Actually, F-1 has been using automatic shifters for some time. Manual was more effective long, long ago. Modern automatic gearboxes, properly designed and built, will out perform all but the most skillful driver shifting. The caveat is because there are number of incompetent "slush boxes" produced.captmiddy said:Finally, I have to wonder how many people really need a manual transmission, I mean come on, you want a manual transmission in a sports car but in a truck? It just takes up space that could be better utilized and is a pain to deal with.