Heel-Toe Downshift [Part.1]

This has nothing to do with the high heel shoes or how to downshift while wearing a pair of high heel shoes. It’s something interesting to learn. Please read.

I presume this technique is very important in performance driving as I believe all AROCKV.MY members could be categorized as “fast drivers”. However, even some of the Bellas are equipped with the Selespeed, the understanding of these techniques is crucial for vehicle dynamics know-how. “Heel-and-toe is a driving technique used mostly in performance driving, although some drivers use it on the road in everyday conditions in the interests of effectiveness. It involves operating the throttle and brake pedals simultaneously with the right foot, while facilitating normal activation of the clutch with the left foot.

It is used when braking and downshifting simultaneously (prior to entering a turn), and allows the driver to “blip” the throttle to raise the engine speed and smoothly engage the lower gear. Heel-toe or heel-and-toe double-declutching is used before entry into a turn while a vehicle is under braking, preparing the transmission to be in the optimal gear to accelerate out of the turn. One benefit of downshifting before entering a turn is to eliminate the jolt to the drive-train, or any other unwanted dynamics. The jolt will not upset the vehicle as badly when going in a straight line, but the same jolt while turning may upset the vehicle enough to cause loss of control if it occurs after the turn has begun.

Another benefit is that “heel-and-toeing” allows you to downshift at the last moment before entering the turn, after you have started braking and the car has slowed, so the engine speed when the lower gear is engaged will not be too high.” From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The heel-toe downshift is a fundamental technique to driving fast through corners. During a heel-toe downshift, you’ll be steering with the right hand, shifting with the left hand, clutching with the left foot, and working both the brake and gas pedals with the right foot — all at exactly the same time. It takes some getting used to, and it takes repetitive practice to become smooth, and have it be second nature.

Safety first, last and Always.