Automatic Is Now Faster
A manual was originally the only choice for a car’s transmission, but the automatic quickly gained market share once it was introduced to the public. Autos were sluggish, though, so auto gearboxes were a luxury item for big sedans that rich folks drove slowly, while sports cars still had three pedals.
The turning point was in 1989, when Ferrari put a paddle-shifted, semi-automatic gearbox in its F1 car. In 1990, most of the grid was paddle-shifted, and today it’s harder to find a sports car with three pedals than one with two paddles. Some companies like Lamborghini have even stopped making manual models simply because the computers are guaranteed to provide a quicker experience.