Spitfire Engined Special 2 of 2
A Rolls-Royce Merlin engined special, featured in our June issue, being
fired up. This is a 24-litre V12 and capable of a theoretical 300mph. Video
by Tony Bell.
Awesome V12 Monster diesel engine Awake and Alive startup
Awesome V12 Monster diesel engine Awake and Alive startup
The first V-type engine (a 2-cylinder vee twin) was built in 1889 by
Daimler, to a design by Wilhelm Maybach. By 1903 V8 engines were being
produced for motor boat racing by the Société Antoinette to designs by
Léon Levavasseur, building on experience gained with in-line four-cylinder
engines. In 1904, the Putney Motor Works completed a new V12 marine racing
engine -- the first V12 engine produced for any purpose. Known as the
'Craig-Dörwald' engine after Putney's founding partners, the engine
mounted pairs of L-head cylinders at a 90 degree included angle on an
aluminium crankcase, using the same cylinder pairs that powered the
company's standard 2-cylinder car. A single camshaft mounted in the central
vee operated the valves directly. As in many marine engines, the camshaft
could be slid longitudinally to engage a second set of cams, giving valve
timing that reversed the engine's rotation to achieve astern propulsion.
"Starting is by pumping a charge into each cylinder and switching on the
trembler coils. A sliding camshaft gave direct reversing. The camshaft has
fluted webs and main bearings in graduated thickness from the largest at
the flywheel end." Displacing 1,119.9 cuin (18,352 cc) (bore and stroke
of 4.875" x 5" (123.8 x 127 mm)), the engine weighed 950 pounds (430 kg)
and developed 150 bhp (110 kW). Little is known of the engine's
achievements in the 40-foot hull for which it was intended, while a scheme
to use the engine to power heavy freight vehicles never came to
fruition. One V12 Dörwald marine engine was found still running in a
Hong Kong junk in the late-1960s.
Two more V12s appeared in the 1909-10 motor boat racing season. The Lamb
Boat & Engine Company of Clinton, Iowa built a 1,558.6 cuin (25,541 cc
(5.25" x 6" (133.4 x 152.4 mm)) engine for the company's 32-foot Lamb IV.
It weighed in at 2,114 pounds (959 kg). No weight is known for the massive
3,463.6 cuin (56,758 cc) (7" x 7.5" (177.8 x 190.5 mm)) F-head engine built
by the Orleans Motor Company. Output is quoted as "nearly 400 bhp (300
By 1914, when Panhard built two 2,356.2 cuin (38,611 cc) (5" x 10" (127 x
254 mm)) engines with four-valve cylinder heads the V12 was well
established in motor boat racing.
In automobiles, V12 engines have not been common due to their complexity
and cost. They are used almost exclusively in expensive sports and luxury
cars because of their power, smoother operation and distinctive sound.
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① ROLLS ROYCE GRIFFON , MERLIN , ALVIS LEONIDES , GROUND RUN - DUXFORD 2010 , ( PART 1 )
(PART 1 OF 2)
WHAT AN AWESOME SOUND THESE THREE ENGINES PRODUCED , FENCED OFF IN THEIR
OWN COMPOUND ON THE FLIGHT LINE AT DUXFORD FLYING LEGENDS AIRSHOW ON
10-7-2010 , WHEN THE ENGINES FINISHED RUNNING YOU WERE ALLOWED INTO THE
COMPOUND FOR A CLOSE UP AND PERSONAL LOOK AT THESE BEASTS , A BRILLIANT DAY
ALL ROUND , EVEN IF I HADNT SEEN THE AIRSHOW IT WOULD HAVE BEEN WORTH THE
TRIP JUST TO SEE THESE BEASTS RUNNING ! ROLLS ROYCE MERLIN V12 500/29 -
1620 HP - 27 LITRE - ( 27,000 CC ) , ROLLS ROYCE GRIFFON V12 , MK 58 , 36.7
LITRE ( 36,700 CC ) , ALVIS LEONIDES MK 173 , 9 CYLINDER 550 HP , 11.8
LITRE ( 11,800 CC ) SYCAMORE HELICOPTOR ENGINE , VIDEO BY PETE , STILLS
BY DEAN .
NRE Encounters Black Hole While Testing Engine. 2500 HP 632CI BBC. Nelson Racing Engines. Camaro.
This is an unusual NRE Dyno room visit. First, this
beast broke the Dyno
again. Second, this engine is one of the meanist engines Tom has ever
designed. Tom has to go to extreme measures to test this extreme horsepower engine. Then
there is the issue of the encounter with the Black Hole. Man that is
crazy! The City of Chatsworth seems to have questions. Its not our fault!
We usually upload new videos on Friday when available so you can look for
them. The uploader in chief is out of town this Friday. Look for a new
car video on friday about two weeks from now. More information can be
found at http://nelsonracingengines.com as well as
http://nelsonsupercars.com. For media production go to
http://VeritasMovieStudio.com. Take a look on Google for, TRYHRD
Australia, our Customer's beast. NRE TV episode 177.
This is redneck ingenuity in its purist form. An old car frame, some tired
iron, a few belts and pulleys and away we go.
Builder/operator unknown. This was captured at the Santa Fe Trail Tired
Iron Show west of Larned Ks. Oct 11, 2008
Permission has been granted to NBC Comcast Entertainment Group to use the
video 'Redneck GoCart' on the SYFY channel on the "Insane or Inspired"
series begining Friday May 25th, 2012. This video is supposed to appear
in 'Motorized Moments' on June 22nd, 2012.
Update: This did appear on SYFY's "Insane or Inspired" June 22nd, 2012. It
came in as number 7 of the top 25 most outragous backyard creations.
Are you a Redneck fan?
Check out: Redneck Can Crusher
Also: Redneck Biplane
Men Bet Their Lives on It -- Packard Merlin Engines
Rolls-Royce developed the legendary Merlin engine that held land, aviation
and water speed records. It was unmatched but the Rolls factories were
threatened during WWII and the company needed a partner in a safe country
that could produce the engines as well. They also had to be able to
produce them up to Rolls-Royce standards. Packard was the one.
Packard built Merlin engines for the Lancaster bombers, P-51 Mutangs and
other airplanes during WWII in its Detroit Factory with American workers
who served on the home front by transforming the auto factories into the
Arsenal of Democracy. Many credit the industrial might of this country
with winning the War.
These engines won the Battle of Britain and took the fight far into
Germany. Other Packard engines were enlisted to power PT Boats.
For More information: http://www.pt-boat.com/