F1 2014 tech: Gearboxes under pressure

F1 2014 tech: Gearboxes under pressure

Eight-speed gearboxes, fixed ratios for a whole year and a major reliability challenge - it's all change for Formula 1 transmissions in 2014. CRAIG SCARBOROUGH explains what's new

In part three of his series on Formula 1's 2014 technical rules revolution, Craig Scarborough looks at the implications of the changes for F1 gearbox design.

With gearbox layouts static for a couple of decades since the introduction of seamless shift technology, Formula 1 gearbox design has been evolutionary for many years.

Even the rise of engine power and RPM has failed to inject major new demands into transmission design.

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