F1 Paddle Shift vs. Stick Shift.
Definitely, I've got a turned stainless steel ball on the top of the 328's stick, I love the noise my wedding ring makes on the ball and the noise the stick makes on the open gate when I'm shifting. Paddles can't make that sound, it's all part of the Ferrari experience.Stick! Click-clack!!
Ever try to drive car with an F1 transmission in heavy or stop and go traffic?The stick, to me, seems archaic. Someone mentioned Formula 1 using the paddles. They don't even upshift anymore. There is a reason for that... It takes out the unreliable human factor of the perfect shift. That will allow for accurate, quick, consistent, reliable shifting, with probably a longer life on the transmission, because there is no human to miss a shift point. I don't see a down side, unless you're one of those nostalgic owners who prefers a 'stick' to call it a manual.
There are also some of those who preferred the old manual typewriters that required no power, in order to call it journalism.
I'm a fan of the paddles, and I also like the idea of having an automatic when I want to just cruise (DB9).
But you show me a person who can shift in .15 secs, at the perfect rpm, everytime, without missing a gear, over 1000 times, and maybe I'll change my perspective. But I, for one, am not that good, and I appreciate technology accounting for my shortfalls (to a point).
True, we are very close technically. In fact you could eliminate pilots from fighter planes today if you really wanted to.As far as racing goes, I think it's currently possible from a technical standpoint to completely eliminate the driver. Put enough sensors and computers in the car, with GPS, in track sensors, or whatever, and let the machines fight it out! But that's not my idea of racing... my view is keep driver skill, including shifting, as part of the "sport".
That would be a good idea, it might stop some of the mistakes and friendly fire incidents, and if it didn't they could just blame it on the computer. completely removing any blame from the pilot who often only has a split second to decide from 2000 feet and travelling at almost supersonic speeds if the target is friend or foe.True, we are very close technically. In fact you could eliminate pilots from fighter planes today if you really wanted to.