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Would you think it’s a good idea to rent a Lamborghini or Ferrari for my prom or my senior year?

Lamborghini - Everything You Need to Know | Up to Speed, Rent a Lamborghini. They are the ultimate underdog. If you want something cheap, rent a Gallardo or Huracan. Murcielagos and Aventadors are usually harder to come across and are more expensive to rent. Another affordable option would be a Nissan GTR, Lotus Elise, Alfa Romeo 8C, or a Maserati Gran Turismo. Make sure that you ALWAYS keep traction control and ABS on, and know how to drive a manual(stick). Paddle shifting is fun, but not as engaging as a stick. Also Turo has local people that rent out their cars, so that is the most helpful tool for you to pick a car. Happy driving and have a great prom, Supercars on the FlyYT

What precautions should I take when paddle shifting my car?

Thanks for the A2A. I had to find out what paddle shifting was first. Not used to the term, I guess. I live in in India. Almost every car that is manufactured and driven here is a completely manual transmission - not even an auto clutch. Automatic transmission cars are usually for people who can afford them. Anyway, now that knowing paddle shifting is basically manual transmission, I shall answer the question assuming it's a complete manual transmission and not semi-automatic, which according to me is a waste. As many have pointed out in the answer, the precaution is very vehicle dependent. I, personally, do not have much expertise on paddle shift to comment on that. The following part of the answer is for a set of questions raised in the question details. Advantages: 1. Fuel efficiency In the long run, a manual transmission saves you a ton of fuel, if used properly of course. 2. Higher control This might be a personal choice but I feel I get a high degree of control when I am driving a manual transmission and feel some sort of 'connection' with my vehicle. I can predict how it behaves. 3. Higher life of transmission (not always true) Automatic transmission uses what we call as an Epicyclic gear system or in common terms, the planetary gear set An epicyclic gear set. And manual transmission uses a different kind of gear set. ,A typical manual transmission set. Which looks more complex? Disadvantages: 1. Learning curve Getting the timing of the shift, clutch and acceleration right will require some time. 2. Wear and tear of the clutch The life of a manual transmission is in the clutch. In crude terms, clutch is the link between the gear box (which is connected to the wheel via a few other mechanisms) and the engine. So, rough use might wear the clutch off faster that it might in an automatic transmission. Although, once the expertise is attained, this need not be the case. The point of paddle shifting, at least to me, is the sensation while driving the car. I exert such a high degree of control that I can actually maneuver to my whim and fancy. Also, you can do many stunts, like drifts, if you are into those stuff. Basically, only with a manual transmission you actually drive a car. Otherwise, it drives itself. Where's the fun in tat? Warnings/Advice: 1. Get the positioning of the leg correct. Operate both the accelerator and the brake paddle with one leg. One leg should always be on the clutch. 2. Invest a lot of time before taking the car out for a proper spin. Nail the timing of the shift. During this process, you can actually 'feel' your car 3. The standard checks of transmission fluid still hold good although, might be slightly different from an automatic transmission. 4. If you are on top of a mountain and someone had devised an evil plan and pulled out your brakes, have no fear in case you approach a dead end or a valley - disengage the clutch and shut off the engine and you will be perfectly fine (with a few bruises and on top of an airbag, but the car not so sure)

Do people drive old Ferraris because they can't afford a new one?

I doubt finances play a part in owning/driving an old Ferrari, but the gated manual shifter just might. If I have the financial means someday to buy a prancing horse, I'll be hunting for a Ferrari 550 Maranello in Rosso Corsa red. It's an understated car, by exotic standards, but it has the only two things I lust for - 12 cylinders and a gated manual. Paddle shifting is neat and all, but sometimes the old ways are more fun.

What’s an affordable car that’s faster than most other cars on the road?

If you’re looking at an affordable ,new, car, then that narrows the list. I would choose this one… This is the 2018 Fiat 500 Abarth. It lists for under $21K and features a lightweight 2512 pound curb weight, 160 horsepower and a 0–60 time of 6.9 seconds. It features a turbocharged 1.4 liter engine, choice of stick or paddle-shifted automatic, sport suspension, a cool-sounding exhaust note and sporty bumpers, trim, wheels, tires and interior. Not the fastest pocket rocket on the road, but not bad for the price…

What are some of the most fascinating technologies Formula 1 has contributed to our everyday lives?

