Alex Zanardi's World Touring Car Championship race win at Oschersleben August 28th was a fantastic achievement by a remarkable man. But it also highlights the potential for alternative driver-car interface designs.
When you think about it, the vehicle control interface for the driver evolved little from the time designers worked out the clutch/brake/throttle pedal placement issue and the introduction of paddle shifters. Zanardi's BMW shows that not only is it possible to drive a car differently, but that it is possible to race and win, at the professional level, with a different approach.
Interestingly, BMW reports that the fly-by-wire throttle originally used in Zanardi's BMW has been replaced by a new mechanical linkage. It seems that the aerospace solution just wasn't quick enough.