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RE: le mans
remember that all the le mans "big boys" have built unique engines for this
race. audi sport were asked to use a 5-valve v8 tt, but ended up building a
unique made-for-racing motor using 4v v8 tt. the m-b boys have got v8tt and
v8 n/a and v12 n/a motors to choose from. bmw-williams will be using a
derivative of the n/a 6l v12. so, unless "northstar" is a marketing concept
(which is pretty likely), then i'd be very surprised if gm can get away with
a production motor. highly unlikely.
remember too, that hp is governed by the use of air restrictor plates based
around a weight-related scale, depending upon the class of the car. hence
gt prototype use a different restrictor and have 90l fuel tanks, while gt1
(coupe) use an 80l tank and different restrictor.
you should bear in mind also that the r&s chassis has not been tested
against the euro big boys yet. roll on sebring i guess. will anyone be
going so we can get "live" coverage.
> -----Original Message-----
> Date: Tue, 9 Mar 1999 17:10:06 -0500 (EST)
> From: "Graydon D. Stuckey" <email@example.com>
> Subject: Re: More Racing News
> On Tue, 9 Mar 1999 MSV96@aol.com wrote:
> > << Cadillac's entry in LeMans' prototype category will be
> an open-air sports
> > car developed by Riley & Scott of Indianapolis and powered
> by a twin-
> > turbocharged Northstar engine. >>
> > Not sure how closely you follow sports car racing...but the
> R&S chassis is
> > pretty much the class of the field. This potentially could
> be a seriously
> > formidable combination...
> Agreed. R&S also were the designers of the Chevy Intrepid
> GTP car a few
> years ago, which was fast right out of the box. That car was
> built by
> Pratt-Miller engineering near Detroit. I noticed recently
> that P-M and
> R&S were the two companies that built the Corvette C5Rs for Daytona.
> Those cars also are showing some promise.
> Furthermore, we know that the Northstar engine runs well as a race
> engine, from its experience in IRL, so there's no reason not
> to assume
> the Caddy Lemans car would have prodigious HP levels. I'd say its a
> serious threat. Now I hafta figure out how to get a transfer... :-)