It’s been a long-running joke on BBC’s Top Gear, that the manual handbrake is a young man’s primary tool for wooing women. A well-executed handbrake turn, they would insist, could turn any woman on. Now, though, over two-thirds of cars are available with only electronic substitutes.
This information comes to us courtesy of a CarGurus inventory study. Analyzing all the models in their inventory, they found the number to be less than thirty percent of vehicles to be equipped with an “E”-handle.
Now, do we expect the new Cullinan to have an enormous manual handbrake sticking out of the center console? No. However, sliding around empty parking lots and causing trouble has long been a pastime of the young and stupid in non-Cullinan tier cars. That may now be a thing of the past.
While some of us may be sentimental, we can’t deny the ease of the new system. I wouldn’t expect my mother to be doing wicked “E”-brake spins and J-turns in the parking lot. I would expect her to set off without disengaging it, though. This is not a problem with electronic alternatives. Furthermore, they’re more native to the ever-evolving CPU’s running most models anyway.
This is a call, then, to automotive companies concerned with everyman: don’t let the manual handbrake go the way of the Dodo bird. Keep hope alive, and let teenage boys around the world have one last chance at seduction.