Seamless Shift Gearbox
Posted 04 May 2006 - 09:02 AM
Ferrari and BMW Sauber are also hard at work in designing versions, following the use of the first models at actual Grand Prix by McLaren, Honda and Williams.
A 'seamless' 'box is believed to be worth several tenths of a second per lap, with drivers able to change gear without the momentary 'blip' in power.
Red Bull's work on a new gearbox follows the acquisition of a specialist in the area from 'seamless' pioneer Honda.
World championship-leader Renault, meanwhile, recently track-tested its soon-to-be debuted 'box.
It could be raced for the first time at Monaco, while Ferrari is thought to be heading for a 'seamless' debut in July.
Could this be why Honda have got a fast car. 2 tenths a lap is a large advantage for Honda, McLaren and Williams. Can anyone tell me why other teams havent adopted this technology faster?
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Posted 04 May 2006 - 06:20 PM
Like any new technology, they are afraid to race it for fear of losing points if the 'box fails in an actual GP. I would assume that the rest of the grid will introduce them once they are satisfied of the reliability. Williams ran with theirs because the team has always preferred on-track testing of new bits. Ferrari didn't run with it because they typically wait until they've tested it to death.
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Posted 28 May 2006 - 02:45 PM
Actually, these are illegal in FIA rules, you must have a gearbox that when changing gears shows a small drop in power... I agree with this, I think there is a point to stop cars "driving themselves".
Posted 16 June 2006 - 10:03 AM
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