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Williams FW33 - innovative gearbox layout 27 March 2011

Arguably the most innovative solution on the 2011 Williams is the layout of its new gearbox, which has been designed to match the car's new rear aero package, in light of this year's ban on the double diffusers. The gearbox's vertical dimensions have been dramatically cut and the differential has been lowered (see yellow highlighted area). This forced the team, after a great deal of research, to choose an extreme driveshaft angle of nearly 16 degrees, which is very unusual, as is attaching the suspension's top wishbone to the rear wing support (red arrow). This solution could be very advantageous, although there are still limits, mostly imposed by the dimensions of the car's engine cover.