With the F1 back in town this weekend showcasing the pinnacle of automotive technology, we can cast our minds back 30 years to an innovation from the Williams team that was banned because it was too fast.
The Williams FW15 was already dominant in 1993, with a highly technical car and fully-active suspension. Not content to rest on their successes, the team designed and built a version of their Renault-powered machine with a constantly variable transmission (CVT) that kept motor power and torque at their peak.
The CVT version of the FW15 was around two seconds per lap faster than the standard transmission version.
Our Reeves mechanical variators employ the very technology that was banned in Formula One.