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Posted by Jim on February 04, 2001 at 11:21:46:

In Reply to: No need for heel toe on street... posted by 974dM3 on February 04, 2001 at 05:59:26:

I think that street use depends on experience. If you're saying not to learn how to on the street, I'd agree. This technique is best used on the track as described above but once you're comfortable and if you set up your pedals properly, it should work well on the street. It's a matter of skill level. I know many who do simply out of habit. I believe the issue I mentioned was a quick stop. I agree that you need to stop without breaking the rear wheels loose. To relese the clutch slowly in an urgent moment is a difficult maneuver. The brain has to over-ride the limbic system. Obviously, H/T allows you to do that by matching RPM's to wheel speed and braking hard at the same time. As you point out, the racing application is different. I apologize for splitting hairs on this one but I'm a bit grumpy this moring...too much gray and too much snow for too long.


if down shifting while braking the wheels only stop abruptly only if you're releasing to clutch too quickly. Ease it out and let the engine do help slow the car, then by the time your in the turn the clutch will be completely released and you are in the proper gear to exit the turn.

On the track, heel toe allows you to be on the gas instantly after releasing the brake. Gives you a slight edge exiting a turn over someone who does not heel toe. Using this technique on the street will only get you in a wreck...






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