Manettino and vehicle set-up
Just like in Formula 1, F430 and F430 Spider drivers can change various areas of the set-up of their car using a single selector set on the steering wheel. The manettino, as it is known to the Scuderia Ferrari drivers, is a commutator switch that has been adopted directly from racing. This switch quickly and simply controls the electronics governing suspension settings, the
CST stability and traction control, E-Diff and the change speed of the F1 transmission, as well as F1 gearbox shifting times. The manettino enables car settings to be changed to suit personal preferences, road surface conditions and available grip. The settings available to the driver have been concentrated in five different strategies, enabling them to be changed to suit personal preferences, road surface conditions and available grip:
ICE: performance is significantly restricted (maximum intervention by the stability and traction control) for maximum stability - indispensable for driving in very slippery conditions (snow or ice).
LOW GRIP: this position ensures stability both on dry and wet surfaces. It is therefore recommended for surfaces with poor grip (rain), gritty roads or particularly broken or undulating blacktop.
SPORT: this is the standard setting that strikes the best balance between stability and performance. Ideal for the open road, this position provides an optimum compromise between maximum performance and safety.
RACE: this setting must be used only on the race track. Gear changing is even faster to minimise gear shift times. CST intervention is reduced to a minimum. The suspension control increases a level too.
CST: activates or deactivates the stability and traction control. With the manettino set to off, the driver has full control over the carreactions. The only driver aids that remain active are those that cannot be overridden such as ABS and EBD (electronic brake distribution).
Both coupé and Spider boast uncompromising forged aluminium, double unequal-length wishbone suspension set-ups front and rear with antidive and antisquat geometries. New-generation software manages their adaptive suspension to provide the perfect balance between handling and comfort. The 19” rims are fitted with 225/35 tyres at the front and 285/35 at the rear. There is also the option of run-flat tyres combined with electronic pressure control.