It sounds like a very sound car. I admire you for planning to do a work commute in a Testa. I am sure there are some here with self-proclaimed major cojones who do it while changing gears with their teeth, but the practicalities are daunting, particularly the steering and the warmup period. My F512M only really feels happy with about 20-25 minutes decent driving, and it's never a joy around the underground car park where it lives. The best thing about the car, on a short commute, is exactly what you can't see - the sight of it. I did do the school run in my M for a week when my DD was in for service, and it was memorable for all the right reasons...but I'm not sure I could do it every day. Having said that, in the M at least, the throttle/clutch modulation is actually easier than in the manual Ferraris with drive by wire throttles - my 575 manual, a much newer car, is worse to drive in traffic. The noises, 2nd gear, etc, sound normal. Good luck!