Japanese carmaker Honda has patented an 11-speed gearbox which uses not one, not two, but three clutches!
The patent for the triple-clutch automatic gearbox with 11-speeds was filed on May 27, 2016 with the Japanese Patent Office.
and in it, Honda claims that the third clutch will be able to decrease the torque removal that occurs when you change gears with dual-clutch gearboxes. This, in turn, will result in quicker shifts along with an improvement in mileage.
It is not currently clear what car the new gearbox is meant for, or when the 11-speed system will enter production.
Other than Honda, Ford had also patented an 11-speed gearbox in the first half of 2015. Ford is set to introduce a 10-speed gearbox on its upcoming 2017 F150 pickup truck, while another American carmaker, Chevrolet, has already added a 10-speed gearbox to its Camaro muscle car.
Meanwhile, the most number of forward gears currently found on any Honda car is nine.