Post by David Lawson on Jun 14, 2012 14:07:19 GMT -5
The car had a Napier Lion aero engine that dated back to 1921, it gave 564bhp at 2,350rpm on a compression ratio of 6 to 1 and a maximum of 590bhp at 2,700rpm. The team declined the opportunity of installing either the 1927 Lion engine that gave 875bhp at 3,300rpm or the 1929 Schneider Trophy version that gave 1295bhp
He generally ran the car between 2,000 and 2,200rpm and holds the outright lap record at Brooklands of 143.44mph.
I've no information about 0-100 figures as the car was a long distance machine and I dread to think what the braking figures were like as it only had rear wheel brakes...
Out of interest to those of you in the USA, this car was driven at the salt flats in Utah in 1935 to a 24-hour world record of 137.40mph and an hour record of 152.70mph.
I often see the car when I visit Brooklands and have so much admiration for John Cobb's ability and bravery at taming this giant.