Gary Lee, a Utah inventor and his company VMT Technologies, has recently developed a transmission concept that if successful might just forever change the world of driving.
He has designed a prototype Universal Transmission that does away with “changing gears” — one that doesn’t need to have a clutch or torque converter.
Instead of wasting an engine’s forward momentum when it comes time to shift, Lee’s transmission is positively engaged, with no neutral gear.
So, in an everyday automobile, the Universal Transmission would provide a seamless transfer of power, and the company claims it could increase fuel economy by as much as 30 per cent.
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