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June 9th, 2009
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What car?
What's done the standing quarter mile in 13.5 - about the same as a BMW M3 or Aston Martin Vanquish - even though it STARTED in 4th?
Is now 40 years old?
Develops 220bhp at 1800rpm, 470bhp at 2000rpm? (No, I didn't miss a 0 off those rpm numbers)
Has a 24litre engine?
Is nicknamed "The ultimate laxative" ?

Yes, it’s the Napier Bentley

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Date:June 9th, 2009 09:26 am (UTC)
Really impressive, in a scary way. That really shows how progress has happened - it needs vastly more engine capacity than modern cars. (The poor thing needs it desperately though, because of that pathetic rpm figure. A modern F1 vehicle gets that power out of an engine little more than a tenth of the size - and it doesn't have to lug half a ton of metal.)

My father was racing back ten years before that thing was built. My last car drank less in fuel, could go faster, and carried me in greater comfort than the Jaguar he used to throw round Silverstone.

Like the big Amrican muscle cars, it'd be good for pulling a plough. The great thing with low-revs/high-displacement engines is that they do have great pulling power. I'd really hate to drive it though: the suspension and traction systems won't be a patch on modern ones, and I'd expect wheel spin to be a real problem.
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Date:June 9th, 2009 10:58 am (UTC)
If it was there in 2007 I probably have a pic of it myself, in http://www.davebudd.org.uk/oulton/slideshow.html
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Date:June 9th, 2009 11:51 am (UTC)
My camera has a shutter-priority mode but I can't remember if I used it - probably not!
I just panned with the cars right through the bit where it goes dark while you wait for the thing to actually take the shot... There were more pics where I missed the target. Had it set to continuous focus - eats batteries!
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