johnny comelately wrote: ↑Fri Oct 28, 2022 6:12 pmEven further back...
"At the beginning of 1909, engineer Julius Ganss was given permission to design a car which could reach a speed of over 200 km/h. Initially Carl Benz was against the project, failing to see the relevance of building a land speed record car when the aim of his company was to build robust and reliable touring cars. But then his attitude changed and he came to the conclusion that the company couldn't ignore the tricks of modern market mechanisms.
Based on the 1908 Benz 150HP racer, the four-cylinder engine was bored out from 15.1-litres to 21.5-litres with an output of 184 hp at 1,500 rpm, which was later increased to 200 hp at 1600 rpm after some development. It was the largest-displacement engine ever to be used in a racing or record car produced by Benz and its weight was 407 kg (the car's total weight was 1,450kg). The development and the task of competing with this monster were assigned to Victor Hémery e Victor Demogeot. ..."
awesome video, thanks for sharingjohnny comelately wrote: ↑Mon Oct 31, 2022 12:21 pmThe Porsche Historic racing division do a stupendous job at restoring their cars.
About 6 years ago they restored one of Sefan Bellof's Rothman's cars, from memory a 956, to perfection.
But apart from all this of course Mark Donohue and Mr Penske had other less than optimal experiences with Porsche and their Can Am cars. They did most of their very effective chassis testing on a simple skid pad, a far cry from todays data driven behemoth.
I would have to recomend the book "The Unfair Advantage" by Mark Donohue.
About 900Nm for 200hp at 1600rpm. Sort of thing decent modern high-performance engines do in a much smaller package. They also make twice the power (or more), but that's progress for you.