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What you have here is a giant low-rpm (low stress) aircraft type engine, running about 5 to 1 compression, geared to the moon. It might only have 40 hp, but by virture of it's immense size, can propel an un-faired bicycle type vehicle at the speeds listed.



Count Louis Zbrowski used this formula much the same way with Chitty One (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang), by mounting a 23 litre Maybach Zeppelin motor in a chain-driven Mercedes chassis.



"Babs" broke all kinds of speed records around 1910 at Pendine Sand, Wales. The car eventually killed Parry Thomas, when the chain came off, and wrapped around his neck at about 120 mph. What a way to go.



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Re: Cubic inches (or yards) = speed

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What you have here is a giant low-rpm (low stress) aircraft type engine, running about 5 to 1 compression, geared to the moon.

It might only put out 40 hp, but by virture of it's immense size (400 cubic inches), can propel an un-faired bicycle type vehicle at the speeds listed.

Curtiss made a water-cooled version of this V8, called the OX, for aircraft applications. It displaced 500 cubic inches, and put out around 100 hp.

Count Louis Zbrowski used this formula much the same way with his race car Chitty One (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang), by mounting a 23 litre Maybach Zeppelin motor, in a chain-driven Mercedes chassis.

"Babs" broke all kinds of speed records around 1910 at Pendine Sand, Wales. The car eventually killed Parry Thomas (a famous land speed record holder of the time), when the chain came off, and wrapped around his neck, at about 120 mph. What a way to go.

Size has a virtue all its own.
 

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Re: Big jugs...

Yeah, but that would have to be, a couple of really BIG cylinders, to get 400 cu.in. And don't forget, you have to factor in the weight deal.

One thing odd, take a good look at the motor. Where is the crankcase? You'd think, with 400 cubes, that'd have to be one big mutha spinning around down there. And it doesn't look like a dry-sump...

Look close, those big jugs are just grafted on the case, with nothing underneath. Goofy.

BTW, Curtiss Aviation OX V-8 from looks the same, except for the water cooling.
 

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Re: Big jugs...

Oops, sorry, 244 c.i. Had my calculator set to stun.
 
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