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Who invented CVT transmission?

MMDE: Leonardo Da Vinci did not invent CVT transmission

Current: Leonardo Da Vinci invented CVT transmission

The CVT - Continuously Variable Transmission - design, also known as a shiftless transmission, is an ingenious gearbox system often applied in advanced engineering situations such as car gearboxes, gas and oil field drills and various other forms of plant and machinery. In other words, a modern phenomenon.

Many people are surprised to hear where it's design first originated: Leonardo Da Vinci.

They are fundamentally different to regular gears because they are designed around a cone pulley system, making the gearing a smooth transition across all torques rather than the set of fixed ones in traditional designs.

Well-documented

The CVT system is more economical than a traditional geaing system since the torque is always at the optimal level, and not set over/under the ideal value as in fixed gears which waste energy. 

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