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Author Topic: 249MPH at Le Mans  (Read 1998 times)

Offline lkjohnson1950

249MPH at Le Mans
« on: July 03, 2018, 03:04:56 AM »
Derek Bell talks of 917s and 962s at LeMans. If his memories don't interest you, skip to about 5:45 for in car video of the 917L at 249 MPH on the Mulsanne. No chicanes!!



Lonny

Offline Calman

Re: 249MPH at Le Mans
« Reply #1 on: July 03, 2018, 07:32:17 AM »
I hate the overuse of this word these days, but it's fitting for a reaction to this footage ..... AWESOME!!!!

Best Regards,
Cal :)
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Offline cosworth151

Re: 249MPH at Le Mans
« Reply #2 on: July 03, 2018, 08:45:49 PM »
Fantastic, Lonnie!

Derek's stories confirmed a long-held belief of mine. Of all of the unspeakable evils that the FIA have foisted on the racing world, the destruction of the Mulsane straight with those damned chicanes is by far the worst.
“You can search the world over for the finer things, but you won't find a match for the American road and the creatures that live on it.”
― Bob Dylan

Offline Scott

Re: 249MPH at Le Mans
« Reply #3 on: July 04, 2018, 07:51:33 AM »
What a fun piece to watch.  Thanks Lonny!

 :good: :good:
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Offline jimclark

Re: 249MPH at Le Mans
« Reply #4 on: July 15, 2018, 12:18:57 PM »
Derek Bell talks of 917s and 962s at LeMans. If his memories don't interest you, skip to about 5:45 for in car video of the 917L at 249 MPH on the Mulsanne. No chicanes!!


I've been a Bell fan since "back in the day" but I have a problem with a race spec 917 doing 249 anywhere, let alone on the Mulsanne. That would have made big news back then (like the WM/Peugeot did when it hit 252) but I have no recollection of such news. Methinks that's because it didn't happen.  ;)
'Haven't watched the video (I will)...is it a special 917...not race spec from back then?  :DntKnw:
« Last Edit: July 15, 2018, 12:42:42 PM by jimclark »
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Offline lkjohnson1950

Re: 249MPH at Le Mans
« Reply #5 on: July 15, 2018, 04:07:48 PM »
No, just a race spec long tail.
Lonny

Offline jimclark

Re: 249MPH at Le Mans
« Reply #6 on: July 22, 2018, 06:52:34 AM »
'Sorry about the delay in responding; 'don't get here too often;
No, just a race spec long tail.
Like I said, with all due respect for Derek, I think he was exaggerating a tad.
I could see a modified 917 with a 1,000 HP 917/10 or 30  turbo engine doing it but the "normal"ish 600ish HP pushing it to 250? Not.  :nono:
The WM had 900ish HP and late '80s aero designed just to break 400 kmh (250 mph).  ;) :)

Take a gander at the top speeds for practice and race of '70-71 and '88:
http://www.mulsannescorner.com/maxspeed.html

"Those were the days my friends. We thought they'd never end..."

jimclark

Offline cosworth151

Re: 249MPH at Le Mans
« Reply #7 on: July 22, 2018, 03:00:14 PM »
Back in those days, we used to put the letters "SRA" after calculations like that. It stood for Slide Rule Accuracy. This might be an extreme example of that.  ;)
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Offline jimclark

Re: 249MPH at Le Mans
« Reply #8 on: August 28, 2020, 12:23:29 AM »
Slide rule? SLIDE RULE???!!! You were using a slide rule?!

All I had was an abacus.....!!!! (For checking the calculations, my fingers and toes.... :()

 :tease:  :crazy:

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