Don’t let Joel Grannas hear you say automatics are faster than stick shifts. He won’t shout at you or pound a fist on a table, though. Joel has been drag racing his manual-transmission equipped Toyota Supra for years, and he will just pull out a small slip of paper for you to read.
While drag racing during an event at Bradenton Motorsports Park in Bradenton, Florida, in May 2020, Joel fired off the first-ever 6-second pass by an H-pattern–shifted car: 6.90 e.t. at 194.77 mph.
What is the fastest stick shift car in the world? That’s a question often debated, as it can be answered in many different ways. First, are we talking about the fastest manual-transmission car built by the factory? Currently or ever? Or are we talking about the fastest one created by custom-fabrication shops and racers? Instead of choosing one, we decided to pull together a list that looks at the fastest in each of those categories.
While new vehicles offered with an automatic-transmission outnumber those available with a manual transmission, there’s a plethora of used cars on the market that came with a manual transmission. And there are options to fit just about any budget.
Here are our picks for 10 best used manual-transmission cars. We strove for diversity in this list, so we’re willing to bet that one of these will appeal to your stick-shift, four-wheeled passion. And if we left your favorite off the list, post it in the comments! Read More “Great Manual Transmission Used Cars”
Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) technology has been around for years. As auto manufacturers strive to further improve fuel economy and powertrain performance, the advantages that a DCT has over a traditional automatic transmission become more desirable. In this article, we’ll explain the differences between a DCT and a traditional automatic transmission. Read More “The Differences Between a DCT and a Traditional Automatic Transmission”
The time has come. You’re tired of cruising along with your engine screaming. Gas gauge falling. The clunky shifts of an ancient transmission. Or worse, an automatic shifting the gears for you. The old-school cool of a manual transmission with the modern capabilities of a TREMEC sounds great, but you’re not sure where to start. Well you’re in luck, because we’ve compiled five key considerations for converting your car to a TREMEC transmission. Read More “5 Things to Consider When Converting to a TREMEC”
Rafael Gonzalez rolled
into Bradenton Motorsports Park in Florida for the 2020 Nitto Tire NMRA Spring
Break Shootout with the hope of running well and qualifying for the TREMEC Stick Shift Shootout. This was his first time competing in the event, so
his focus was on making clean passes and getting the most out of his mildly
modified 2007 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500.
For the 26th year, Ford
racers invaded Bradenton Motorsports Park in Bradenton, Florida, for the Nitto Tire
NMRA Spring Break Shootout. This drag race is the season-opener for the popular
Holley NMRA Ford Nationals Series, drawing participants from as far away as
California and Canada. And we are proud that one of the spotlight events at
this annual event is the TREMEC Stick Shift Shootout.
We talk a lot
about what a great swap a TREMEC transmission is for your car, but did you know
that many of the top American performance cars roll out of the factory with one
of our transmissions? This isn’t a new prospect – we’ve been designing and manufacturing
transmissions since we got into the business in 1964.
Today – and as
it’s been for a number of years – you can shift a TREMEC transmission in 2020
models from Dodge, Ford, and Chevy. TREMEC gearboxes are even being engineered
for super-quick shifting at the track and on the street via computer-controlled
synchronization, such as our double-clutch transmission (DCT). Read More “2020 TREMEC Equipped Factory Performance Cars”
The TREMEC trailer will be racking up the miles during the
2020 event season, visiting 20 different states from coast to coast. This includes
popular events like the Holley LS Fest, long hauling it with the scores of
TREMEC-equipped vehicles on Hot Rod Power Tour, hitting the trails in scenic
Moab, Utah, for Easter Jeep Safari and rockin’ it in our backyard at the
Woodward Dream Cruise. The TREMEC
event schedule is available on Tremec.com, and we’ll continue to update it
with new events we’ll be attending. Read More “2020 Events Where You Can Visit the TREMEC Display”
You can brag about how you’re great at driving manual
transmission and being a third pedal master – or you can prove it by entering
the TREMEC Stick Shift Shootout at the 2020
NMRA Spring Break Shootout in Bradenton, Florida, February 27 through March
Manual transmission cars competing in the NMRA’s most
popular racing class, True Street, are eligible for the 26th annual
TREMEC Stick Shift Shootout. Open to anyone with a street-legal Ford vehicle
with a Ford powerplant, True Street lets competitors enjoy the thrill of drag
racing in a safe environment. Read More “2020 TREMEC Stick Shift Shootout”