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Old 10-23-2000, 09:20 PM   #1
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Question Left-foot breaking technique - paging ColinL

ColinL (and other experienced autocrossers),

Your advise on heal-toe downshifting has helped me quite a lot on the street (I don't use it much at the auto-X), but I'd like to hear about your technique for left-foot breaking. Yeah, I know... use your left foot to hit the break.

Any specific tips, tricks, or techniques?

-Red
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Old 10-23-2000, 09:24 PM   #2
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practice practice practice!!!
thats the only advice i can give you. but once you get it right your gonna allways do it that way
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Old 10-24-2000, 07:44 AM   #3
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Uh, I consider myself a long ways from qualified to help you on this one. The driver is definitely the slowest part of my car...

Practice left foot braking on the street, in low to non-existent traffic. Expect to stall a few times when coming to a stop and you don't realize that your left foot is on the brake and not clutch. Expect to stomp the brake instead of clutch a few times when autocrossing.

Other than that, there is nothing to be learned that practice alone can teach. Oh, and I would not recommend clutchless downshifts on a stock tranny no matter how good you get at left foot braking.
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Old 10-24-2000, 08:22 AM   #4
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The driver is definitely the slowest part of my car...
-Mine too, but he's getting faster.

Thanks for the feedback. I'll work on it. After 20 years of conditioning, it just feels wrong. Heel-toe at least felt right, but it was hard to do. My left foot doesn't want to go near the break. Grrrrr... stupid foot.

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Old 10-24-2000, 08:23 AM   #5
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How do professional race car drivers with 3 pedaled cars drive? I agree left foot braking will provide faster reaction times and can give the car more balance thru the slalom, but is it an autox-only thing because you don't really need to worry about gear changing?
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Old 10-24-2000, 08:29 AM   #6
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I'm going to check for you guys, but I'm pretty sure RenMaxi knows the website where LFB is explained...
I learned how to do it in a kart...
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Old 10-24-2000, 08:34 AM   #7
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http://www.drivingtechniques.co.uk/ explains all you need to know
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Old 10-26-2000, 09:21 PM   #8
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Thanks for the URL. Good site, although they don't really say a whole lot about left-foot breaking. I think I mostly get it, but it will take a lot of practice.

Thanks again,

-Red
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