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This Guy Heel Toes Like A Boss On The Nurburghring

I love driving and I consider myself a pretty decent driver, but I will always watch instructional videos whether or not it’s a new technique or something I already know how to do. Case in point, heel/toe downshifting, which Wouter Bollen shows off beautifully in this video he took of his e36 325i.

For those that aren’t familiar with the concept, heel/toe downshifting is an excellent method that allows you to maximize your speed coming out of a turn (it also helps with wear and tear on the vehicle) The steps are simple:

– begin braking

– clutch in

– while still applying pressure on the brake, blip the throttle with the outer edge or heel of that same foot to raise the RPMs

– downshift

– clutch out

– proceed

It’s a pretty complicated technique to master but as with anything, practice and you’ll be fine. I should point out that not all cars have a brake and throttle spaced perfectly for heel/toe shifting. My Mustang, for instance, is terrible for that. In fact, I had to replace the throttle pedal with a wider aftermarket one just to be able to heel/toe comfrotably.

Enjoy the video!

Tony Hsieh

Cars, the Buffalo Bills, video games, comics, sandwiches, jelly beans, and the shooting star press; these are the things that Tony loves (in addition to his family, of course). When he's not spending his time writing tech reviews for, Tony puts his lifetime love of muscle cars to use on his 2015 Mustang GT. Tony's top three favorite cars are the 1973 Mustang Mach 1, Ferrari 458, and Aston Martin DBS.

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