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Heel and Toe Downshift

Edmunds.comEdmunds.com Posts: 10,112
edited September 2014 in General

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Heel and Toe Downshift article on Edmunds.com

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Comments

  • Never heard about this.. i usually slowdown first and while turn step on the clutch, change gear and accelerate while slowing let go off the clutch.
  • thank you for posting this. ive been trying to understand heel & toe properly before practicing it, and i think this has made everything click for me. im practicing it now and my heel toeing is getting much better :) thanks again
  • glam1glam1 Posts: 8
    Very useful information. Thanks.
  • One of my proudest accomplishments was learning to heel-and-toe AND double-clutch simultaneously. Completely useless in the late-model Camaro (6-speed Tremec T66 gearbox with B&M shifter) where I performed it regularly, but that car had a good pedal setup, making it fairly easy after some practice—and after finding the right shoes.
  • Here and in another "shifting" article, twice described as "using the clutch to slow the car" is really "free wheeling", a dangerous practice at best, in which no gears are engaged and only the car's brakes can be used to slow and/or stop the vehicle. If one employs this bad habit, a brake failure means that very bad things will occur. Cornering with the clutch depressed is absurd. Downshifting, something I learned when my father taught me to drive on a column shifter, was and is always accompanied by a little kick or tap on the accelerator just prior to engaging the clutch. I just makes sense to match the RPMs to the proper gear. I've always owned manual transmission cars and have never had any clutch work done on my cars - this dates from 1967 to the present. Why a term, "heel and toe" has to be invented for drivers is beyond my comprehension. Just downshift properly, and that's all, folks.
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