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Carmageddon

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27 posts

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I was thinking about how Bugatti wielded together two V8's to make the Veyron, and then had an idea, if they really want to push a car to it's limits, why not wield together two V12's? It would be difficult to make a car wide enough, but if they attach them vertically, it could work. Imagine that, 10 billion horsepower and 2,000 mph. Does anyone else think this could work, or am I dreaming?

Beirut Taxi

5,696 posts

98 months

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You can't "weld" it together.

Even if you could It wouldn't last very long, especially in a high performance application.


Why do you think Bugatti welded two V8s together?! I can guarantee you they didn't.

Edited by Beirut Taxi on Sunday 4th October 15:22

Carmageddon

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27 posts

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Apart from the fact that Jeremy Clarkson said,
"They wielded together two V8's to make a W16,"
I don't know where I got that idea from.
I don't mean to literally wield them together, just have them working in unison.

jamesson

2,034 posts

105 months

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It's "weld", not "wield".

whitevanman88

1,012 posts

64 months

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I think your sums might be a little off. Possibly?

Also are you a clarkson evangelist?

Edited by whitevanman88 on Sunday 4th October 15:57

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Carpie

1,100 posts

79 months

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Why not build a car with a thousand cylinders, it would make even more power.

It's just about space, cooling, and also the requirement. The aim was 1000bhp, getting it out of fewer cylinders/less displacement is better engineering.

Kozy

2,859 posts

102 months

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Why stop there, why not weild together 4 V12s and make an X48 octi-turbo?

Somnophore

1,364 posts

60 months

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The Veyron features an 8.0 litre W16 engine — 16 cylinders in two banks of eight cylinders, or the equivalent of two narrow-angle V8 engines mated in a "W" configuration. Each cylinder has four valves for a total of 64, but the narrow staggered 8 configuration allows two overhead camshafts to drive two banks of cylinders so only four camshafts are needed. The engine is fed by four turbochargers and displaces 7,993 cubic centimetres (487.8 cu in), with a square 86 mm by 86 mm (3.4 in × 3.4 in) bore and stroke.

Is what I found on wikiedia, I appreciate wikipedia isnt always infallible.

hairyben

3,362 posts

67 months

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The W16 is roughly the length of a V12 and, due to the number of cylinders and density/compactness of the design, has serious cooling issues that had to be overcome by the designers. A W24 would be difficult to package in a car and probably exacerbate the cooling problems.
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