Generate 7w of electricity by walking

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Re: Generate 7w of electricity by walking

Post by terri » Tue Sep 13, 2005 12:29 pm

I remember in college a friend of mine got himself a brand new Austin-Healey Mille Miglia, and when he was asked how much horsepower it had, he'd say (with suitable pseudo-snottiness and a heavy British accent), "Oh we don't rate these motor cars in horsepower. We use furlong-stones per fortnight!"<p>(Nyuk-nyuk-nyuk.)<p>[ September 13, 2005: Message edited by: terri ]</p>
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Re: Generate 7w of electricity by walking

Post by Chris Smith » Tue Sep 13, 2005 3:09 pm

"Taxable horse power" in Britain almost broke the bank and the industry. <p>They taxed the diameter of the piston,[surface area] and charged a tax on the motor accordingly, hence the industry went with one inch pistons and a log stroke. <p>Bad Idea for designing a good motor. <p>A "square" motor is the only way to go, equal stroke depth to the diameter of the piston.

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Re: Generate 7w of electricity by walking

Post by Robert Reed » Tue Sep 13, 2005 5:19 pm

Ahh-but those grossly Under square V-12s and V-16s of circa 1930, 1940 were so smooth and sounded so beautiful.

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Re: Generate 7w of electricity by walking

Post by Chris Smith » Tue Sep 13, 2005 6:38 pm

Ahh, but they didn’t weather the years so well? <p>The Brits did wonders with their government on their back, and survived by "who knows how"? <p>Some of the best bikes and cars came out of the UK,.... mini copers and the cooper S, lotus, triumph 650, Arial Square four, Norton, etc .... and they also made some of the best junk on earth! <p>Ford cortinas, escorts, and a few others.

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