Changing Gear

Every engine has a sweet spot where its pulling power, or torque, is maximized...

Changing Gear

The perfect gear change is no less satisfying than a perfectly boiled egg, and just as regularly scrambled. Running roughshod through the gears sends shockwaves through the transmission to the wheels, where it creates unregulated weight transfers and can even cause the tyres to skid.

For simple forward motion, or if you’re about to get T-boned, you can change gear any way you like, but I’m hoping to teach you to turn off your lunacy switch and lay down some smooth moves.

Every engine has a sweet spot where its pulling power, or torque, is maximized. In the dead zone at 1,500rpm it has little to offer, but at peak revs the engine runs out of breath, so your aim is to keep the revs somewhere in between so the engine can pull you out of the corner. Listen carefully to the engine and feel the power underfoot you can develop a keen sense of your speed.

Always try to select the appropriate gear for the corner before you get to it. Mid-corner shifts are far more likely to get fumbled.