Chaparral 2F Detail
Posted Nov 29 2014 - 10:09 AM
Posted Nov 29 2014 - 10:12 AM
Edited by Bob Simpson, Nov 29 2014 - 10:13 AM.
Posted Nov 29 2014 - 10:57 AM
Posted Nov 29 2014 - 10:59 AM
Try the 2F on automatic see how you get on.!
I did some more Googling and came on http://ashcom.homest...m/elford2j.html a good read. but if you don't have time to read the lot, the excerpt that, I think bears on it is from paras 11-14. (I tried to copy and paste, but I can't copy white type)
Posted Nov 29 2014 - 11:28 AM
Tell me about the cars automatic transmission: "It was a semi-automatic transmission, it wasn't fully automatic. It had a three-speed transmission with a torque converter and a lock-up at 5,000 rpm. It was quite complicated to get it running. The steering column went down between your two feet so the left foot could only work the brake and the right foot could only work the gas pedal.
Was driving a car set up that way something of a shock to you? "By sheer luck, really, a year earlier I had a bad accident at the Nurburgring in the Grand Prix, which destroyed my shoulder. I was in physical therapy for weeks, suffering day after day. At that time, Grand Prix drivers all used to have a complimentary car from the FORD motor company in Great Britain. We could have what we liked and, as I had a wife and a couple of kids then, I had a big Zodiac, which was the top of the line sedan in England. The car was an automatic and I had never had an automatic car before so while I had it I thought I'll learn to brake with my left foot.
"I had never done it before so it took me about three months to really learn to do it efficiently. Now I do it automatically every time I get in a car with an automatic transmission. I always break with my left foot now. I wasn't doing it in anticipation of the ride in the Chaparral; I just decided I was going to learn how to do it. When it came time to drive the 2J of course, I was ready for it, as I had no trouble with it.
Did the cars transmission put you at a disadvantage at the start? "At Road Atlanta, Denny Hulme was in the first McLaren and Peter Gethin was in the second one and they all blew me away at the start. I remember that, at 5,000 rpm's the transmission dogs would just lock up. From there on it was solid drive and that went all the way up to 7,600 rpm, which was about maximum in those days. One of the problems was we only had three speeds while the McLaren's and the Lola's all had four speeds. So it didn't matter where I was on the pole because two or three cars would just blow me away at the start.
Posted Nov 29 2014 - 11:49 AM
Posted Nov 29 2014 - 01:58 PM
Is that a 2-spd or 3?
Not sure if that was Phil Hill in first video, but whoever, they could not drift at all.
Somewhere earlier today read the three gear cars were set up with equivalent of 3rd, 4th, and 5th gears on a manual shift car. Thus, no hole shots.
The 2-spd shifted up by "automatic override" at redline, or as driver let off revs a bit.
According to this link here: http://www.sportscar...Chaparral2.html
The part some may also find interesting is about driver preference, besides not shifting, for two pedals and left foot braking.
Edited by John Woods, Nov 29 2014 - 03:21 PM.
Posted Nov 30 2014 - 03:41 AM
BTW, in the sixties there was the big Mercedes Benz V8 Rote Sau touring car which ran with a full automatic.
Posted Nov 30 2014 - 02:50 PM
Posted Dec 01 2014 - 10:24 AM
Posted Dec 03 2014 - 04:25 PM
So guess they did whatever, whenever? Maybe by the time it has three forward speeds they were?
Edited by John Woods, Dec 03 2014 - 04:28 PM.
Posted Dec 04 2014 - 06:30 AM
Posted Dec 04 2014 - 09:14 AM
So tried a brief test at Zandvoort.
Once getting sense of when it will shift that could be better adjusted to a specific track.
Edited by John Woods, Dec 05 2014 - 09:02 AM.
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