Here I am in my 95 Ford Contour autocrossing at Douglas (WY) International Raceway.
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This is doing a 180 degree turn with a radius of one cone... exit speed about 15mph, shift is at 45 or so. 65 when I let off.
Quick downshift outside the car:
A bit of drifting, then full throttle through first and shift into second, from outside of the car.
This is what dragstrips are good for. Here is some autocross footage showing handling.