A dying art? Why the mechanical handbrake is on its deathbed
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The reckless handbrake turn will soon become a thing of the past, according to new research.
That's because the majority of manufacturers have already ditched the traditional manual handbrake and replaced it with electronic parking brakes that can't be operated when the car is moving.
The new study revealed that almost two thirds of new models in showrooms today are predominantly now sold with a push-button parking brake - although some of these have proved not all that reliable - or safe - in recent years.
According to a market review by CarGurus — the online car marketplace created by TripAdvisor founder, Langley Steinert — just 37 per cent of new models on sale in the UK today have a manually-operated handbrake.
The majority of these are cheaper small cars.
In fact, the research found that just two mainstream manufacturers - Dacia and Suzuki - have a manual handbrake fitted across their entire range of models, as more brands look to switch to the latest systems.
The demise of the traditional handbrake lever originally started with premium car makers, but electronic parking brakes - and in some cases foot-operated parking brakes - are now common across the board.
The CarGurus investigation found that Audi, Jaguar, Land Rover, Lexus, Mercedes and Porsche no longer have any models on sale fitted with a traditional handbrake.
This is particularly bad news for those who enjoy a handbrake turn, but finding somewhere suitable or safe to do that is rare.
However, while some motorists will be unmoved by the market shift away from manual handbrakes, others will be dubious following a spate of recalls issued for potentially faulty electronic systems.
Volkswagen issued a recall for 134,000 UK cars last year due to an issue with the parking brake, which affected Golf, Touran, Tiguan and Passat models.
And it's not the only brand to experience issues with the technology.
Tesla issued a global recall of 53,000 cars in 2017 for a parking brake problem, and Audi, Renault and Toyota have all been forced to recall models for electronic parking brake problems in the past.
Speaking about the research, Chris Knapman, editor at CarGurus UK, said: 'It's official, the death of the handbrake is coming as manufacturers switch to electronic parking brakes in huge numbers.
'Within the next few years we expect the number of cars on sale with traditional handbrakes to decline further, likely only to be found on a select number of niche models.
'Of course, the benefits can't be ignored, but as the latest technology trickles through manufacturer line-ups, many new drivers might never experience one of the most familiar of automotive features.
'The temptation to attempt flamboyant handbrake turns is soon to be a thing of the past too!'
- Daily Mail