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Is Taipan still in bed? If so certainly a late starter! Here is something for him to reed re starter motors and starting means in F1, Apart from the starting handle remote (external/portable) air/hydraulic and battery operated starters were used even in the early years of F1 when they didn’t have to use a battery because magnetos were used to fire the plugs. In the 70’s F1 went from electric (onboard battery starting motors) to air starters (gave around 6 starts). In the late 70’s Chapman tried an automated clutch activated by air pressure and operated by a push button on the gear shift lever, (push the button, shift the gear, release the button), the pneumatic clutch system was pressurized by spinning the starter motor in reverse, when it turned one way it cranked the engine, when turned the other way it powered a compressor/pump.

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