Wednesday, February 25, 2009

More Motor Music

In case you missed the comment on my last post, Doug passed along a wonderful website for those of you who love the sound of engines. You'll find it below.

Here is another little video on guys in Aus playing around with 500 cc 2 stroke twins.

How about a Hayabusa V8 in a Lotus 7 for a short blast.

Here's one for Ken and Steve. Its a Hayabusa V8 in a Radical on the Nordschleife of the Nurburgring. The sound is great but the visual speed is amazing, even if the picture is a little blurry.

Two questions.

1. What is so compelling about these sounds? Maybe the answer is that somehow they sound like a powerful animal. Maybe the growl of a big cat.
2. What do we do when car and bikes are electric or hybrid?

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Motor Music

Some of us have always found that the sound of an engine is one of its most important attributes. These crazy Aussie's created a sweet little 750 cc V-8 engine and the sound is amazing. Enjoy.

Sound file for the Drysdale 750 cc V-8 engine

Now doesn't that sound better than most of you YouTube videos?

This engine was inspired by a 500cc MotoGuzzi racing engine from the 50's. Somehow, they managed a short snippet of that engine at full song on the track.

1957 Guzzi 500cc V-8

Thursday, February 5, 2009

The Last Bite of the Elephant

For those of you who don't know him, Dave Stollery is a friend from my California period. He created the AREX, the concept, the package, the design, and a fair bit of the practical engineering. When I arrived out in California, I met Dave and he sucked me into the AREX project. Or is it the AREX that sucked me in?

I guess you could say that I'm the number two man in terms of contribution to the design of AREX and I did the majority of the engineering. In the end, there are two AREX, one for Dave and one for me. Yes, I do think that the plural of AREX is AREX. Since I moved back to Michigan, the two cars have gone slightly different directions. Dave has done a better job at completing his car, as well as making some small styling changes to update the car and to accommodate his engine.

You see, Dave always loved big, nasty superchargers and, more than anything, he wanted this car to be supercharged. While mine is a simple high performance small block, Dave went the route of a new LS-1 with a supercharger on top. From what Dave says, it has 600 HP and massive torque on tap.

As you can imagine, creating a car like this has been a huge project. Dave had a favorite saying in regards to big projects. He would ask. "How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time." Well Dave's AREX is on the road and working well enough that he is ready to stop working on it and just enjoy it. Now we all know that no project is ever completely done, but for now, here's to Dave and congratulations on the last bite of the elephant.