December 22, 2004

Nanny Engineering

Argh. So I'm having scads of fun playing with my new toy. I'm happily cruising fantasy ways to blow money on the beast (other than buying winter shoes, which I have deemed to be my Upgrade Monies for the Year). One of the few things that has been bothering me about driving it has been my slightly poor clutch performance. I have been shamefacedly putting it down to unfamiliarity with the car and transmission; perhaps too long behind the wheel of the shitbox I'd been driving for a year. Maybe I was just rusty. Perhaps I just didn't 'get' the Real Man's (tm) German Shifter.

Then, while researching the mods I could drop on the car, I came across this.

Now, I'm not sure this is true (although it looks pretty plausibly true). I'm not sure what the actual effect of this part is. However, based on their description of it, it would seem to me that it does what they say - it's a fucking nannywidget. It's designed to make the thing easier to handle for the bottom of the bell curve, but by fucking over those of us who'd rather take our lumps and learn to drive it good and proper. I mean, there's no way I'm going to learn how to shift the car properly if not only will it not let me directly control the clutch, but I don't know the thing is there.

This has made it to the top of the 'must unbreak this design decision' list.

Posted by jbz at December 22, 2004 12:18 AM | TrackBack

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