The three that come to mind that are real contributors to "everyday" lives are: Electronic Ignition and Fuel Injection programming Aerodynamic Body Control Computers Electronic Air Shift Transmission Control These three are the most widely adopted technologies that have advanced cars that ordinary people can afford to buy and drive. Fuel and Ignition systems have been relatively static platforms for the last 15 years. But new designs in fuel injectors and how they are electronically controlled are directly the result of F-1. As engines get smaller in displacement and go higher in the RPM band, precise fuel control and ignition sequences used enter the same speeds as F-1. This is particularly true of new 3 cylinder 1.0 Liter engines and most 1.5 to 2.0 Liter engines. Stability control in cars with monocoque bodies have limited roll stabilization options available. In the past, a mechanical sway bar was the only option. Now with electronic shock absorbers (dampers really), the compression and rebound rates are now computer controlled. While not the exact same technology as F-1 shocks, the technology did get its loading limits from F-1 cars. Manual transmissions are the most popular sports car transmission type. But ordinary drivers do not know how best to get the maximum out of an engine's torque curve that a computer can analyze faster and easier than a human can. As paddle shift technology transferred from F-1 cars to (of all places), heavy trucks and lorries, the technology soon found its way into high performance sports cars. But an off shoot of this is a new electronic semi-manual shift (air / hydraulic powered) transmission box that is a direct descendant of F-1 transmissions. Lighter than an automatic transmission, its rotating mass improves fuel consumption and increases performance in small cars. They should be available in cars starting with the 2017 model year.

What is the most underrated super car?

Any non-luxury badge sports car, fits the “underrated supercar” description these days. Why? Because many people are elitist and worried about what other people think much more than a car’s ,actual, performance. A perfect example is a Camaro., In recent years, the lowly Chevy muscle car has surpassed Ferraris, Lambos, McLarens, Porsches, etc. The Camaro ZL1 is a 650hp/650lb.ft, firebreathing, corner hugging (and still commuter friendly), weapon, with a semi-practical back seat and trunk. Car journalists around the world can’t believe the track times and it embarrasses cars costing 5x more. Even the interior is beautiful suede Alcantara, and the Recaro seats, Brembo brakes and stereo are nice. Real carbon fiber bits. Paddle shift or rev-matching stick shift. It comes in a hard core track version and convertible too. I’m a life-long car buff and I’ve never seen such an affordable supercar. And it truly is a supercar. The Camaro ZL1 1LE - beat supercars and buy a house with the money you saved ;-)

Which is actually more pleasurable to drive - automatic or stick shift/manual cars?

If you want comfortable driving and live in a city then you should go for the automatic.Also if you like speeding then go for an automatic with paddle shifters which will increase agility.Nowadays it is not recommended to buy a manual car until and unless you just want speed or can't afford automatic

Today I saw a woman putting groceries in her Maserati and I got jealous. What must she do for a living to afford such a car?

Advert from Autotrader UK. Maserati coupe, 4.2 litre V8 (made by Ferrari), 63,000 miles Here’s what the advert says “Gorgeous Ferrari derived 4200cc chain driven overhead camshafts V8 engine with paddle-shift gear change or fully auto if you wish. Full leather interior including head lining. Two keys and full documentation. MOT to 30/04/2020, 63K miles, comprehensive service history, owned by me since Feb 2010, no modifications and always garaged, wired for blue-tooth phone / iPod/MP3, only £325 pa road tax (only £5 more than a Tesla 75)! A great driving experience but life moves on and with genuine reasons for sale I regretfully need to let someone else enjoy the fun. In very good condition. Viewing recommended and inspections welcomed. (Private number plate may be available separately) Next MOT due 30/04/2020, Full service history, Green” Is that the sort of thing you had in mind? The price of the above? Yours for £8,000 (or near offer) Now £8,000 is not really a lot when you are talking cars, so maybe your lady was just more adventurous when it comes to car buying. (The more I read that advert the more tempted I get, it’s a lot for the money !!!!!!)

If they started making new DeLoreans, what would it take for you to buy one?

Love the look, but the entire engine, transmission, suspension and brakes would need to start from scratch. This was a cool looking car that just drove terribly. Might work with a manual six speed, engine, brakes and chassis from a Civic Type R or Lotus Evora, tufted leather Recarros- heated and cooled, and an interior pulling the best from Jaguar or Audi. And still affordable. Which means it would probably need to built around a Civic Type R chassis and interior. To keep it more like $50k than $100 K. It should perform well enough to take to the track, but still work as a daily driver. And not lose the cool factor. Paddle shift option is fine as long as a true manual stick shift is still offered.

What is your dream car?

The Mercedes W204 C63 AMG. 6.2 liter M156 V8. ,I’ll install an iPE catless exhaust on it and open the valves. 7 speed auto/paddle-shift transmission. Sensual styling. No forced induction- sharp throttle response. Doesn’t sound like a diesel tractor (I’m looking at you, W205-AMG). Take a listen.