Not Great for Left-Foot Braking - 2013 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet Long-Term Road Test
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2013 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet Long-Term Road Test

2013 Porsche 911: Not Great for Left-Foot Braking

July 12, 2013

2013 Porsche 911

I like to use my left foot for braking. It feels natural once you get used to it and it's safer. There are plenty of people who will tell you differently, but to each his own.

As you can see, our 911 doesn't exactly accommodate left-foot braking. The brake pedal is clearly cheated over to the right. This obviously makes for easy to swap between the accelerator and the brake pedal with your right foot, but trying to squeeze both feet in there isn't very natural.

Can't really blame Porsche for this one as this is the preferred setup when there's a third pedal jammed in there. Then again, with increasingly small numbers of 911s leaving the factory with manual transmissions, maybe this is worth reconsidering in the future.

Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor


Comments

  • quadricycle quadricycle Posts:

    Left foot braking is for the track, nowhere else (my opinion). Then again I learnt how to drive with a clutch so it just doesn't feel right. Actually I've never really tried it, but I imagine that it would feel strange.

  • fordson1 fordson1 Posts:

    Yeah - that's a good idea - let's move the brake pedal further away from the accelerator and make it take longer to get to, for the 99.95% of the drivers who brake with their right feet, and make it a non-standard distance away, into the bargain. There was a very interesting article on TTAC, by Jack Baruth, in which he presents an argument against left-foot braking while wearing three-point belts. Three-point belts don't keep you from sliding forward a few inches in a panic stop, so you use your left foot to brace against the dead pedal. Go try it in a parking lot - you'll see. So in left-foot braking, in a panic stop, your left and right feet are jammed down onto the brake and gas pedals, simultaneously. I bet that's great for getting the shortest possible braking distance. Also, you can't left-foot-brake on any regular basis when driving stick, so now you have different foot assignments for the brake pedal, depending on what tranny you're driving? No, thanks.

  • nsbio1 nsbio1 Posts:

    Yes, and the steering wheel is not very comfortable to turn with the right foot.

  • stovt001_ stovt001_ Posts:

    It isn't safer when you've been triggering the brake light for the past 50 miles so the car behind you can't tell when you actually really get on the brakes.

  • jederino jederino Posts:

    Are there good after-market pedal options to adjust the spacing, either for heel-toing or the other way for the dreaded left-foot braking?

  • agentorange agentorange Posts:

    "...and it's safer." Got some anecdotes or scientific study to back that up or is that just Sweeping Statement #265974123

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