September 2006




I will have a 3-day business trip to Quebec city for “Le Salon industriel de Québec”  (Oct 3, 4, 5). You will see me there. Anyone who wants “visit” me please let me know before Sep 15 so that I can send you invitation card.

Heel-and-toe shifting lets a driver downshift smoothly and quickly (to increase rpm) while simultaneously braking (to shift the car’s weight forward). The goal of this shifting technique is to maintain equilibrium between engine speed and wheel speed so the drivetrain doesn’t jolt while downshifting. To heel-and-toe downshift while your right foot is on the brake, you depress the clutch with your left foot, shift to neutral and release the clutch. Then, keeping the ball of your right foot on the brake, you move your right heel to the gas pedal and rev the engine until the rpm matches up with wheel speed (usually an increase of about 1,500 rpm per one-gear downshift). Once you reach the proper rpm, you get off the gas pedal, still applying the brake, push in the clutch again and downshift. Practice as much as you can until you can execute proper race-style shifting naturally, then you’re ready to master some drifting techniques:

  • Brake-based techniques:
    • Braking drift
    • E-brake drift
    • Long Slide drift
  • Clutch-based techniques:
    • Clutch-kick drift
    • Shift-lock drift
  • Other techniques:
    • Power-over drift
    • Feint drift
    • Jump drift
    • Dynamic drift (Kansei Drift)
    • Swaying drift (Manji Drift)
    • Dirt drop drift