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pekwah1

posted on 19/9/18 at 06:20 PM Reply With Quote
Heel and toe

Hi guys,

So Iíve been thinking about heel and toe, I donít know why but I really struggle on the striker.
The pedals are obviously close together, so I have to wear small shoes, so canít really cheat with the side of my foot, but just donít feel like I can get any decent technique that works.

Whoís been able to heel and toe on their kit and any real world advice?

Thanks
Andy

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AdamR20

posted on 19/9/18 at 06:25 PM Reply With Quote
Where does your brake pedal sit in relation to the throttle when you're on full braking?
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rusty nuts

posted on 19/9/18 at 06:27 PM Reply With Quote
I can but I only have small feet
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obfripper

posted on 19/9/18 at 09:12 PM Reply With Quote
I tip my foot at an angle and use the side of my shoe on the accelerator while using the sole on the brake, and rest my heel against the inch box at the end of the footwell as a point of reference.
I have the accelerator level with the other pedals, and it only works with some shoes as they need to flex nicely to give some feel, without having to conscienciously think about foot placement.
I wear size 10's so the right shoes are a necessity in the striker footwell, it's impossible to drive any decent distance (or fast) with workboots or normal trainers.

Dave

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pekwah1

posted on 19/9/18 at 09:28 PM Reply With Quote
Thanks all,

My brake pedal is about level with the throttle pedal when braking, so sits proud when Iím not touching it.
Yes I have to wear puma racing shoes, theyíre the only things my size 10-11 feet fit with!

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sam919

posted on 20/9/18 at 05:42 AM Reply With Quote
I donít think itís a cheat with the side of your foot.?I have size 12 race boots and donít have issues in the Caterham, itís all done with the right hand side of the ball of my foot, but anything goes if you can blip the throttle. Heel and toe was around when you had older motors with large pedals I doubt theyíd call it that now.

There must be some vids on YouTube to give you some ideas on methods used?

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sam919

posted on 20/9/18 at 05:45 AM Reply With Quote
https://youtu.be/kzLjZWrpzmQ
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AdamR20

posted on 20/9/18 at 09:19 AM Reply With Quote
quote:
Originally posted by pekwah1
Thanks all,

My brake pedal is about level with the throttle pedal when braking, so sits proud when Iím not touching it.
Yes I have to wear puma racing shoes, theyíre the only things my size 10-11 feet fit with!


That sounds 'about' right - but 'about right' makes it tricky IME. You need to have the pedal setup spot on when learning or it becomes harder. You need to have confidence you can provide full braking without accidentally prodding the throttle too, but the throttle needs to be right there when you want it.

Personally I hate driving in racing shoes, they give such little feel, but if that's what you need to use because of your huge feet then so be it

Consider adjusting your pedals so the throttle and brake almost overlap - considering what I said above. You can see the extra bit on my throttle here (really old video, not very good technique but you get the idea). Without the extra plate it would be difficult to heel-toe well.





[Edited on 20/9/18 by AdamR20]

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sam919

posted on 20/9/18 at 11:35 AM Reply With Quote
https://youtu.be/kzLjZWrpzmQ
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pekwah1

posted on 21/9/18 at 06:45 AM Reply With Quote
Hi Adam,

Thanks for the pic, yeh thatís my problem is I need tiny shoes to drive the car, but find the gap between brake and throttle to big to use the side of my foot.

Iíll have a play with pedal position

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