That is cool, but it was the ability to literally do a knife through butter damage to the models. Sorta like the original Red Faction except on a much more refined scale. Carve off engines, drill holes through the ship, etc.
Now if they had some sort of option like that for Bridge Commander.... oi vey I'd be a happy shit.
Using a steering wheel on a Burnout game is like using the Space Shuttle controls to fly a kite.