practical problem--launch/first gear
Assume you've got street tires and a lot of HP and want to get off to the best start possible when the stoplight turns green. What's the most effective way to launch the Cobalt given the front wheel drive, and how do you deal with the rather short first gear? Not looking for more performance mods at this point but rather for some practical advice. No problems are encountered once the car gets into second (and I remember to shift early enough into third before getting automatically unlinked), but there's got to be a slicker way to start off the process. Tried starting in second but too much lag. Tried revving the engine and popping the clutch but too much wheel hop and spin. Tried slipping the clutch but how long will it last if that way of driving becomes a habit? Some of you guys have rigs similar to mine and I'm just curious if somebody has come up with a new and better idea to overcome the curse of front wheel drive launching in a fairly light car with more than 300 WHP. And again, what's the proper time to move out of first and into second and should I keep the gas pedal down when I make this shift or let up for a second? Is the speedshift at this early point important enough to run the risk? Any input would be greatly appreciated.