I might have solved the mystery (to me anyway) of one of the Pankl rods.
I've been wondering whether this was a 'real' rod or not:
I found this image today for the Renault RS27 V8 and it sure looks like the same rod to me:
Anyone with more info care to confirm or deny?
This is a piston from the same engine. Maybe. (If it's on the internet, it must be true, right?) This piston is unique in my limited experience with the detached / floating skirts. I've only seen one other that came close and it had a window cut into the non-thrust side skirt, which is tame compared to this. The pin location also seems quite low, but maybe that's a secondary effect of the thin bottom land? Maybe this was just a design exercise?
Compared to all of the other V8 pieces (See first post) both the Renault rod and piston are quite different. I find that really interesting as everyone is using roughly the same design tools, and in this case probably even the same manufacturers. So how did Renault end up going this way when everyone else went that way?