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Development of early car control systems
The control systems of a number of early cars are analysed. Each car is taken for a test drive and we look at the unique design features including starting, steering and gear change systems. The Cadillac Type 53 is used to illustrate the origins of the controls recognisable in modern vehicles. The Austin 7 reproduced this system for the mass market. Published as part of the Top Gear website: bbc.co.uk/topgear/. Please note this clip is only available in Flash.
A useful clip looking at control systems for early cars focusing on the evolution of the steering and control systems for the car and noting how price and ease of use affect mass marketing of products. Introduces the concept of units of 'horse power'.
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