ferrari dealer...I found that the first step to handleing this problem without replacing the clutch is to have your guy adjust the PIS with an SD2. It will cycle thru the gears and adjust the PIS to a point best suited with the current clutch wear - regardless of what it is in terms of percentage.
2nd....a couple of points to make a note of regarding the "pop into neutral at stopping or pop into neutral then upshift to 3rd higher gear" issue:
- did it happen when you had been driving it for a while / stop and go traffic / mid range engine temp and oil temp?
- Did you lift throttle when it was in process of shifting...before making sure the shift had fully occured? ...or....
- Did you push throttle past 5k range before shifting while in 2nd or 3rd gear - after having been in stop and go traffic immediately prior?
That was when mine would do it....and the PIS re-adjust solved this issue for the most part....along with being more mindfull of when a shift had finished / throttle etc.
Every car of course will be a little different - and I have put 1500 miles on mine in the spanse of 45 days...partly because I love to drive it, but also because If something is gonna break - I want to know sooner than later. Mine has changed 1% since 500 miles of my driving....so 1k miles and 1% wear per SD2...YMMV depending on how you drive yours, but go for the easy stuff first...
If after the PIS adjust it still doesnt clear that issue up 99% better - have them look to see if there is any gear or other oil along the walls of the clutch housing. I was told by my tech and a fellow 360 owner I met a week ago, is the best way to know clutch is gone on an F1 360 is when you shift with steady throttle pressure - and the revs jump before the shift is completed. If that happens - park her and get it replaced before you get stranded somewhere.
Otherwise - it should be something that SD2 or other adjustments can fix.
Oh...and lastly... in the words of my Ferrari Tech:
" Are there any lights / warnings On? No? Does it sound good and drive well after warm up? Yes? Does it leak oil or smoke? ...No?....well then stop worrying yourself and me so damn much, stop looking for a way to pay me money for no reason, and go drive that beautiful ride like it should be driven!"