2010 Mazdaspeed 3: Trigger Pull
March 09, 2010
In this animation, you'll see where I place the friction zone in the travel of the clutch pedal. Before the plates begin to grab, there's a bit too much travel and effort for my tastes. I liken it to a pistol trigger with a heavy spring and lots of freeplay - a double-action revolver, for those who have done any plinking.
Here is the clutch action in one of the cars I think got it right - a Lotus Elise. Yes, I know, I'm biased, but several professional drivers have commented on how this particular clutch just seems perfect. There's not as much travel before the initial bite, and the friction zone is much wider.
Does anyone out there prefer the setup in the Mazdaspeed 3 over the typical clutch profiles?
Mark Takahashi, Associate Editor @ 8,720 miles