The Aussie class is at the moment weighing up each paddle and stick shift for its Gen3 vehicles, the matter having morphed right into a flashpoint of controversy over the previous yr.
It was initially confirmed that an digital Auto Gear Shift system could be launched regardless, after which operated by both paddles or a stick, nevertheless it seems retaining the present mechanical stick shift is again on the desk.
The problem has polarised the paddock, with drivers by and huge in favour of preserving the stick and crew house owners cut up on the matter, some in favour of paddles and a few in opposition to.
Nonetheless that opinion from the drivers should not carry decisive weight within the argument, says Dane, who needs to see he name made based mostly on elements comparable to value and leisure.
“Virtually all of the drivers are paid, they’re not paying. So to be sincere they’re not those who needs to be making the decision,” he instructed media throughout the Gen3 launch.
“The individuals who needs to be making the decision are the crew house owners and tv of Supercars, in making an attempt to determine what’s the precise path for the long run for the subsequent 5, 10 years.
“The drivers, on the finish of the day, are paid to do a job. I’ve by no means seen a Supercars driver flip down driving a very good GT3 automotive, they’ve all received paddle shift.
“I haven’t even seen them turning down driving TCR vehicles. It’s not one thing they essentially hate a lot that they received’t drive a automotive.
“I feel it’s extra concerning the followers, they tv and the crew house owners and the prices related that [Supercars CEO] Sean [Seamer] and his crew have to consider earlier than they make a name.
“The decision needs to be lastly made by them. They’ve received inputs from groups and from tv, and so they’ve received to make a name after which everybody ought to reside with it.
Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Gen3, Ford Mustang GT Gen3
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“The drivers have gotten views, a few of which they air publicly and a few of which they air privately. However on the finish of the day the drivers are paid to do a job and they’re going to drive no matter they’re given.”
Dane likened the talk to the class’s transfer from a H-pattern gearbox to the stick-operated sequential system again in 2008, one thing he says the extra skilled drivers within the subject have been against.
“We had a debate about H-pattern versus sequential years in the past,” he mentioned.
“The house owners all wished to have a sequential gearbox within the automotive as a result of it was going to save cash when it comes to engines. The older drivers, all of them wished the H-pattern as a result of they knew methods to go from sixth to second and alter hear coming down from Skyline and never lose the automotive… they’d a vested curiosity.
“However we ended up with a sequential shift and the argument was forgotten six months later. We received on with life.
“This time a choice will probably be made, whichever method, and in a month or two everybody will simply get on with it. Together with drivers.”
A choice is predicted throughout the subsequent fortnight earlier than Gen3 prototype testing begins in earnest.
Because it stands the Camaro prototype is fitted with AGS and paddles, whereas the Mustang is fitted with AGS, paddles and an electronic-controlled stick shift.
The Gen3 vehicles will proceed to make use of the identical Xtrac transaxle that is fitted to the current-spec vehicles both method.