|Photo: Christian Tulipano|
You probably noticed we are not especially sentiment at Axis when it comes to man machine interfaces on new cars, flicking a paddle is more efficient, faster, better? We're good with it, we want it.
For those who prefer fondling sticks and doing the three stem in the foot box, there are many, many beautiful machines out there which offer the opportunity tho wrestle with cogs and levers and they need to be preserved.
Of course if your argument is the joy of eye-hand coordination, or more specifically the eye-ear-hand-butt-foot coordination, you really should try cars with a center gas pedal and non synchronized gears. Wait why stop there, real men only drive cars where the shifter is on the outside of the cabin, it all went downhill when they moved that stuff inside!
A provocation, of course. Enjoy this in-car from the recent Le Mans Classic. You are riding in the 1979 Ferrari BB LM owned and driven by the mysterious "Mr. John of B". In the second part of the clip there is a driver change when Soheil Ayari jumps in. Turn the volume up, marvel at the amazing sound of the Ferrari 180 12 boxer, cringe when the driver money shifts!
(a third to second accelerating out of Arnage at 10:20 in the clip)
Bonus video after the jump, onboard a Ferrari 365 GTB4 and more from the BBLM.