Gearbox challenge - henry k
Following on from the recent thread on gearboxes.

news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/5412814.stm
Gearbox challenge - jase1
That's hilarious.

But, 80kph in reverse??? HOW? What manufacturer builds in a top speed of 50mph in reverse gear?

Ford, evidently. Amazing.
Gearbox challenge - fordprefect
>> That's hilarious.
But, 80kph in reverse??? HOW? What manufacturer builds in a top
speed of 50mph in reverse gear?
Ford, evidently. Amazing.


Years ago when DAF's with the variomatic transmission were around they would go just as fast in reverse as forward; I heard of someone writing his off at 70mph backwards proving this.
Gearbox challenge - Number_Cruncher
The bit about swerving all over the road makes sense - rear steering is fundamentally unstable, I'm amazed he managed to go so fast.

Number_Cruncher
Gearbox challenge - psi
never had a problem with it on a reach forklift!
Gearbox challenge - Number_Cruncher
It's possible that the reach forkilft has a sprung rack, pushing the steering back on centre.

If you reverse a car, and take your hands off the wheel, it won't be long before the steering slews on to full lock, one way or the other, as opposed to forward motion, where self-centreing works properly.

Number_Cruncher
Gearbox challenge - GregSwain
What an idiot though, leaving a major town to embark on a 300+ mile journey with no forward gears. Have to say that 50mph figure is impressive, i thought it would be more like 30mph.
Gearbox challenge - Roberson
Bet that was a sight to see. What with it being down-under, it was probably an automatic which usually have taller bottom ratios than manuals. Considering reverse is usually the same ratio as first, this could explain the seemingly high speed (although even I think 50mph is stretching the truth a bit). Either way, I can't imagine his engine lasting much longer, traveling flat out backwards, as there will be no in-rush of air to the radiator. How he didn't 'cook' his engine too, I will never know.
Gearbox challenge - barchettaman
The main problem was the constant stop-starting, putting stress on the clutch.
He ended up having terrible kangaroo starts.

All I can do is apologise for that one really.
Gearbox challenge - barchettaman
But why he didn´t just koala taxi is beyond me.

I´ll get me coat.
Gearbox challenge - barchettaman
Echidna help myself with that last gag.
Gearbox challenge - Altea Ego
I hope you have a thousand redbacks in your jim jams tonight for that little lot BM.
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Gearbox challenge - henry k
further info.

www.news.com.au/story/0,23599,20537892-2,00.html

Mr Poulton, ( aged 22) from Orelia in Perth's southern suburbs, will appear in Coolgardie Magistrates' Court on Monday charged with reckless driving and driving while under suspension.

 

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