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BRDC F4 drivers to get advanced Sadev paddleshift transmission

Friday, December 21 2012

Drivers in the BRDC Formula 4 Championship will benefit from a newly developed advanced six-speed paddleshift gearbox after organisers revealed further details on its new F4 car ahead of the official launch at the 2013 Autosport International Show.

Designed especially for the new single seater series, the high-tech sequential transmission has been developed by leading motorsport manufacturer Sadev, who boast three decades of producing competition gearboxes in circuit racing and rallying.

Linked to a Cosworth CFW277 steering wheel by their advanced gearbox control software, the lightweight and aerodynamic compact gearbox uses the latest technology making it the most sophisticated system of any car at this level.

Steve Waudby from SWR Motorsport, the official UK supplier of Sadev products, said: "We're in full support of the BRDC Formula 4 Championship and delighted to be playing our part. The Sadev name is synonymous with quality but also reliability which is crucial for this type of formula.

"As a former single seater racer myself, I know drivers need to be learning the systems they'll be using higher up the motorsport ladder and that's exactly what this gearbox will teach them. It's very easy to learn and allows them to get the most out of the car whilst team managers can be sure that, unlike with H-pattern gearboxes, their driver is unlikely to damage the engine or even miss a shift."

Giles Butterfield, Group Operations and Engineering Manager for MSV, added: "To further reduce costs and ensure equality in the BRDC F4, all gearboxes will be sealed and all servicing will be undertaken by MSV's gearbox provider. The gear ratios will also be fixed for the season so that additional ratios are not required. We'll supply all the technical backup the teams require to ensure the gearbox and shift systems perform perfectly."

For more information visit www.formula4.com