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      06-15-2013, 02:35 PM   #126
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Originally Posted by Mangler View Post
Pretty much what I said. Shift when the next gears acceleration area under the curve is more than staying the the gear you are in. All of this is dependent on shift times.
Not quite.

You said,

Originally Posted by Mangler View Post
Don't you want to change gears so that the gear you go into can accelerate faster than the gear you shifted from?
Although I think I know what you meant this is not correct, when shifting for maximum performance the acceleration after said shift is either equal to that just before the shift or less.

Also, you don't have to worry about area under the curve (which formally is integration, of course) or averaging an area under the curve. Just maximize propulsive force at every single instantaneous point in time. This is a simpler concept.

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