The joys of ancient technology from the Goodwood Festival of Speed

August 13, 2016

W125 iceboxTo reduce drag on a speed-record car you want to avoid the air intakes for the radiator.  Simple – use an ice chest instead, as Mercedes did with their 1938 V12 W125, achieving 432 kph.

 

 

 

 

 

Non-skid tread

 

Tyre tread that says what it does – but I wonder how well it does what it says?

 

 

 

 

Temp gauge

 

 

 

 

 

 

Temperature gauge from an ancient FIAT which includes tabulation of the boiling point of water at different altitudes – useful in the absence of a pressurized cooling system

 

 

 

 

 

IF engine

Need an engine for your recreation of a 1905 land speed record car?  Want some serious torque?  Why not use a 1920s airship engine? This the Isotta Frascgini 16.5 litre, V8 engine, producing 250 hp and 820 lb/ft of torque.

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