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Paddle Shifters

Now it is possible for the possible for the people to enjoy the thrill of changing the gear of the vehicle with paddle shifters as they had seen in formula one-race cars.

 

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Paddle Shifters or the Paddle shift technology is one of the most innovative technology invented in the history of automobiles. This technology was tested successfully on the racetracks with fast cars. After the successful succession of this technology in racecars, the many daily-used cars on regular basis accepted this technology. This technology offers comfort and convenience to the drivers, as they will not have to reach all the way to gear shifter on their side. Instead, they can just use the lever connected to the steering wheel of the car. This technology of shifting gears uses the two paddles on both side of steering wheel for up and down shifting of the gear. People might have seen the formula one cars running on track while shifting gear up and down with the help of paddle shifters placed in the car. In the earlier years, this technology was only used in the high-end cars, the high-performance car, or the SUV’s for the ease of driver of the car. With the increasing popularity of this technology amongst regular people, now this technology has also started to come in the regular class or the middle class sedan cars and SUV’s. This technology is used for two types of transmission that is semi-automatic transmission as well as automatic transmission. In the automatic transmission this paddles allow the driver to shifting of the gears with the just push of the paddle for up or down of the gear. Some of the manufacturers use this technology in almost all of their cars or SUV’s. When you see the semi-automatic transmission then you can make out that particular vehicle has the facility of the paddle shifter for the convenience of the driver. With the semi-automatic transmission along with paddle shifter, it work same as automatic transmission such as park (P), reverse (R), neutral (N), and drive (D); but with additional features that is sports mode (S). The paddle shift will only work in automatic transmission when it is sports mode. In this situation, the automatic transmission act as a manual transmission so that driver can enjoy the ride as with manual transmission. As the transmission in the vehicle is automatic, so people do not need any clutch mechanism while shifting the gear with paddle shifters. Most of all the manufacturers use the two paddle shifters in backside of steering wheel. Some of the manufacturers only use one paddle shifter behind the steering wheel that allow driver to shift up or down the gears. With the two paddle shifters behind the steering wheel, there would be marking on it as “+” and “-” for the understanding of the driver. “+” means the gear up and “-” means the gear down. Some of the manufacturers that use only one paddle shifter in their vehicle also include Mitsubishi. The SUV manufactured by Mitsubishi that is Outlander SUV only has one paddle shifter for the transmission with the sports mode. By shifting the paddle up means gear up and shifting the paddle down mean putting the SUV in reverse. Another leading and the most popular vehicle manufacturer that Volkswagen’s popular SUV that is Touarge use the buttons that are situated on the steering wheel rather making a use of the paddle shifters in the back of the steering wheel. Using the paddle shifters in the vehicle, the driver can enjoy both the transmissions that are automatic as well as manual without making use of clutch facility. With the Paddle shifters, people can use automatic transmission in city and the manual transmission on highway. Every car manufacturers all over the world known this technology with different name and they have their own technique to use in their vehicle. With this technology to be use in the regular cars that are used by the regular people, they get very convenient way to shift gear in city as well as on highway. With the handiness of paddle shifters in the car, people will not have to move their hand all the way to gear stick on side or no longer have to press the clutch repeatedly. People can juts shift the lever up and down to change the gear in their vehicle with no use of clutch in their vehicle that is also possible with the help of combination of automatic transmission and sport feature added to automatic transmission. Apart from the racing cars and regular cars, now this technology is also used in various vehicles such as bus, trucks, trains, motorcycles and many more.

 

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