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Old 05-28-2012, 03:35 PM   #1246
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Old 05-28-2012, 03:36 PM   #1247
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Old 05-28-2012, 06:05 PM   #1248
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A few pics from my visit to Il Museo di Ferrari last month.







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Old 05-28-2012, 09:34 PM   #1249
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Old 05-28-2012, 09:41 PM   #1250
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Andrew, if you have have a chance could you post the rest of your museum pix?
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Old 05-28-2012, 11:30 PM   #1251
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http://www.caranddriver.com/features...l-time-feature









The stats are the stuff of legend: The Bug’s 8.0-liter, 1000-plus-hp W-16 is the most powerful and complex production engine in history. It has 64 valves, four turbochargers, and enough pavement-shredding grunt—922 lb-ft at 2200 rpm—to wrinkle God’s underwear. Its W-shaped, 16-cylinder layout, essentially an orgy of narrow-angle Volkswagen VR4s, has never been used before and likely never will be again. Oh, and it comes with a warranty.
This is a once-in-a-lifetime engineering unicorn, kind of like what would happen if the Apollo space program and Ferdinand Porsche somehow jointly got the Titanic pregnant. If that ain’t interesting, we don’t know what is.
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Old 06-04-2012, 09:13 AM   #1252
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Old 06-05-2012, 10:12 AM   #1253
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The stats are the stuff of legend: The Bug’s 8.0-liter, 1000-plus-hp W-16 is the most powerful and complex production engine in history. It has 64 valves, four turbochargers, and enough pavement-shredding grunt—922 lb-ft at 2200 rpm—to wrinkle God’s underwear. Its W-shaped, 16-cylinder layout, essentially an orgy of narrow-angle Volkswagen VR4s, has never been used before and likely never will be again. Oh, and it comes with a warranty.
This is a once-in-a-lifetime engineering unicorn, kind of like what would happen if the Apollo space program and Ferdinand Porsche somehow jointly got the Titanic pregnant. If that ain’t interesting, we don’t know what is.

I think they missed this one as one of the most unusual:

Napier Sabre, just a bit bigger (36.65 liters), more powerful (3000 hp, up to 4000 in later marks), and with an H-24 layout and sleeve valves, at least as complex.



http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Napier_Sabre
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Old 06-05-2012, 12:50 PM   #1254
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New rule: if your're going to post a pic of an interesting, compelling, or awe-inspiring engine, you have to at least post the name of the manufacturer.
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Old 06-05-2012, 12:53 PM   #1255
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News to me!

I never heard of a sleeve valve engine until I read about the Napier. Thanks for posting.
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Old 06-05-2012, 02:39 PM   #1256
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Old 06-05-2012, 03:03 PM   #1257
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There must have been a test cell full of very happy people when this was first run up and worked. I've seen this cut away and it's just incredible that they could get all those bits and pieces to work together

All engineering done with slide rules and paper and pencil!
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Old 06-05-2012, 04:37 PM   #1258
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There must have been a test cell full of very happy people when this was first run up and worked. I've seen this cut away and it's just incredible that they could get all those bits and pieces to work together

All engineering done with slide rules and paper and pencil!
This is an actual operating miniature Rolls-Royce Eagle 22 engine that is the same configuration as the Napier Sabre:

http://www.enginehistory.org/ModelEn...eagle_22.shtml
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Old 06-05-2012, 07:04 PM   #1259
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newer gen stuff coming along..
http://www.coatesengine.com/
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Old 06-05-2012, 09:46 PM   #1260
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http://www.coatesengine.com/
Welcome to the early 1990's. I got to check that system out when I was a Ford engineer back then. Yes the heads flow well. The problem is that there can be no oil up top because it will get into the combustion chambers and compromise emissions.

As a result, the carbon seals on the spherical valves will go away long before the 100,000 miles needed to pass Federal emissions certification. It was a deal-breaker then and I don't see anything new or different on that web page.
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