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post #5 of (permalink) Old 3rd February 2009
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the technique described is correct, it dates back to gearboxes which did not have the lovely synchro we have now and is most useful when downshifting.

It is often still used in competition to ease down shifts and when done properly is a marvel.

Some mechanics will tell you that to do this with a modern clutch, along with other driving techniques like engine braking, will damage the clutch. You will have been taught block shifting and braking to a halt then handbrake and neutral (trained as a driving instructor) rather than downshifting and engine braking like some of us older folk.

I had a Rover TDI some years back and used to heel/toe round corners to keep the Turbo spinning!!! A mare on fuel, but it was a slug otherwise.
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