I read Toet's article a while back on his linkedin page about how Benetton developed traction control. It was an excellent article and essentially described how the system on the 94 car was legal, it wasn't a traction control system despite acting like it.
I have to say Toet has been one of my favourite contributors towards this book. I've asked him many questions, and he always responds within a day, is happy to help, and actually answers the question I've asked. Also he's happy to go on the record with his answers, which is important to give the book and its mind blowing findings creditability amongst readers when it is released, and I can tell he is being honest and open with his answers. I'm going to allude to the book's biggest, mind blowing finding to date...what did Senna hear at Aida 1994 that made him convinced there was something illegal on Schumacher’s B194 but not on Verstappen’s car?
In that TC article linkedin article you mentioned, Toet thought it might be that legal TC system Senna heard. Only a couple of days ago I questioned that with Toet asking if he was 100% sure it was because elsewhere in that same article Toet said
“A good driver would use the system to learn how to apply the throttle. Driving flat out everywhere would be find except that it wasted fuel and made a more detectable sound.”
So based on the bold bit I would have assumed Verstappen’s B194 would have been the one making the funny noises at Aida and not Schumacher. Given Jos was a lesser driver than Schumacher, so presumably Jos was the one driving flat out thus making a more detectable sound from his legal TC system?
Toet agreed that my own theory was what Senna likely heard at Aida. Which explains everything, including why Schumi was so much quicker than his teammates in 1994, and why it would have shock a driver like Senna's ears in particular etc. The theory is not only based on insight from those who really should know and will be fully explained and evidenced in the book. But a former F1 driver who was a commentator in 1994 also spoke about it during his commentaries – which is what initially prompted me to look into it. I’ve just asked a second (very qualified) source to verify this theory, which might clarify certain rumors shall we say.
If you provide feedback on the chapter I'll send you then I might just give you a bit more of an idea what I mean .
Sorry to be so crytic at this stage, but I don't want to give away the book's biggest selling point just yet (hopefully you'll understand why). I will do closer to the time, to ignite interest in the book and this subject. But the chapter I'll send you will show the extend of research I have done into this subject (years) and the quality of Toet's invaluable input to the book.
Edited by Ibsey, 15 January 2018 - 08:09.