I was defeated by....a beetle!!
I was on my way home today and I started from a red light. I have a little problem with 1-2 so I always release my clutch a little slower to make my shifting smooth. the beetle was behind me and he seemed was not happy with my slow 1-2 so he decied to get in front of me.
he changed to the right lane (we were both in left), and accelerating. I heard the sound from the beetle's engine and I did not want to let him get ahead of me, so I floor the gas. By the time I floor the gas I was in gear 3 and I rev to 4500 and he cut me off so I had to slow down.
should I downshift to 2 to win the race? it needs about 2 seconds for me to downshift and he was really fast. I am sure that was not a turbo beetle, just a regular one. my car is Mazda 3 S with stick shift. I checked the beetle's specification and see the Horsepower of both cars are pretty much the same but the beetle's torque is more than my 3, is that the reason?