Video: Have you ever seen a 3.5 ratio gearbox?!

On my standard internet trawl of car content, I stumbled across a gearbox I'd never seen before. Those crazy cats in Japan have made a gearbox where they have replaced 5th gear with a gear that fits in between 3rd and 4th. This makes the gears very close together and I'm not sure if really improves the performance or not, but I'll let you decide from the video.

For an extra special treat, the driver is the drift king himself, Keiichi Tsuchiya and he is driving the legendary Toyota AE86.

Before the madness on track begins, there is a nice explanation (with English subtitles) of how the gearbox works.

If anyone can properly explain the benefits of this gearbox, please let me know in the comments.

Here is the full video for your viewing pleasure:

Have you ever seen this kind of gearbox before? Let me know in the comments!

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Comments (14)
  • They do this to the gearbox in tbe indy cars at the indy 500 all the time

    2 months ago
  • Yeah best motoring. My favourite programme.

    2 months ago
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