except you cant rotate on the spot in a car... whereas in space it should be absolutely easy what with the no planetary gravity and thrusters and whatnot
Yeah, you can rotate 90 degrees while moving 1000km/h in space, but you'll still be moving 1000km/h, sideways now.
That said, the stupid things ships do is annoying.
What do you mean turned off the Z-axis? I never noticed a change.