In this video, I open up an F1 gearbox to find out what’s inside and explain a little about how it works.I used to work on race cars many years ago. But it’s been a while since I worked on any part of any car, let alone a Formula One car gearbox – as you can probably see in this video./ Driver61
Anyway, it was a lot of fun to take this apart and see what’s inside.Thanks to Mansell Motorsport for allowing me to take this apart (and for them to put it back together!).Watch the video from Driver61 learn more:
Formula One cars use semi-automatic sequential gearboxes, with regulations stating that 8 forward gears (increased from 7 from the 2014 season onwards) and 1 reverse gear must be used, with rear-wheel drive.The gearbox is constructed of carbon titanium, as heat dissipation is a critical issue, and is bolted onto the back of the engine.
Full automatic gearboxes, and systems such as launch control and traction control, are illegal, to keep driver skill important in controlling the car.The driver initiates gear changes using paddles mounted on the back of the steering wheel and electro-hydraulics perform the actual change as well as throttle control.///wikipedia