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Paddle shifters allow you to select the right gear at the right time without worrying about a gear lever and a clutch. Here's everything you need to know!
Category: Car Buying Advice
Quite some time ago, manual gearboxes are the default choice for performance cars - even F1 cars were manual. Then, the F1 cars started to shift over to paddle shifters in the 1980s, with Ferrari spearheading the move.
This tech eventually trickled down to Ferrari's production cars, solidifying its position as a desirable feature for high-performance cars.
Why paddle shifters?
Since they were developed for Ferrari race cars, surely there's no use or need for them in our everyday cars right?
In race applications, paddle shifters benefit by reducing shift times and allowing race drivers to focus on driving without having to take their hands away from the wheel. On the road, paddle shifters allow a middle ground between a standard manual transmission and a generic automatic gearbox.
It combines the ease of operation of an automatic with the added control of manual transmissions to offer the best of both worlds. Paddle shifters are usually also located right behind the steering, allowing you to up and downshift without moving your hands away from the steering wheel - improving safety and driving experience.