At least they made those of brass. Steel and you'd be buying some rather expensive disks. I guess I'll just order a set from Eurospares, at least that way when I pop mine off (I'll be diying) I'll have them handy.
I've driven a few Gallardos, they drive very old compared to the strad... And that gearshift.. engine and box feels like it's about to depart from the car on each change. Never driven a manual though, they'd be where I image the fun is.
I've never seen under the back of a non-transaxel GT car. Whats under there? A Diff hung from some point on the chassis with a torque tube heading in, and CV jointed drive shafts coming out left and right? Might there be some weight saving with the transaxel car?
I think a slow uptake is far more damaging than booting it. I've done very little slow traffic, and lots of hard driving, 90% in race mode, track days too. So far my clutch wear is about 1% per 1000 kms