Aug 20, 2012
But This Goes To Eleven
The above bit of automotive pornography is Bossy’s manual gear shift in her new Mini Cooper.
Perhaps Bossy should back up. And see how Bossy did that? Inserted a car pun right here in the middle of her car post? Anyway. Bossy recently purchased a Mini Cooper to ease the fuel expense of her very long work commute, which is uphill both ways in a snow laden heatwave.
Bossy’s Mini Cooper is truly a dream, especially if your dream involves the desire to crawl on all fours down the middle of a busy highway. And so far everything is just as Bossy imagined it would be when deciding to sell her very functional Honda CRV and purchase a car with all of the functionality of an opera clutch:
And speaking of clutch, finally we come to the point of Bossy’s post! You see, Bossy’s manual gears go to six!
When Bossy learned to drive, her parent’s Citroen featured four speeds on a gear shift attached to the steering column:
And then Bossy graduated to five gears, which is like four gears but better because it goes to five.
These days Bossy admits to being flummoxed about how to spell flummoxed. And when she’s done with that, she’s flummoxed about how she should use her sixth gear to best advantage. So Bossy looked it up on a little tool she likes to call Big Fat Google.
It turns out gear ratios selectable by locking gear pairs to the output shaft is a very complicated topic. But as far as Bossy is concerned, this remains the takeaway: