For the most part, driving a car is a pretty simple task. It doesn’t take much noggin horsepower to figure out that “P” on an automatic gear selector stops the vehicle from moving while “D” makes it go. Now, the jury is still out on whether “R” reverses direction or enters you into race mode. Now, what if your shift pattern looks like PNHLR?
Currently, automakers love trying out different funky ways to permit or cease a vehicle’s movement. For example, the Volkswagen ID.4 uses a rotary dial where rotating forward gets you going forward while rotating it backward eventually gets you rolling in reverse. Park is a side button! Tesla is even playing around with predictive shifting called “Auto Shift out of Park,” where the car determines if you need to go forward or reverse and does all of the work for you.
Variations on how to shift an automatic transmission have been around for decades. Recently, Jason showed us the crazy ideas of the Hurst Dual Gate and Hurst Lightning Rods. Today, Thomas showed us the first automatic transmissions that you could slide into the Park position. One of the transmissions was the Packard Ultramatic of the late 1940s and early 1950s, which has a PNHLR shift pattern.
Of course, our readers were reminded of one famous scene from the Simpsons, from COTD winner Lilac Zier:
“As for the shift pattern on this bad boy, how does PNHLR sound?”
My brain, immediately: PUT IT IN H!!!
It was even on TXJeepGuy’s mind:
Put it in H!
Of course, you scallywags couldn’t get through the article without some amusing puns, too. I see you, Canopysaurus:
This article casts a pawl over the history of auto transmissions. I like it.
I’m just going to park myself here and watch the pun replies come in.
I’d remain neutral on the subject if I hadn’t had some “fun” in the past (see above)
Have a great evening, everyone!
(Top image: Fox)