Anyone know the answer?
Uh, no, the goal is to keep the engine in rpm band with the most area under the rpm curve. If you shift too low, in the next gear you'll be at too low an rpm and there will not be enough power to accelerate quickly. If you shift too late, you may lose acceleration up top because the power drops off after peak (if you can do this due to rev limiting).
Example: I had an MX-6 which would rev to 7000 rpm, but the peak power was at 5800 rpm. Shifting at 6300 gave the best times, and winding out to 7000 lost too much power. It is a balance to maximize the area under the curve, and to add more confusion, in some cars you need to shift at different rpm in different gears.
Right after I submit this, I'll research the answer!
I think what some are saying here is, you want to upshift at an RPM wherein after you shift, you're in the "meat" of the powerband. (assuming that band is from let's say 4-6k rpms - then you'll have to practice shifting and see at what rpm when you upshift will get you at 4k rpm after you shift.)
Now - off to read the data!
I have driven both 350Z's and Mustangs (of many model years and states of tune). I also have driven manual transmission cars exclusively throughout my driving career.Similar question, but i have to first set up my scene.
So, I am driving in my friends 96 stang v6 3.5l MT. I am still learning, but doing well (if I do say so myself). I was on a back road/highway and I take off. I shift up at about 1-1.5K rpms before redline. That is cool because I hit the powerband and we jerk forward at each shift.
My question is, does the Z have a huge jump comparatively at the powerband? (I know the obvious power and torque advantages of the Zed)
I leave this question open to people who have, or at least driven a similar stang and "upgraded" :shiftdrive:
(By upgrading, I mean drive or own a Z)
Dont flame me for this obviously newbtastic reply, but I am curious.