nitro-nige wrote:You can have a look at the USFRA 36 Hp challenge.
"Tom Bruch's small 1378 cc single port 36 HP turbo motor at 103.497 MPH"
Hi Nige, Tom Bruch's 'Small' 1378cc is actually pretty large for a 36hp - the limitation to capacity is the head stud spacing - this has to be retained to be eligible for the 36hp challenge records, other than that capacity is free, although I think there will be an equilibrium between too much capacity and not enough induction as there are limits to heads and carbs that need to be followed too. The turbo would certainly help in this case.
Tom's car is the current 36hp record holder for the NA36 category (New-Age Turbocharged) and is the overall record holder for a Beetle bodied 36hp powered vehicle. The only higher speed recorded is Dick Beiths 129.100 record from 1963 for a 36hp powered lakester.
I've been working with Burly Burlile (the 36hp challenge creator) to try and get a 36hp challenge set up here in Australia. I've spoken to a few of the committee members who will hopefully be reviewing the idea at the next committee meeting. There's a bit more info over at my site where there's a group setup for those interested - http://www.vdubber.com/groups/entry/Saltflat-Racers