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What kind of a Differential Gear do Formula 1 cars have?

What kind of a Differential Gear do F1 cars use? Is it open or locked?

The differential is a locking differential. A locked differential provides significant traction advantage over an open differential, but only when the traction under each wheel differs significantly.

In Formula 1 cars the locking mechanism is hydraulic lock that can be adjusted electronically - it is has a mapping, just like the engine does. The mappings use different variables such as rotation speed, acceleration pedal value and so forth.

The rules regulate that the lock must not be active - so it can not control itself automatically without human intervention.

Written by Janita on Wednesday August 5, 2015
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