Is this the end of the manual handbrake?
30% of new cars today are made with manual handbrakes, and that number is decreasing
If there was one thing we all had to admit to doing at some or another in a car, whether alone, with friends or that time you were trying to impress a partner; it would be a handbrake turn. A short time ago Jeremy Clarkson himself was discussing whether it was attractive to women when men come into a corner and yank on the handbrake and i'm pretty sure his research suggested it was.
A handbrake turn is almost an essential manoeuvre for a young driver because it looks and feels cool, finally we get to try and recreate what we have seen in the movies even know we have advised against it. Yes, maybe some of us have pulled rather ambitious handbrake turns resulting in a few bumps in the car; but that's all character building stuff.
But all of this could be under threat. With new cars being pumped out every day more and more manufacturers are opting for a slightly more sophisticated electric handbrake.
In fact, 70% of new cars today are made without a manual handbrake and with no option to have one. Some of the biggest car makers such as Mercedes, Porsche and Jaguar have binned the mechanical handbrake across their entire lineup which means it's electric handbrake or nothing.
Part of the reason to ditch the old manual handbrake is most likely due to safety and the fact that it comes as a smaller package, but are we really ready to say goodbye?
It would seem that continuing on this route will lead to the youngsters of tomorrow growing up and learning how to drive without mastering the art of a perfect handbrake turn. This is possibly quite a good thing in terms of safety, but what do you think?