<VV> Corvair 5 speed

Kirby Smith kirbyasmith at gwi.net
Thu Oct 20 15:29:41 EDT 2005

mygroups at frontiernet.net wrote:
> I just saw a DMC 12 (Delorian)...
> Basic layout transaxles that might do the work: Audi and Subbieroo.
> Chris Cookeville '78 VW Westy (Corvair powered)
Ignoring the argument about when a Corvair isn't a Corvair, somewhere 
between changing the o-ring material and changing the drive train, I can 
report that the Audi transaxle and tranny are like that of the Corvair 
in the sense that the drive for the front wheels goes from clutch thru 
the diff and into the tranny and then returns to the diff.  Quattro 
Audis have the power split in the tranny via a torsen arrangement in the 
tranny tail piece and the rear wheel power continues aft to the rear 
differential via two CV joints, a U-joint and two drive shafts.  (Anyone 
for Corvair all-wheel drive?)  I do not recall in which direction the 
engine rotates versus the wheels to know if an Audi assembly would 
provide a Corvair 5 speeds in forward or reverse.  I'll try to remember 
to look.

The 5th gear on my ur-S6 is an overdrive ratio, maybe 0.79:1 TBD, and 
the differentials are 4.11:1, I think.  One might also consider 6-speed 
trannys from neu-S4s.  I don't know their particulars.


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