In the latest Criterion Games podcast (CrashFM), the developers revealed that the new Burnout game will lose the "AfterTouch" feature. The feature was available in the last game, in which you could control the wrecked car and use the feature to "Takedown" one of your rivals.
The reason given was because the developers believed the feature slowed down the pace of the game
They also answer many other user emails about the game. You can also check out the archives for other episodes where they answer questions also.