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What is it ???

It's a performance-oriented technique of down-shifting while braking that requires the driver to use all three pedals of a Manual-Transmission car simultaneously.

To perform a heel-and-toe downshift, the driver brakes with the toe of his right foot and: while continuing to brake: uses the heel or the side of the same foot to blip the throttle and raise engine rpm as he downshifts.

The left foot operates the clutch pedal in the normal fashion. The sequence is as follows: brake with the right toe; depress the clutch with the left foot; shift to neutral; while continuing to brake, blip the throttle with the side or the heel of the right foot to raise rpm; shift to a lower gear; let the clutch out; release the brakes. The technique is difficult to master, but after practice it can be performed in less than a second.

This process is best for smooth power flow and long transmission life.

How to do it ???

Here is a step-by-step guide on how to heel-and-toe downshift.
It will explain how to shift from fourth gear to third gear, though the technique will work for any downshift.


1. Begin braking for the corner with your right foot. The location of the pedals and the size of your foot will dictate where you position your foot on the pedal, but most likely it should be canted a little to the right, closer to the throttle pedal.


2. Push in the clutch with your left foot.


3. This is the hard part. With your right foot still applying pressure to the brakes, roll the outside edge of your foot outward and downward to touch the throttle pedal. Use the outside of your right foot to blip the throttle ( blipping the throttle means temporarily raising the engine rpms to match the wheel speed) The exact amount of revs needed is dependent on a variety of factors, but it is usually between 1,000 rpm to 2,000 rpm more than the current engine rpm for a one-gear downshift.


4. Move the shifter to third gear.


5. Release the clutch with your left foot.

Enjoy !
 

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<span style="color:darkblue">Nicely done if you wrote it. Good find it you didn't.

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There's an entire article about this in one of the latest SportsZ magazines. Pick it up if you can!
 

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Great vid!
 

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good vid and writeup
with the way the Z pedals are i cant actually "heel" it, but rather roll the side of my foot to the gas like mentioned above
 

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Originally posted by Hazade@Oct 21 2004, 11:06 AM
good vid and writeup
with the way the Z pedals are i cant actually "heel" it, but rather roll the side of my foot to the gas like mentioned above

Your right:

The Z's pedals seem to favor putting half your right foot on the brake, and kinda smacking the gas with the right half side of your foot.. without using the heel at all.
 

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Nice writeup and video. With my size 12's I find that I need to put my right foot pretty high up on the brake in order to pivot my heel over to the gas.
 

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Man, I've got average (9) size feet, and I have no problems whatsoever hitting the gas when my foot's on the break. I don't heel/toe it, but rather just roll my ankle a little and hit it with the other side of my foot.
 

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i roll my foot over... it really depends on what kind of car and feel it has.
 

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Originally posted by illz33@Jul 14 2005, 04:53 PM

just use the right half of your foot to "roll" over.

in the old days.. you could actually use your heel.  But it's **** near impossible to do it comfortably today.  Just use half of your foot on the brake and the other half on the gas.

practice practice.
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It also really depends on the shoes your wearing, I think it is very important to buy a set a of driving shoes that are thin soled and flexible to give you lots of feel otherwise it is very easy to over brake or over gas. I have a size 11 shoe but I angle my foot with my toe pointing to 10 o'clock and this seems to help alot.
 

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yeah..i keep tryin to heeltoe but the Z pedals are just too **** close together..and the shape is off. ahhh! lol. plus my foot doesnt fit in there when i try to heeltoe.
 

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Originally posted by fillup@Jul 15 2005, 09:27 AM
It also really depends on the shoes your wearing, I think it is very important to buy a set a of driving shoes that are thin soled and flexible to give you lots of feel otherwise it is very easy to over brake or over gas.  I have a size 11 shoe but I angle my foot with my toe pointing to 10 o'clock and this seems to help alot.
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Very true.. some shoes are better (wider) than others..

But the pedals in the Z are wonderfuly placed.. I can heel-toe with adidas flip flops on or in my bare feet. :)
 

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I find this heel/toe thing hard to do. I always just roll my foot and keep the heel on the floor. It works very well for me.
 

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Originally posted by SmoothZ@Jul 19 2005, 11:20 AM
I find this heel/toe thing hard to do.  I always just roll my foot and keep the heel on the floor.  It works very well for me.
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That's what you should do.. It's very hard to heel - toe with todays cars. Or that last 40+ years for that matter..

The accelerator doesn't curve underneath the brake slightly like it used to.


Just keep doing what you are doing.. You should have your heel planted anyway.. and primarily covering the brake.. pivoting to the accelerator.
 
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