Lexus is considering a virtual manual transmission for an electric car

“It’s kind of my hobby, a crazy thing. I look for a better connection with the driver in cars, even in an electric car. It’s not just about efficiency. I love cars and I want something different,” Sato said, adding that Lexus is experimenting with a kind of software simulation of a manual transmission.

According to Top Gear, this is happening as part of the development of a serial version of the electric supersport, which will be based on a concept called Electrified Sports. The spiritual successor of the LFA model is to be presented in a production version by 2030.

If it does get the aforementioned virtual manual transmission, it should be a classic stick, possibly with a clutch pedal. However, these elements should not have a physical connection with anything mechanical, everything would be controlled by software, which would limit or unlock the power and torque of the electric motor according to the virtual revolutions.

The overwhelming majority of current electric cars have one transmission, which is enough for electric motors with maximum torque basically from zero revolutions. For example, the Porsche Taycan has a two-stage transmission on one of the electric motors for higher speeds.

Of course, the electric motor can also be paired with a classic mechanical manual transmission, as shown for example by the old Skoda Favorit Eltra prototype or the 2019 Ford Mustang Lithiuk EV concept, but due to the specific performance of electric motors, such a solution makes no sense.

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