Originally Posted by remowgn
Deciding to shift has almost nothing to do with power... it has to do with time lost from upshifting and downshifting. While the situation is better in the 07+ cars, there are still plenty of sections that put you "in between" gears.
I wasn't talking about the 2nd part of your post. I know that avoiding an upshift can save you time. Even if you can shift in .5 of second that adds up with each corner of each lap. When I tracked my '05 I learned, from other more experienced STI trackers, that you could stay in 3rd for some corners instead of downshifting to 2nd. The shorter geared 6spd had a short enough 3rd that you could still pull hard out of the corners and avoid the upshift.
My point regarding the first part of your post is still valid though..