Definitions for "HEEL-AND-TOE"
Keywords:  downshift, pedal, blip, clutch, brake
A driving technique in which the driver places the left side or the toes of the right foot on the brake pedal and the right side or heel of the right foot on the throttle pedal so as to simultaneously brake and "blip" the throttle for a downshift. This is done to lessen the strain on the drivetrain, particularly the clutch and gearbox, and allows smoother downshifting.
A performance-oriented technique of down-shifting while braking that requires the driver to use all three pedals of a manual-transmission car simultaneously. To perform a heel-and-toe downshift, the driver brakes with the toe of his right foot and: while continuing to brake: uses the heel or the side of the same foot to blip the throttle and raise engine rpm as he downshifts. The left foot operates the clutch pedal in the normal fashion. The sequence is as follows: brake with the right toe; depress the clutch with the left foot; shift to neutral; while continuing to brake, blip the throttle with the side or the heel of the right foot to raise rpm; shift to a lower gear; let the clutch out; release the brakes. The technique is difficult to master, but after practice it can be performed in less than a second. This process is best for smooth power flow and long transmission life.
A driving technique in which the accelerator is operated with the right heel and the brake pedal with the toes of the right foot.