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How To Accelerate Faster In Manual Car?

The transmission of a car transmits the engine power to the wheels. It has various gears to do the tasks of speeding up and down. A manual transmission gives more power to the drivers as they are responsible to choose which gears to shift to and when to press or release the clutch pedal. The normal driving procedure is starting the engine and then gradually accelerate the speed. But, how to accelerate faster in manual car? Is it even possible to have a quick acceleration in a stick shift? Let’s find out.

How Do We Drive Under A Normal Condition?

The engine in a manual car idles at around 700 rpm. To start driving, you have to press the clutch pedal with force, engage the first gear, and boost the revs at approximately 2,000 rpm. Then, you have to decrease the rpm by disengaging the clutch slowly. Press the accelerator while you are still releasing the pressure on the clutch. When you downright depress the pedal, it is possible to accelerate as much as you want.

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Having a faster acceleration is possible in manual cars.

How To Accelerate Faster In Manual Car?

You will do it the way you start the car in a normal condition but in a slightly different way. Hold the clutch, move the gear into the first mode, and rev the engine at around 2,000-4,000 rpm. The difference is you will disengage the clutch all on a sudden at this point, not gently, and press the accelerator.

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The more the rpm, the more power the engine will deliver and you can release the clutch faster. You should rev until 6,000 (given that your car and engine allow it) to accelerate even faster.

Once you set the vehicle in motion, the rest of the part is easier. Go full throttle until the rev meter almost touches the red zone. At this stage, you will have to do two things side by side – taking the pressure off the accelerator and pressing the clutch pedal.

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The technique is for faster acceleration, not for faster gear change.

Now, you can change the gear. You should use all the gears in a row for a faster acceleration because all the stick shift cars accelerate quicker in second than in third gear. Don’t forget to depress the clutch and stomp the accelerator after changing the gear.

This is the technique for the fastest acceleration in a manual car, but not the fastest way to shift.

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The Problems Of  This Technique

Now you know how to accelerate faster in manual car. But, it is not free of flaws. Driving your car this way will put massive stress on the clutch and wear it out pretty quickly. It can also cause potential damage to the gearbox and drivetrain. Besides, if you are driving a front-wheel drive car, your wheels will slip and tires will screech when you release the clutch pedal too fast. The wheel spin reduces the acceleration by a great margin. It will not only make your launch slower than expected but will also increase the wearing at an excessive rate.

Is It Necessary To Apply This Acceleration Boost?

The real question behind how to accelerate faster in manual car should be: “Are you an expert driver?” or “How confident do you feel of controlling car speed and of your sharp sense of your car size?”.

The aforementioned technique for how to accelerate faster in manual car is in fact applied mostly by race driver, who have sheer experience in driving in competition at high speed, and safely of course. This technique help racers to gain an initial advantage at a start of a race, to boost the speed to the top as soon as the signal is given. Moreover, when applying this technique, racers even give no care for wear and tear of the clutch pedal, the engine power and the drivetrain as long as they can win on the race road, because if they win, they can just replace for a new mechanical part.

Some may say professional drivers who are not racers can still do this technique in a manual car with ease and safety. Well, that’s quite true that due to their profession, they gradually develop a suitable strategy to apply this technique in the common streets for two following reasons:

  •  To start moving the car quickly to the necessary speed after the light turns green
  • To jockey for position over 2-4 other cars at a traffic bottleneck

Therefore, mastering faster manual transmission to a certain safe level of normal driving on normal roads is extremely beneficial but it require drivers to intensively practice and fully understand their car. An effective practice exercise is to accelerate in front of a soft collapsible standing pole without touching it or pushing it away. Finally, after getting familiar with the pattern, you would be given much more confidence when it comes to how to accelerate faster in manual car.

8 Comments
  1. winter says

    How can you start amanual car on ahill without it moving backwards..

    1. Dan says

      You can use the hand-brake… and release it as your car wants to move
      And if you don’t like using the hand-brake , this is the more common way to start moving :
      (practice this before using in the real situation 😀 .. )
      Hold the clutch , remove the pressure very slowly , you will reach a point where your car starts moving (when you’re on a straight road) and this prevents your car to go backwards when on a hill , then accelerate forward 😉 .. ez

  2. Mwendoi mwendoi says

    Good lesson.

  3. Samuel wachira njine says

    Good lesson to understand the operation of the engine

  4. Dave says

    Nice one

  5. Amos bugiri says

    Why do my car flashes a4wD signal on a dash board on and off and makes some noise when on or off in a manual car .And are the risks associated?

  6. Jet says

    Can we dump the clutch on 2nd gear and upward like we did on the 1st gear to accelerate quickly?

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