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 Post subject: Clutch in F1 cars
PostPosted: 15 Feb 2009, 14:44  
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Sorry if the question sound stupid, but i i'm not sure,
well f1 cars have the clutch in the steering weel, to change the gears they have to press the clutch and the gear shift or simply press the gear shift?

sorry for my bad english :huh:

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 Post subject: Re: Technical Question
PostPosted: 15 Feb 2009, 15:26  
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I think they only use the clutch at the start, and just press the gear shift to change gears during the race

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 Post subject: Re: Technical Question
PostPosted: 15 Feb 2009, 20:09  
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you only need to use the clutch for leaving the pits and the start.

seeing as the gearbox is a dog box (has dog rings instead of synchro rings) and has straight cut teeth you can change gears without a clutch as long as on the down change the revs are matched properly and there is a slight lift in throttle on the upshift (altho that might not be needed with the new seamless transmissions) but the computer controls the blips and the throttle cut on the upshift. They are of a sequential design instead of your conventional H pattern design in a road car. This means instead of needing a leaver to move the shifter they can simply use a solenoid to push the leaver on the gearbox to make the gear change.

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 Post subject: Re: Clutch in F1 cars
PostPosted: 16 Feb 2009, 13:01  
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great explanation marty! thx

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