I’m not trying to be rude or snide, but have you ever driven a manual transmission?
I drive because I love driving. I go to the track because I want to be involved in and be the reason for my lap times. I love heel-toeing into a corner, grabbing a gear and pulling out of that corner and having the satisfying feeling of knowing I did that. I was involved. I could mess that all up, or do it perfectly, or pretty good lol. There is a sense of accomplishment. Yeah, missing a shift at the drag strip or racing your buddy sucks, but that’s part of it, working to do better the next time. Improving your launch, etc. All of it is involvement and driving joy.
It has NOTHING to do with fastest, quickest, top speed. It is about driving. I am so sick of the hyper focus on the fastest shifting tranny, the best launch control with perfect RPMs, and traction control aided launches. The fact is, anyone can hop in a new performance car, turn on all the launch control stuff, hold brake, hold gas, lift brake, and point car straight. Zero skill or driver involvement needed.
I want to drive the car. Who cares about the fastest this or that?? I’ve driven a Tesla Plaid, yawn, I’ll take the wife’s manual Honda Accord over that Tesla any day. Everybody talks about the fastest shifting this or the fastest accelerating that, but who ever tests those metrics? Who actually uses their car to that level? Almost nobody. So what does it matter? But start looking at the cars at a local track day or autocross event, almost every one is a stick. These are enthusiasts that love driving, that love their cars, and actually test them at their limits and sometimes beyond. It’s so fun to talk with guys about shifting strategy, when they are changing gears, ways to cut fractions of time off of their lap, and they do that by driving better.
I could go on all day. But the point is, I want to be involved in driving my car, and that gives me satisfaction.