Sir Jack Stole the Clutch! Brabham-Daf Formula 3 Car!

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Who knew that DAF campaigned a Formula 3 car back in the 1960s? The first car was an Alexis chassis, a Cosworth mill and of course, the Variomatic transmission. It was mildly successful, managing a 7th-place finish at Monaco in '65. At that point Brabham entered the picture and Brit Mike Beckwith managed two wins in 16 races with the car. Meanwhile, we just wanna what the car's top speed in reverse was...

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DISCUSSION

CVTs require a direction reversal mechanism, typically a set of planetary gears with a clutch and gears, to get into reverse at all.

In the DAF production cars, the transmission ratio of this reversal mechanism was -1, so the cars could theoretically reach the same speeds in both directions. There were races in which all the cars had to drive in reverse at speeds in excess of 50mph. Check out this video, starting at 34:11 to get you warmed up for the main event:

http://video.google.de/videoplay?doci…

For more on the history of these "truttenschudders met jarretelaandrijving" ("broad-shakers with a garter belt drive" - the common Dutchman revels in vulgarity) see here:

http://www.fan.tv/view.asp?id=11…