Gosh - I thought that was the whole point of the Selespeed - to allow you to naturally LFB - doesn't your left foot get bored ?
Seriously though - some of the comments here about LFB and Heel and Toe are along the lines of "I tried this in-extremis and I scared my self to death" - which isn't an unexpected outcome to be honest.
I'm not an expert by any stretch - but both of these are skills that clearly take a lot of time to learn. You defintely can learn some basics of these safely at low speeds - the biggest thing is getting your muscle memory trained so that you don't have to think about it at all. You really don't want to be thinking about the mechanics of whats involved when it matters!
Then you can try it with more confidence on the track.
T&H is probably the safest one to do 1st, and you can practice it safely on your daily commute, and you can derive some pleasure from it even while driving nowhere near the limit.
If you T&H on the road regulary its no problem on the track,you just do bigger throttle blips
I think you really want to be pretty responsible about how you learn LFB.
I'm pretty smooth at double declutched T&H but would regard myself as a beginner LFB'er. As far as I can see you want to practice the basic discipline of stopping the car smoothly without any throttle application for some time to allow the development of the required sensitivity in your left foot.
The first few times you try it are normally hilariously overbraked and should be tried at low speed on an empty road.
Gradually then you can experiment with braking while applying the throttle.
There are a couple of ways of applying LFB that I am aware of but only dabble with the first myslef at the moment (on track).
a) Basic LFB where you are cornering while maintaining full throttle and dab the brakes with the Left foot to bring more grip to the front without losing revs. You need to be sure you don't brake below the powerband or you lose a lot more time than you gain.
b) Dynamic LFB in conjunction with intentional sudden throttle lift off to intentionally develop large oversteer - this is how thse incredibly skilled rally professionals make those cars dance and glide over the road.
c) Relatively "Steady state" LFB on 4WD vehicles where you are trying to get the differentials to work with a certain front to rear balance .
At the risk of self advertisment I also find that (ahem) trailbraking works well with 156s with sport kits,and the GTAs.
Alfa seemed to have a setup a reasonably sporting front/rear brake bias,and the fantastically quick steering means that the relatively smooth movement of the tail is caught easily.
Originally Posted by Pascs
Not on the road - don't think my Selespeed would understand what was going on anyway
I've tried it when I was doing some rallying and it takes a hell of a time to get your left foot under control