Having a transaxle is one of the most reliable signs that a car is cool. At least that’s the theory — and we’re not talking about front-wheel-drive cars here. In this episode, Derek and Jason discuss front-engine, rear-wheel-drive cars that have their transmission mounted in back.
There are only a handful of transaxle sedans ever made, and they’re all cool. There are only slightly more sports cars engineered with this layout. Why? There are benefits (weight distribution) but drawbacks (packaging).
Allegedly overcaffeinated, Jason pulls out Wikipedia’s list of every transaxle car ever made, and then goes on a rant about hating the Porsche 928. Which just allows Derek to go on a rant about how great Lancia was. Only a Carmudgeon could go on a rant about something positive.
But the boys cover them all: the Porsche 924, 944, 968, and 928; Lancia Flaminia, Aston Martin Rapide, Lancia Aurelia, Nissan GT-R, De Deion Bouton, Stutz Bearcat, Bugatti Type 46, Skoda Popular, Pegaso Z102, DAF 600, Pontiac Tempest, Ferrari 275, Ferrari 400, Ferrari 365 GTC/4, Ferrari 330 2+2, Volvo 300-series, Alfa Romeo Alfetta, GTV6, Milano, 75, SZ, and RZ, Panoz Esperante, Plymouth Prowler, Shelby Series 1, Maserati Coupe and Spyder, Alfa Romeo 8C, and of course the Lexus LF-A.
Plus, Jason tries to educate Derek on the Rocky Horror Picture Show.
The Carmudgeon Show is a comedic, information-filled conversation with Jason Cammisa and Derek Tam-Scott, two car enthusiasts who are curmudgeonly beyond their years. Proving you don’t have to be old to be grumpy, they spend each episode talking about what’s wrong with various parts of the automotive universe. Despite their best efforts to keep it negative, they usually wind up laughing, happy, and extolling their love for cars. Which just makes them angrier and more bitter.
Jason Cammisa is an automotive journalist, social-media figure, and TV host with over 250 million views on YouTube alone. Jason’s deeply technical understanding, made possible by a lifelong obsession with cars, allows him to fully digest what’s going on within an automobile — and then put it into simple terms for others to understand. Also, a Master’s Degree in Law trained him to be impossible to argue with.
Derek Tam-Scott still tries. He’s a young automotive expert with old-man taste in cars, and a Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering — which means he knows how to be civil to Jason. Or at least he tries. With a decade and a half’s experience buying, selling, driving and brokering classic and exotic cars, he’s experienced the world’s most iconic cars. And hated most of them.
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