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Subject: Re: Wandering OT now Re: [Leica] 16 cyl
From: Henning Wulff <>
Date: Thu, 23 May 2002 21:49:50 -0700
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At 11:35 PM -0400 5/23/02, wrote:
>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.

The 8 liter Bugatti engine takes care of that; 500cc per cylinders 
isn't that bad, and an 8 liter displacement can take care of torque. 
Besides, I think the Bugatti is turbocharged, which ups the torque 
even further. We'll just have to wait for the test reports to see if 
it's driveable, since I doubt we'll get many first hand reports from 
the LUG :-).

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