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Rally drivers short-shifting

Discussion in 'Motoring' started by HMHB, Sep 24, 2005.

  1. HMHB

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    I heard one of the commentators saying that the drivers were short-shifting out of the corners on a particular stage of a rally, anyone know what is meant by this ?
     
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    Thanks, that explains it nicely, just got to work out if I could make use of this in Colin McRae Rally on the PC now :)
     
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    although i didnt see it, id imagine they were doing this to preserve the engine slightly, like in F1 now they have to go 2 races they often short-shift.
     
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    They will do it to reduce wheel spin/increase traction on a slippery surface... The power of the engine is less of an issue on a WRC car, it never seems to have the same effect with my Renault Scenic :suicide: ...
     
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    It's a normal off-roading technique although when approaching an obstacle in a 4x4 you wouldn't change gear on-the-fly. It's quite possible to provide too much power to the wheels which will cause them to spin on the spot on a surface with low traction.

    Driving techniques off the road are very different to those on-road and I'd definitely recommend it to anyone who wants to have a better idea of car control and a bit of fun. :)
     
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    You should & probably do it in your own car without realising it.

    A couple of examples.

    If you accelerate firmly, but there is a car infront, when you have matched speed with it, you short shift to a higher gear for passenger comfort & mechanical sympathy.

    When you accelerate towards a more open bend & you are going to reach the bend shortly before red line revs or maximum power, you may take the gear before reaching the bend & a little early in rev range, so that you don't have to take it midbend potentially destabilising the car.
     
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    off road driving course was a good crack, the best trick it taught me is to keep my damn foot off the clutch unless i was using it!
     
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    Exactly the same here, it makes you look at vehicle control in a completely different way. :smashin:
     

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