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Don't argue, or I will use my cold engineering heart to build a SolidWorks project that will make your mother cry like a shoeless hobo.

Don't argue, or I will use my cold engineering heart to build a SolidWorks project that will make your mother cry like a shoeless hobo.

Sam Smith is a great writer.

"If modern performance automobiles are analogues to modern high-performance fighter aircraft," he said, "where speed and agility are critical measures, there will be no place for the manual gearbox in serious performance cars in the future.

However, if performance cars are akin to Lightnings, Corsairs and the like, then there is a natural place for manuals. As performance art."

Logical, eloquent, and common rhetoric with carmakers.

Is there a place for the machine to do things for you? Of course. Improve the experience without removing the driver from it, we'll beat a path to your door. (Magnetorheological shocks, torque-vectoring differentials, the list is endless.) But that kind of focus is rare. For the typical engineer, entertainment is byproduct, not primary goal.

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