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BAR lose appeal over torque transfer device 10 Aug 2004

Anthony Davidson (GBR) BAR Honda 006.
Formula One World Championship, Rd12, German Grand Prix, Practice Day, Hockenheim, Germany, 23 July 2004

The International Court of Appeal has upheld the decision made by stewards at the German Grand Prix to disallow the use of a front-wheel torque transfer device by the BAR team.

The team used the system, described by the FIA as an “electro hydraulic software controlled device which connects the front wheels via drive shafts and allows controlled torque transfer from a faster wheel to a slower wheel even under braking”, during Friday practice at Hockenheim, before stewards ordered its removal.

BAR appealed this, but having heard the explanations of both parties and having examined the various documents and other evidence at a hearing in Paris on Monday, the Court upheld the stewards’ decision.