Originally Posted by Squawks
Maybe they should pull off an SMG tranny WITH the clutch - so that people who want to enable the traditional manual method can...or if they want the true-SMG type, they can disable the clutch and use it as a footrest.
I'm going to patent that idea.
F1 cars used to have "semi manual" 'boxes like that, and IIRC a lot of old racing squential boxes worked in a similar fashion. It was difficult to operate even for racing drivers. The technology lived until late 90's, when the clutchless manual gearboxes were born.
I also agree that SMG's failure in America is a marketing mistake.