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Old 20 May 2007, 18:16 (Ref:1917379)   #31
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Ofcourse when you are doing high sppeds, such as some of the BSC venues, you then encounter the aero drag factor and frontal area is a main factor. Hence you need something with the frontal dimensions of a Basil Davenport's Spider, including 3 inch wide tyres. Might be fine if you had a rolling start and the Championship consisted of Brighton, Brighton and err Brighton

Once again cubes win, you still need brute force to push it through the air !!

So I'd save your pennies and not bother lining Mario's pockets

But if you want 1100 class wins then go ahead
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Old 23 May 2007, 10:39 (Ref:1919441)   #32
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Currently the attempts to either Turbocharge or Supercharge bike engines has not been successful, which isn't to say that they will continue to be so. However I suspect that they will still struggle to beat a good V8.

What makes you say that?

The lastest superchargered version of our Firehawk (owned by Wallace Menzies) is putting out 360 bhp @ the wheels (172lb/ft torque) from a 1400cc Busa and we know more power is available either by running an intercooler or methanol. (this equates to 1080 bhp/ton which is compareable to a V8 powered unlimted class car).

Last weekend at Knockhill the car finished 3rd which isn't bad when you consider Roy was pulling 175mph down the straights compared to our 138 mph (on the rev limiter in 6th)
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Old 23 May 2007, 11:55 (Ref:1919494)   #33
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If you take a Gould @ approx 450kgs/650bhp you get 1444 bhp/ton. which as Hillspeed says "you need brute force" to push it through the air.

The extra benefit of having excess power is that you can then run more aero without having to worry about the drag.

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Old 23 May 2007, 12:18 (Ref:1919504)   #34
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What makes you say that?

The lastest superchargered version of our Firehawk (owned by Wallace Menzies) is putting out 360 bhp @ the wheels (172lb/ft torque) from a 1400cc Busa and we know more power is available either by running an intercooler or methanol. (this equates to 1080 bhp/ton which is compareable to a V8 powered unlimted class car).

Last weekend at Knockhill the car finished 3rd which isn't bad when you consider Roy was pulling 175mph down the straights compared to our 138 mph (on the rev limiter in 6th)
I posted the comment about forced induction motor bike engines prior to my trip to Knockhill.

After seeing Wallace Menzies and the Firehawk I have to say that this combination looks very impressive. Still a few wrinkles to iron out but at Knockhill it went exceptionally well.

So my latest conclusion is that a forced induction bike-engined single seater could do very well indeed if committed to a full season in the British Sprint Championship. I remain to be convinced on their suitability for the British Hillclimb Championship - hopefully I will be won over at Doune!

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Old 23 May 2007, 12:38 (Ref:1919516)   #35
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What is impressive is that to have all that power and get away with little rear wheels. You would also think that it would have a lot of strain on the gearbox being designed for a lot less load.
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Old 23 May 2007, 15:23 (Ref:1919618)   #36
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It's possible that the gearbox survives because of the little wheels?

I think there is probably a reasonable correlation between power and speed trap readings. Tony Hunt's Force is fitted with a supercharged Haybusa and provides a sort of benchmark.

Looking at last August's Gurston Down (first speed trap) and Shelsley meetings (finish speed),

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Tony Hunt      115 115
Tom New        111 122
Trevor Willis  112 122
Groves/Ranson  134 144
Trevor has a lot more go this year, but is having transmission difficulties. Tom's Shelsley best was a bit of a one off, he was more usually at 115ish. Tony's relatively poor Shelsley is probably related to handling difficulties in Top Ess (check out his Dunn video on StreetFire).

There's a huge gulf between 115mph and 134mph, I don't see what you can do to the bike engine to bridge it., especially given the relative friendliness of the NME and the overall effectiveness of the GR55 chassis.

Hopefully we'll get some more good data over the next two meetings, and I'm looking forward to seeing Graeme out again, especially at the Gurston and Shelsley dynamometers...

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Old 28 May 2007, 02:08 (Ref:1922492)   #37
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If you take a Gould @ approx 450kgs/650bhp you get 1444 bhp/ton. which as Hillspeed says "you need brute force" to push it through the air.

The extra benefit of having excess power is that you can then run more aero without having to worry about the drag.

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When talking about pushing through the air, the weight of the car isn't a factor, but the power, frontal area and Cd is.
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Old 28 May 2007, 08:38 (Ref:1922568)   #38
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When talking about pushing through the air, the weight of the car isn't a factor, but the power, frontal area and Cd is.
I would agree however most of the British Hillclimb cars have a barn door hanging out of the back; you would call it a rear wing!

The brute force is needed to push this through the air.



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Old 28 May 2007, 17:20 (Ref:1923039)   #39
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Ofcousre Steve it's just not the V8s that have "barn doors" so even with a mere 270hp you still need some downforce

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Old 28 May 2007, 21:04 (Ref:1923250)   #40
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Barn Doors

Look about the same I would say. Although I suspect the barn door fitted to the Force may be a little lighter.
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Is that 270 bhp from a bike engine?

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Is that 270 bhp from a bike engine?

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I think that 270 bhp from a normally aspirated Hayabusa on carbs and pump petrol is very optimistic, even though Cookies engine was exceptional.
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Ofcousre Steve it's just not the V8s that have "barn doors" so even with a mere 270hp you still need some downforce

Precisely my point! The 3.5 litre NME engined Gould has more power and torque available to push its "barn door" through the air so will inevitanbly be quicker given two drivers of equal ability.

As for the weight factor, I doubt that the difference in weight between the two rear wings would cause any great performance differential. Possibly the reverse as a heavier rear wing might (a) not deform as much under the immense pressures, and (b) with its extra weight give better traction at slow speeds.

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I think that 270 bhp from a normally aspirated Hayabusa on carbs and pump petrol is very optimistic, even though Cookies engine was exceptional.

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