Hi everyone, I'm a long-time reader, but new poster. Anyways, here's my question (and yes I've looked around before asking it).
I just picked up my '05 WRX a few weeks ago and am more than in love with the thing. I park it outside of my window at work to stare at it all day!
On to the question:
Since I learned to drive manual transmission 9 years ago, I have always done the following coming into a turn that I am not stopping at: got on the brake some, pushed in the clutch, downshifted, and then let off the clutch while still on the brake (giving it no gas), letting the engine smooth out the deceleration around the corner.
Recently I was driving with a friend of mine who knows a hell of a lot more about cars than I do, he's a mechanical engineer afterall, and he said that it was completely incorrect to do that type of downshifting without rev-matching. Now as I understand it, if I could successfully heel-toe, this would not be an issue, but I'm just too clumsy to make that an everyday driving technique.
So. Could I please get some experienced opinions on:
1.) Is downshifting in the manner I described above really that bad for the car?
2.) Am I technically supposed to use the brakes all the way up to the turn harder than normal, let off the brakes just as I enter the turn, downshift while off the brakes and using gas to rev-match some, then use the brakes to further slow down around the turn after I've downshifted (with gas)? (this seems retarded to essentially stop decelerating and momentarily accelerate).
3.) If both 1 and 2 are incorrect, what is the proper shifting/braking technique for slowing down around a corner (especially a downhill turn).
Thanks for any opinions/advice!