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Old 06-19-2012, 10:49 PM   #4
Zewerr
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I've always felt that downshifting back into first in a front wheel drive vehicle with an open differential slows you down. If you can get the inside wheel to spin trying to accelerate out of a corner in second, the being in first is only going to be worse. I find it's only worth it on extremely tight corners (ones that really have no business being on a well designed autocross course). And in an SVT, third is always out of the question, unless the course is ridiculous.
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