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Variomatic - Invented by Hub van Doorne

Hub van Doorne-Variomatic
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: Netherlands
: Power & Hand Tools

About Invention

Variomatic is the stepless, fully automatic transmission of the Dutch car manufacturer DAF, originally developed[citation needed] by Hub van Doorne: this consists of a "V" shaped drive belt and two pulleys, each of two cones, whose effective diameter can be changed so that the "V" belt runs nearer the spindle or nearer the rim, depending on the separation of the cones. These are synchronized so that the belt always remains at the same optimal tension.

It was the first commercially successful continuously variable transmission (CVT) (as opposed to shifting between separate gears). In theory, this always produces the optimum torque. The variomatic was introduced by DAF in 1958, also putting an automatic gear box in the Netherlands for the first time. The variomatic was introduced on the DAF 600.In 1928, Hubert "Hub" van Doorne founded the company as Commanditaire Vennootschap Hub van Doorne's Machinefabriek. 


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