It sounds bizarre but I want to try it.

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    9 months ago

    Not OP, but yes

    The act of shifting and the way that it influences the way the car/bike reacts is an integral part of the driving experience. There’s no fun in just pressing a go pedal with no input.

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      9 months ago

      When you drive an automatic transmission ICE car, do you also use the shift handle to force the automatic transmission to use lower gears until you’re up to speed? Do you exclusively use paddle shifters in automatic transmission cars (where available)?

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        9 months ago

        No, because it’s not performance driving.

        My daily is a very boring, early 2000s automatic suv. It really doesn’t matter if something like that is an EV. I’ll probably replace it in the next 10 years with some base model EV to do my commute to work. It’s boring, but it works.

        In any kind of performance driving car, which this is clearly trying to be, the ice and the shifting is integral to the experience.

        To someone who only drives because they have to, it’s not going to make a difference. But there’s a lot of enthusiasts who want an ICE because of how the driving experience is. It’s not as refined or easy as an EV, but it’s more fun.

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          9 months ago

          But there’s a lot of enthusiasts who want an ICE because of how the driving experience is.

          Lets examine this idea for a moment. Things like traction control, ABS brakes, and even to an extend air bags change the nature of what the driving experience is. Each of these technologies removes human control from a system and replaces it with something automated. Yet few drivers disable these things to retain the original “driving experience”. Why are these things, which bring improvements to the car’s performance, accepted, but the idea of having to mess with a less efficient gearbox isn’t?

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            9 months ago

            I’d say counter to that. When driving a performance vehicle hard, ABS and TC are something you absolutely want to turn off. Road car ABS sucks to drive with, as it deadens the feel from the brakes. They’re important for the road for safety, but as soon as all you can let the real performance out on track those are the first things to disable, as they actually make it harder to go fast.

            Air bags change nothing about a driving experience.

            Not everyone wants or needs improvements. People who drive because they have to will want the easiest, most efficient, most sanitized inputs. People who like cars tend to want the most raw feeling they can get. That includes driving assists off, generally only leaving power steering.

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              9 months ago

              I think you’re making my points.

              • At the track, every measure can be taken to improve performance
              • In your daily driver, you don’t go through all options necessary to maximize performance because its not worth it

              In both cases a slower, less efficient and lower performance, manual gearbox is the wrong rational choice.

              This doesn’t mean that people shouldn’t have the choice for their hobby. There are lots of hobbies where the point is to be less efficient/performant as a callback to a bygone era. There are those that still take joy in hooking up a team of horses to pull a wagon. There are woodworkers that eschew any power tools to experience the joy of creation in the era before power tools. Drivers that want to use old cumbersome methods to re-create what was needed for performance driving in the old era will be no different.

              I support you in your hobby of driving in classic ways as a callback to old technology.

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                9 months ago

                I disagree fundamentally, but I’m done with this pointless argument

                I see no point in EVs as anything more than a commute vehicle. They’re not fun to drive, they’re soulless and they’re boring. They offer nothing but a reduction in quality and experience in driving.

                There’s no argument for a go pedal being fun. A lack of gears is not something I’m ever interested in. Even an automatic still has gearing and it’s still an integral part of driving one.