That's a great point... race tech that's making its way into consumer vehicles.
Originally posted by drxlcarfreakI think its less of a safety issue and more of the trickle down effect. F1 has had paddleshifters for many years now. At first the high end autos started having them as an option, but now they are pretty common place. If I am truly racing, I don't want to think about taking time to clutch shift, clutch rev match shift. I want to be able to concentrate on exactly when to dive into a turn exactly when I need to start braking, where the guy behind me is at trying to pass me etc. It's the main reason why when I race my bike, I try to keep the shifts to a maximum of 2 per lap.For the Evo, it could also be Mitsubishi paying attention to what the end users are doing to the cars. The paddle shift is basically an automatic (possibly twinclutch) without the transmission control unit. Mitsubishi kind of built themselves into a corner with the transaxle layout. There is only so much room in the case to beef their gearsets up for higher power, where in an automatic the planetary gearsets can take far much more abuse, plus since the auto even though they have lightening quick shifts, actually create less stress on the rest of the drive components than someone beating the crap out of a manual so there is less breakage there as well... At least this is the reason I am switching to an automatic DSM.