Jaguar Manual Manual - Page 6

What’s thE TACHOMETER For? The five step plan If you’ve been driving automatics all your driving life, you’ve probably had little use for the gauge next to the speedometer. That’s the tachometer, and it displays engine speed in revolutions per minute, or RPM. With an automatic, you really don’t need to think about it all that much, though it’s certainly useful when shifting with the steering wheel paddles. Getting Started Positioning your seat: Proper seat position is vital to driving a manual as you have to be able to interact with each pedal with ease. Make sure you can comfortably push the clutch all the way to the floor with your left foot, and still have a bend in your knee – your leg shouldn’t be fully extended. (Don’t worry, your left foot will only be in charge of the clutch, while your right foot will handle the brake and the accelerator). Once you find a comfortable position you’re ready to begin. With a stick shift, the “tach” is a valuable tool that helps you decide when to shift. In the F-TYPE, you might choose to shift at 3 or 4 thousand RPM to enjoy acceleration that will be fun in everyday driving. Pretty soon, you’ll come to know instinctively – from the rate of acceleration you desire (as felt in your backside) and even the engine and exhaust sound – what shifting at 3, 4, 5 and 6 thousand RPM sounds and feels like. You’ll quickly glance at the tach for occasional confirmation. When you’ve got nothing but open road or track ahead of you, you’ll keep an eye on the tach, among other things, including the road or track ahead, to choose the optimal shift point and to also make sure you don’t push the engine past the redline. If you do approach redline, there’s an electronic engine limiter to protect the engine if you do: You’ll feel the engine stumble causing the car to buck a bit as the computer cuts engine power at maximum RPM. TACHOMETER S  tep 1: Take a deep breath and relax. Push the clutch pedal to the floor and hold it there. If the shift lever is not already in Neutral (anywhere in the middle of the shift pattern), move it there. Keep the clutch pedal down and push the engine Start button. (As a safety measure, the engine will not start unless you’ve got the clutch pedal fully depressed, even if the shifter is in Neutral.)