Anonymous asked in Cars & TransportationMaintenance & Repairs · 2 months ago

Is it bad to launch in second gear?

Let’s suppose for example you have a car with worn synchros that take a little longer to shift. It is a cross plane crank v8 with good torque low. Despite the significant wear on the clutch, would launching in second likely save any time during acceleration? Say in an emergency launch from stopped

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  • Andy
    Lv 4
    2 months ago

    Launching in second gear would require more clutch-slipping (and wear on the clutch) than starting in first gear.  Also the second gear start will likely cause the engine to bog down a bit with slower acceleration up to about 30mph than if you started in first and shifted normally.

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Why yes. Yes, of course. You would only have to skip third & go directly into fourth. Who needs all of those gears, anyway? And if you need to stop, really quick, just snap it into reverse.

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  • 2 months ago

    Launching in 2nd loses time in acceleration rather than saves it.

    WTF is an "emergency launch"?  

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