No offense meant to the auto enthusiasts out there, but my brothers opinion is naive due to his lack of true understanding and the fact that he is repeating what a friend told him. Thanks for the reply Raptor but there are a few things I would love to ask.
1. Manual's generally have more gears, hence a higher ratio for 1st gear giving more launch, that why those rice cars are so quick.
2. Not sure, but the torque converter would only be a fraction of a second, while they might have that extra second, I believe that an experienced manual driver doesn't lose that much ground.
3. Its nice to put your foot on the brake and accelerator to give more launch with a stall converter, but is it practical or even safe for car not on the darg strip?
4. I acknowledge that the auto's change faster than the manual, but isn't power being diverted from the engine and drive train into the torque converter, losing some of the power. Also isn't the auto heavier.
Dan, do you live in Ringwood?
I have something to say, its better to burn-out, than to fade away