Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2002/05/23

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Subject: Re: Wandering OT now Re: [Leica] 16 cyl
Date: Thu, 23 May 2002 23:35:17 EDT

In a message dated 5/23/02 5:17:41 PM Eastern Daylight Time, writes:

> The Bugatti W16 is extremely compact; it is shorter than so-called 
>  'small block' American V8's. It has lots of other problems, such as 
>  heat dissipation and general complexity, but it is compact.

The other serious problem with a 16 cylinder engine in an automobile 
application is the tiny cylinders/pistons. They imply very high rpm's to 
achieve high horsepower but relatively low torque for the displacement. Low 
torque translates into less acceleration that, in normal automobile road use 
is not acceptable.

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