I was thinking same thing, you have to gun the engine to go up the steep hill in any car.CONAN said:No lights; nothing.
You experience though brings up the topic I alluded to: perhaps I didn't put in enough throttle. If I understood your post, you sort of floored the throttle to let the computer take over.
My test: I'm waiting for another rainy day and doing the manuever over again; I'm going to try to spin the front wheel(s). Then I'm going to gun it. I'll report back with my findings and pay special attention to the dash indicator lights.