wmc4 asked: Why did you guys choose an automatic versus a manual transmission? What were the benefits/disadvantages to either one?
We use an automatic transmission to decrease the mechanical load peaks on the drive train of the Rally Fighter. With 430 horsepower a cushion is needed in between that power and the ground, the torque converter in the automatic transmission provides that cushion.
Most all of the desert Baja type racing trucks use the automatic transmission for the same reason.