great responses guys i appreciate it.
I am having a hard time seeing a 1 second gain from just switching. Is the gain (and no offense to anyone) because you cant drive a stick so hot? or is it from the tranny being that much better? I dont see a tranny that only shifts a fraction of a second faster being a reason to pick up a second... correct me if im wrong.
There are a few reasons people pick up with the auto.
#1. People can not drive a stick as well as they think they can. Your leaving something on the table.
#2 Torque converters can be built to actually multiply torque. So you are putting more torque to the tires.
#3 It is usually a softer launch and better gearing for a auto. Hooking better and being able to load the turbo makes a world of difference.
#4 Leaving off a trans brake with more boost = more power to leave off the line with.
Now other good reasons why an automatic is a good idea is no clutch to worry about replacing or slipping. No worry of a twin disc clutch snapping your input shaft. No shifting problems due to syncros getting in the way. Faster shifts. One less shift. Easier to drive. Easier to hook. I could go on too.
If you think a auto in a turbo car is boring you have never been in a car that makes a lot of power. Around here people I know are switching to the AOD and 4R70W like crazy. They see cars around here picking up a lot of ET and making life easier on themselves.
You can build a AOD or 4R70w in your garage with basic tools. There is a lot of info out there on what parts to look for. Even where the average Joe can buy the parts at wholesale prices. The VB
and converter will cost you some money for good units. But what would a twin disc clutch set up cost you? And face plating your TKO when it doesn't shift under a lot of power? Then your driving around with a retarded clutch and face plated trans clunking loudly every where. Been there done that. I will pick an auto any day of the week.
Search this, the drag race and superchargers forums for auto debates.