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Where do you shift your R56?

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Old 06-06-2014, 06:15 AM
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Where do you shift your R56?

What rpm do they like to be shifted at when racing?
 
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Old 06-06-2014, 06:48 AM
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Most shift at the top of the torque curve. The ones that don't never seem to keep up.
 
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Old 06-09-2014, 07:37 PM
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I don't drag race, but I am trying to go quick. It depends on the R56 and the gear. The theoretical way to do it is with a torque curve and you have to work out when the added gearing of changing up is less of a disadvantage than falling off the other end of the torque curve.

I have a spreadsheet to do that, and there's also an iPhone ap for it.

In a Cooper, its always advantagous to change up at red line.

In an 08 Cooper-S, red line from first and second, and slightly under redline for the higher gears.

In a 2012 JCW, its red line from first and slightly less with each gear, but the time you change up from 4th its 5900.
 
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Old 06-10-2014, 06:49 AM
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Originally Posted by Btwyx View Post
I don't drag race, but I am trying to go quick. It depends on the R56 and the gear. The theoretical way to do it is with a torque curve and you have to work out when the added gearing of changing up is less of a disadvantage than falling off the other end of the torque curve.

I have a spreadsheet to do that, and there's also an iPhone ap for it.

In a Cooper, its always advantagous to change up at red line.

In an 08 Cooper-S, red line from first and second, and slightly under redline for the higher gears.

In a 2012 JCW, its red line from first and slightly less with each gear, but the time you change up from 4th its 5900.
Great info!! thank you
 
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Old 06-19-2014, 05:53 AM
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Keep in mind if you change too early you will be out of the power band in the next gear. You have to find a compromise.
 
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Old 06-19-2014, 06:36 AM
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On my stock 2006 R53 I would normally shift at around 5500 RPM, this would leave me at about 4500 for the next gear.

If I shifted closer to red line then the next gear would begin around 5500, and the butt-dyno felt like there was less pull starting a gear that high.

So far my R59 feels about the same, but to be honest I haven't pushed this car as hard as the R53.

Each car is different, a little experimentation is needed to figure out what works best for your car.
 
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