Mexican overdrive

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Based on NASCAR teams' experience in the early 1950s in the legendary Carerra Panamerica where the long hills would have otherwise overrevved the engines


Mexican overdrive ‎(plural Mexican overdrives)

  1. (US, slang) The neutral gear when used while a vehicle is moving, especially when it is used to save fuel or to coast down hill faster than a vehicle can go in gear. (This is illegal in some places.)
    He shifted his car out of gear, at the top of the hill, and coasted down in Mexican overdrive.