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Speaking of cars

On travel, the rental car place automatically upgraded my rental. They gave me a Lincoln MKS, which is apparently the luxury model of the Taurus SHO. But it’s not quite tuned like the SHO. It was a fun car to drive. Roomy, adequate power and decent handling. However, it could really use some traction control. If you thumped the gas, the tires would squeal even in automatic transmission mode. And that’s just wasted forward momentum.

Also, paddle shifters are kind of stupid. See, a lot of times when you’re shifting gears, you’re also steering. And the shifters maybe upside down when you’re trying to get it into third and this can be problematic. In a straight line, however, it was quite fun when the tires actually gripped.

9 Responses to “Speaking of cars”

  1. Eagle Says:

    Seriously, it has the paddle shifters attached to the wheel rather than the steering column? LOL

    Does your Infiniti have those? I don’t remember. I have a G35S and use the heck out of the paddle shifters (which do not move with the wheel as they are attached to the steering column).

  2. SayUncle Says:

    yes they are on the wheel.

  3. The Comedian Says:

    Sounds like it doesn’t need traction control, it needs traction.

    OEM rubber is specified for a number of reasons including ride, cost subsidies, noise control, fuel economy and performance. No surprise that Lincoln didn’t put a lot of effort into choosing sticky rubber.

  4. jason Says:

    Paddle shifters on a Formula car, who’s steering wheel only turns 100deg (0.28 turns) lock-to-lock = good idea.

    Paddle shifters on a street car that takes 2.98 full turns lock-to-lock = really dumb.

  5. SPQR Says:

    Ha! You are Jeremy Clarkson and I claim my five pounds.

  6. anon Says:

    “See, a lot of times when youíre shifting gears, youíre also steering.”

    When you’re driving HARD you complete your downshifts before the turn in. You might up-shift on the way out, but by then you’ve usually unwound most of your steering input and the position of the paddles isn’t an issue. Shifting gears while loaded up in a turn just upsets the balance of the car… bad juju.

  7. Ben Says:

    “If you thumped the gas, the tires would squeal even in automatic transmission mode. And thatís just wasted forward momentum.”

    Uh, what’s that now? Momentum = mass x velocity. I think you meant to note that it’s wasted energy. But since we get some of it back in the form of a warmer planet, it’s not necessarily wasted.

  8. Bobby Says:

    You are supposed to be in the right gear before turning, thats the idea.

    And, hey, uncle, youve got traction control, its your right foot. Do you want the car to steer for you too?

  9. Lyle Says:

    It needs all wheel drive. I’ve really liked it in the cars I’ve driven that had it. You can really jump into motion. Plus it sure doesn’t hurt in the winter here.