For decades the Ferrari road cars lagged behind the Porsche 911 in one significant area, and it had nothing to do with speed. They were simply not suited to everyday use in all conditions. Fragile and unreliable, they were fantastic when everything worked, and nasty like the plague when broken down. Ferrari aimed to change that perception with the introduction of the F430 in 2004. The car shared the basics of its body layout with its predecessor, the 360, but was greatly improved.