Have you ever wondered how many folks use the paddle shifters in their vehicles?
Back in the day you were relegated to a manual transmission with a clutch pedal, hopefully it was a 4 speed or even better a 5 speed, or a 3 speed automatic with an hydraulic valve body.
The good ole manual transmission with a clutch pedal remains a constant, and there is a timeless endearing aspect to a push rod V8, coupled to a manual with a mechanical clutch pedal.
Automatics have progressed from a 3 to a 4 speed to lock up torque converters, to electronic controls, and dramatically improved shift capabilities.
Lets fast forward...
We are up to 7 speed manual transmissions with either a clutch pedal or a dual clutch set up and paddle shifts.
We are up to 8 speed automatic transmissions.
Needless to mention that technology is an intrinsic part of making these multispeed transmissions work in any street vehicle. Think about this, without technology these 7-8 speed transmissions would be totally unwieldy. Most folks have little desire to correctly shift gears in a vehicle.
We all know that multi speed transmissions, do wonders for acceleration.
Getting to paddle shifters...
In a race application running flat out, paddle shifters are a neccessity, and the faster the shift delay the better, since a fraction of a second here, one ther, after several laps it all ads up. As you know, in a race application transmissions undergo an appreciable wear and tear cycle.
In a street application after a few moments of having fun with the paddles, rev matching the engine, the novelty quickly wears off since we are not running flat out on the street. In most instances an automatic transmissions does a better job than the driver to shift gears.
Its the "I have a double clutch transmission that shifts gears in 0.005683 of a second as I'm approaching the apex of turning a street corner while navigating urban congestion".
What do you think...leave a comment.