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Rolls-Royce Merlin

You know you want one.
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The first Rolls-Royce Merlin engine ran in 1933.

To mark an exceptional anniversary, in 2033 Rolls- Royce should produce a limited run of the Rolls- Royce Merlin, a passenger car powered by a Merlin XXIV engine.

The vehicle would be large, unwieldy, fuel- inefficient, unbelievabl noisy, and ludicrously impractical.

Sales are assured, as Jeremy Clarkson will buy at least half the production run.

And we will buy the other half.

8th of 7, Aug 11 2014

More power, not quite as fast as original Spitfire http://www.autoexpr...0mph-bugatti-veyron
[bs0u0155, Aug 11 2014]

RR Crecy http://en.wikipedia...i/Rolls-Royce_Crecy
[bs0u0155, Aug 11 2014]

rather a lot of versions, this one at least has a RR chassis http://www.supercars.net/cars/4769.html
..but not exactly modern on the brakes.. [not_morrison_rm, Aug 11 2014]

The Beast http://en.m.wikiped...in_alternative_uses
Impressive … [8th of 7, Aug 12 2014]

There's another engine called "Merlin" http://en.wikipedia...et_engine_family%29
I suspect [8th of 7] might actually prefer this one over the Rolls Royce version. [Vernon, Aug 12 2014]


       Well, as the original version of the Merlin was about 1100 bhp. That's looking a bit limp wristed now <link> So I'll have a RR Crecy <link>
bs0u0155, Aug 11 2014

       I want to put one of these in a Mini Cooper. Might need to upsize the drivetrain...
sninctown, Aug 11 2014

       I love the Rolls Royce Crecy because A: It's nuts B: even though it's development started in 1941, when we were HEAVILY engaged with Nazi Germany, we STILL decided that we would name it after a battle with the French.
bs0u0155, Aug 11 2014

       I read the wiki carefully, hoping to find that the engines were in a museum some place. " The fate of the six Crecy engines remains unknown ". The test record explains why, I think.   

       Over a four and a half year test period, the word "failure" is mentioned eighteen times in conjunction with words such as bearing, rod, sleeve, piston, casing, etc.   

       And the word "rebuild" is mentioned fifty-nine times.   

       I'm sure the persons involved gleefully set fire to what remained. But I'd like to have one for use in a motorcycle.
normzone, Aug 11 2014

       I assume you mean the V2 test beds? If they were a perfect scale down of the full engine, they'd be 400 bhp 4 litre monsters. The fact that they're 2 stroke means the power delivery would be more like a 4 cylinder though.   

       When I have money, time and an engineering shop* I'd love to put a Mazda Renesis engine into a motorcycle, 17" wide, 250bhp.. smooooth.   

       *this is happens frequently, always at night with my eyes closed.
bs0u0155, Aug 11 2014

       Seem to recollect a Roller with a Merlin engine, on Blue Peter back in the 1970's.
not_morrison_rm, Aug 11 2014

       That was "The Beast", but it wasn't an R-R chassis; it was a one-off homebuild.
8th of 7, Aug 12 2014

       I saw that episode as well. I remember how he joined the traffic flow. One second he was waiting, and the next he was snuggly between 2 cars doing about 30mph.   

       I don't think the engine changed rpm.
Ling, Aug 12 2014

       I once got into a boat-restoration shop in Seattle, that had old wooden raceboats stored in the back. Next to them were several old inline engines on wooden stands. I didn't know enough to recognize the kinds, but I could tell that some were aero engines, and they were beautiful.
baconbrain, Aug 12 2014


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