Heel-And-Toe Shifting: What It Means, And Why You Should Care

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It is one of the final levels you need to beat to unlock True Enthusiast Power: ...

It is one of the final levels you need to beat to unlock True Enthusiast Power: the heel-toe downshift.

This is the perplexing bit of coordination that, once you perfect it, truly makes you feel like the actual master.

Until then, you are stuck hoping that your quick rev-matching blipshift is enough to do a trick and get you around the corner smoothly. It might—but it also might cause a smell of burning clutch to fill your nose.

Engineering Explained is here to help make sure you are not only pulling off a heel-toe downshift correctly, and also to show you exactly what is going on behind the scenes when you heel-toe downshift.

The heel-toe downshift is the means to slow your car as you enter the corner and get yourself into the proper gear for smooth, fast acceleration out of the turn.

This means you will need to hit the brake, clutch, and gas while also shifting down the gear or two.

Now, I know you don’t have three feet and how do you manage to hit all three pedals at once? Brake with your right foot. And clutch in with your left foot.

With your right foot still on a brake, roll the other half of that foot on to a gas or slide your heel over if the pedals are spaced far apart and blip a throttle to bring the revs up. Now you can downshift properly and keep your vehicle balanced.

Release a brake, apply more throttle, and accelerate away from the turn like the boss. You have just completed the proper heel-toe downshift. Now go find the curvy road and practice that until you can do it smoothly every time.

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