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02-09-2003 03:22 PM #1
can someone break down downshifting for corner ent
For instance.. say you are in 5th down the straight.. upcoming corner requires 3rd. Why are you supposed to hit 4th briefy and not just clutch in at brake point in 5th and heel toe 3rd when speed is correct. Why do you have to hit 4th on the way down?
I am guessing it is so you are always have max tq available with drive line engaged while coming up on the corner. But I don't see why.. maybe in case you needed power to avoid a crash? Or is it about engine braking?
02-09-2003 10:30 PM #2
02-10-2003 02:25 AM #3
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02-10-2003 04:54 AM #4
Re: can someone break down downshifting for corner ent
Good question. Next time you start your car in neutral gear, try putting it into 1st gear. Now, next time you engage 1st gear, enter 2nd gear and then move up into first. You'll feel a much smoother gear selection. Also, as Dan said, you're reducing the chance of selecting the wrong gear.
Again, good question to ask...Helps build a good foundation.
02-10-2003 05:38 PM #5
02-10-2003 05:50 PM #6
02-15-2003 11:57 PM #7
Re: I dont
For what it's worth, I agree. I've heard the arguments that
downshifting through each gear helps give you more practice,
is less likely to cause missed shifts, and so on.
My counter-argument is that doing the direct downshift is
faster, and you have less going on, so you're better able
to concentrate on the corner. You're also reducing the number
of shifts you do, which I think reduces your chances of getting
one wrong. (-:
Still, my experience is that it is essentially a matter of
personal preference -- try both and do what you like.
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