One of the reasons I think there’s so much automatic hate among many car enthusiasts is that for so very long, automatics were abysmal, fun-killing three- and four-speed units. Now they’re fast-shifting, with fancy paddles, and offer lots of gears. But where does the insanity end?
Excellent technical resource ScarbsF1 brings us an explainer of the narrow cartridge-style gearbox Mercedes is using this year in its utterly dominant Formula One car, the W05. No one outside the team has seen the internals, so Craig Scarborough and Peter Windsor drew out the basics based on what they know.
For me, even automatics feel strange. The lack of involvement and the constant need to brake in order to shift just seems unnatural. Still, there are way more complicated solutions to the problem of gear shifting out there, as car makers were pretty keen to come up with new ideas to make life easier for us in the last…
A Subaru WRX owner went to sleep at this weekend's 25 Hour of Thunderhill race with a complete car. This is what he found when he woke up a few hours later. Resident racer and gearbox theft-culprit Robb Holland explains why you shouldn't trust a racing team with your car. — Ed.