When we think about downsizing, i.e. making engines smaller while increasing specific output, and electrification, racing isn’t exactly the first thing that comes to mind. Yet these trends in powertrain development for large-scale production are also reflected in racing. It’s also about efficiency: Just like in series production, lower fuel consumption is gaining importance and new drive technologies are becoming commonplace. Racing engineering allows for greater experimentation and risk-taking than production-vehicle engineering, but is governed by stringent requirements at the same time.
According to the rules of the FIA (Fédération Internationale de l‘Automobile), for example, Formula 1 makes the highest performance requirements of toothed gears. Extremely high loads at the handling limits must be transmitted reliably – with minimal weight. A high degree of efficiency and a gear load bearing pattern that is non-sensitive to displacement, as well as the service life, are of critical importance in this application. Systems from Klingelnberg support high-quality manufacturing due to their high level of automation and closed production loops.