The Sultan's Ferrari FX: Forerunner Of Flappy-Paddle ShiftingMark Arnold4/16/08 12:20pmFiled to: sultan of bruneiBruneiFerrari FXferrari testarossaSultanFerrariFxPininfarina27EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkThese days, paddle shifters are on everything from hatchbacks to luxury sedans. But not so long ago, they could only be found on certain exotica and racing cars. Some love 'em, but a lot of enthusiasts would rather have a good ol' fashioned third pedal and a stick. So who do we have to blame for this virus of sequential gearboxes? The man at fault may very well be the Sultan of Brunei. Back in the early '90s, his specially-designed Ferrari FX was the first road car to use a modern paddle-shift setup.