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Heel-and-toe versus clutchless shifting

Kamil Kaluski February 16, 2017 All Things Hoon 5 Comments

Watch the pros from the Team O’Neil Rally School explain how you should be shifting while hooning. Don’t feel bad if you still get properly heel-and-toe, it isn’t easy, and as the video explains there are several ways of doing it. Practice makes perfect. 

Shifting without a clutch is not so much difficult as it may cause damage to the transmission if not done right. I have tired it many times with mixed results and I always kept my foot over the clutch pedal just in case. Wyatt Knox, the guy in the video who I have met while hooning the Challenger GT, makes it look easy, perhaps too easy. 

  • wunno sev

    damage the transmission he appears not to have done, but look at the way he’s tugging on the lever to get it into second. he’s making the synchros do much more work than if he was rev-matched and declutched.

    not saying this is transmission instadeath, but unless you’re on a rally stage with a broken clutch line, it seems like a party trick.

    • outback_ute

      I’m also not a fan of clutchless shifting in synchro gearboxes for the reason you say. The synchros actually get in the way of clean clutchless shifts IMO. Save it for dog boxes or non-synchronised crash boxes.

  • Lokki

    Any way you move your feet or don’t, fast shifting is all about knowing your engine and gear ratios well enough to rev match. I never liked gear jamming; it’s like drifting around curves. The kids do it cause it looks cool but it’s not the fast way around the track. Except perhaps for drag racing where hundredths of a second count, where’s the advantage in speed shifting?

    • Alff

      None of the above may apply to postage stamp sized footboxes and synchros made from offcuts of Penne Rigate. Also … dem boots.

  • Batshitbox

    You need to be very light on the brakes while in neutral or the wheels lock up, right? Makes it hard to match the revs to the gear when the output shaft isn’t moving.





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