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      02-19-2012, 01:26 PM   #13
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Originally Posted by e90pilot View Post
Why yes. I taught myself to heel-toe this way: Frist you need to find out where your feet need to be. Practice the motion while the car is stopped and in neutral. There are two positions for your feet. This first is the traditional or Japanese style. Keep the ball of your foot in the middle of brake pedal. Pivot around the ball of your foot and place your heel on the gas pedal and rev the engine. You should be able to rev it all the way to redline while applying normal brake pressure.

The second position (the one I use) is more for people who can't comfortably swing their heel out or for small pedal boxes like in small open-wheel formula cars. Place half of the ball of your foot on the brake and let the other half hang over the gas pedal. Apply normal brake pressure then roll your foot to the side and rev the engine. Again you should be able to rev it to redline. With this style, it's important not to press the gas and brake at the same time (other than when you want to rev the engine). You might have to move your right knee over to the left as far as possible.

Keep practicing either meathod while the car is stopped so you know where to place your feet. Also practice moving from the gas to the brake to get the motion down. You can also practice pressing the clutch as well. Brake - clutch in - rev - clutch out. Don't worry about shifting just yet.

Next, you need to get used to rev matching without heel-toeing. While coasting in a high gear (3rd for example) downshift to the next gear as you normally would but as you move the shifter through neutral give the engine a rev. Your goal is to figure out how much to rev the engine. Remember, the lower the revs are in the higher gear the smaller the rev gap is to the next lower gear. Practice this several times until you can do it smoothly and quickly withough thinking about it in any gear. (Don't do it into first gear often, it's really hard on the syncro)

Once you get both the foot position and rev matching mastered separately, put the two together. It's way easier to do it this way I think. Keeps the number of things you have to think about to a minimum.
The second method is the exact way I do it as well. I have very narrow feet too, but a size 12 so I can't swivel my foot like the Japanese style without hitting the tunnel.
Practice, practice and practice. Do it while sitting still first. Push the brake pedal down all the way and you'll be able to role your foot over and hit the gas pedal. As you get used to it, you'll be able to do it under less than full braking on the street. The first time I did it with my wife in the car, she said "What the hell was that!?" I laughed!

I taught one of my buddies how to do it the same way. He has it down pat already without any issues.

Also, start to learn how to left foot brake. It helps you balance the car in quick transition areas of the track where you needn't down/up shift.
Swing your left heel over and hit your right foot so you know it's over the brake (otherwise you'll hit the clutch). DO NOT ATTEMPT FOR THE FIRST TIME WITH SOMEONE FOLLOWING YOU ON THE STREET!!!! More than likely you'll go into full braking until your muscles get used to modulating the brakes.

Oh, yes, a pedal extension will help greatly. I do not have it, but a buddy of mine has it and he said heel-toe is MUCH easier. I've been thinking about it myself.
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