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This Guy Heel/Toes Like a Boss On the Nurburgring

Onboard video shows the heel/toe downshifting technique

3y ago

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!


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Comments (27)

  • The shoes..... You're not Senna mate xD

      3 years ago
  • No need to learn it i do it on the way to work.

      3 years ago
  • not so easy to do when you wear size 12 shoes (45 euro)

      3 years ago
    • and of course the rest of the body that goes along.. it has always been a very uncomfortable experience

        3 years ago
    • 47 here. On a smallish coupe. I constantly bump my knees into the steering column

        3 years ago
  • Is this basically double clutching, like we used to do with the old truck crash boxes?

      3 years ago
    • The same sort of principle with bringing the revs ups to change down

        3 years ago
  • This is art. Too bad my Jetta's gas pedal sits so far back.

      3 years ago