How to Drive Manual & Shift Gears With Clutch in Forza Motorsport (FM8)

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by J.R. Waugh
How to Drive Manual & Shift Gears with Clutch in Forza Motorsport FM8
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Forza Motorsport is more than the eye-grabbing visuals it boasts. It’s an impressive racing sim when you dig into it, and it offers a nice array of player freedom for those wishing to challenge themselves and push the limits of their vehicles. Part of the realism this game features is the option to simulate a manual transmission in your car. Here’s how to drive manual and shift gears, and how to use the clutch in Forza Motorsport!

How to Switch Settings to Drive Manual in Forza Motorsport

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Go to the settings menu before you enter a race, and in the Driving Assists section, go down to ‘Shifting’ where you can change it to ‘Manual’ in Forza Motorsport. Manual is similar to how it’s been done in previous games, and the Clutch adds to the sim feeling, even if you might push the limits of your transmission.

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How Do You Shift Gears in Forza Motorsport?

Once you have Manual enabled, you can shift up using ‘B’ on the Xbox controller or ‘Numpad 9’ on the keyboard, and down with ‘X’ or ‘Numpad 7.’ This allows you to control your speeds better when you’ve grown more comfortable on the track, and you can achieve some pretty impressive acceleration and maneuvers using it.

How Do You Use the Clutch in FM8?

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If you’ve got ‘Manual with Clutch’ enabled, hold ‘LB’ or ‘Numpad 8’ to shift gears safely without causing an issue for your engine. It is meant to add to the sim feel of the game, although it can be a bit jarring while you get used to it.

Using these mechanics, you can master your cars better and achieve greater heights and new personal bests. Don’t forget to line up a nice shot of your car when you’re about to overtake opponents with what you’ve learned!

- This article was updated on October 10th, 2023

About The Author

J.R. is a Staff Writer with AOTF and has been covering gaming and entertainment in the industry since 2022. Along with a B.A. in History from the University of Cincinnati, he has studied at the University of Birmingham, UK, and part of his M.A. at the University of Waterloo. You'll find J.R. particularly at home writing about the hottest manga and anime. He is highly passionate about horror, strategy, and RPGs, and anything about Star Trek or LOTR. When not ranting about fan theories or writing guides, J.R. is streaming his favorite RPGs and other forgotten gems.