MSV TO IN­VES­TI­GATE F3 CAR TRANS­MIS­SIONS

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Mo­tor­sport Vi­sion Rac­ing will con­duct a full re­view of the trans­mis­sion in the BRDC For­mula 3 Cham­pi­onship cars fol­low­ing a se­ries of set­backs for teams at Brands Hatch last week­end.

Some teams and driv­ers have com­plained about trans­mis­sion is­sues, with much of the fo­cus be­ing placed on the sin­tered clutch and hy­draulic ac­tu­a­tor sys­tem. Last week­end a num­ber of fron­trun­ning cars – in­clud­ing cham­pi­onship chal­lengers Toby Sow­ery (Lanan Rac­ing) and Enaam Ahmed (Dou­glas Mo­tor­sport) – suf­fered prob­lems with their car’s trans­mis­sions.

MSV’S group head of oper­a­tions Giles But­ter­field told Mo­tor­sport News that any re­peated tech­ni­cal is­sues would be in­ves­ti­gated and taken se­ri­ously by MSVR.

“We will look into the trans­mis­sion and clutch sys­tem of the cars fol­low­ing some is­sues last week­end, but we don’t be­lieve there is an in­her­ent prob­lem with the spec­i­fi­ca­tion of the car at all,” he said.

“We un­der­stand that it is frus­trat­ing for peo­ple to have is­sues, and we don’t want to see driv­ers non-scor­ing or re­tir­ing due to tech­ni­cal is­sues. But not all prob­lems last week­end were clutch-re­lated, some were traced back to be elec­tri­cal or hy­draulic upon fur­ther in­spec­tion by teams.

“Driv­ers also need to take care of a clutch. It’s not a car­bon clutch, so you can over­heat it and break it if you re­ally push too hard, so they need to un­der­stand the lim­i­ta­tions of its use. The al­ter­na­tive is a very costly car­bon op­tion, which we’d like to avoid.

“Teams have done hun­dreds of pre-sea­son test­ing miles and have had limited prob­lems and we as a com­pany have tried and tested th­ese clutches. We wouldn’t have fit­ted them if we didn’t see them as up to the job.

“Any fur­ther prob­lems will be mon­i­tored closely and if there is a re­cur­rent is­sue we’ll work with the teams to fix it.”

Enaam Ahmed was one of the driv­ers that had trou­ble

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