Formula 1 to use single gearbox provider?

At North West Transmissions we have repaired and replaced gearboxes for pretty much every make and model you can imagine.

Every day, we work with gearboxes all day long. There is not much we haven’t seen.

However, we have yet to have the gearbox of a Formula 1 car sent our way – though we would welcome the challenge.

To us, it would be a delight to get an F1 gearbox in, but for the F1 teams themselves are the gearboxes becoming an expensive annoyance?

We were intrigued by a recent story suggesting that all F1 cars could have a common gearbox, the reasoning being that the gearbox and transmission is an expensive element to develop and yet is not a performance differentiator. All the teams are paying the same huge outlay for no relative benefit.

And for some teams this is worse than others, those who are facing a change in circumstance. Aston Martin, which for years has bought in gearboxes from other manufacturers is facing having to develop its own F1 transmission team from scratch.

“If you look at the gearbox these days, and you compare it with other motorsport categories, the gearbox is not a performance differentiator anymore,” said Aston team principal Mike Krack.

“Everybody has more or less the same performance from the gearbox. But the cost for gearboxes is horrendous, especially if you compare it to other categories.”

More on this interesting story can be found on the MSN site.


At North West Transmissions we repair gearboxes or source replacements with guaranteed refurbished units.

A family-run business, we have a truly superb reputation, this is shown by our 4.9 out of 5 average rating from dozens of reviews on Google.

All reconditioned gearboxes come with guarantees for 12 months or 12,000 miles while reconditioned automatic units come with a re-manufactured torque converter that has a lifetime guarantee.

Our technicians are all highly skilled with vast experience in reconditioning and repairing all units – importantly their efficiency helps cut down the price of repairs and so too the cost.

Gearbox problems are all-too-common. If you find yourself in need of a repair or reconditioned unit, that often being the more economical option in the long term, please contact us.

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