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The 906 which Geoff Brabham and friends used to win the Le Mans 24-hour race in abouit 1989 or 1990 (I think. Such a long time ago.).
Too heavy to climb, too old to sprint.
Roger Ramjet: 2009 Giant CRX3
Lady Penelope: 2011 Avanti Cadent 1.0 TdF
905 Evo.1- but the Evo.2 was more of a monster due to its extreme downforce. However, Sport 3.5L destroyed sports-car racing. Alien, expensive machines that were far out of reach of the average ordinary team like the Kremers, Reinhold Joest or Richard Lloyd and others. Those three were some of the best of the privateer entrants, but Sport 3.5L, and being successful at it would have been out of their financial abilities. Even the might of Mercedes and Sauber together struggled against the French juggernaut.
Liked the 908 HDi as well. Big brutish diesel with a huge amount of power and lots of torque. The Le Mans organisers really got caught out when they devised the rules for diesels. I don't know if they intended for them to get such a big advantage.
Oh hang on, was this supposed to be about bicycles? I admit, I've not got much idea about them, before my time.
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Late 1960's to early 1970s PX10
Something like this
It would not be at all strange if history came to the conclusion that the perfection of the bicycle was the greatest achievement of the nineteenth century.
What do you reckon about the old Holden 308? It seems to be hilarious that it could produce 180 kw back in 1969 but changing to fuel injection reduced the power so that twin throttle bodies and other modifications were needed in the first HSV, the Walkinshaw in 1988 to produce 180kw again!
Anti-pollution laws which came into effect in 1976 changed things quite a bit. Example: The 202 in a HQ Kingswood made 101kw... whereas the same engine in a VB Commo only made 66kw. The 308 in a VB made 125kw...
Also, there was a fuel crisis in the early 70s, which took the focus away from 'power' and shifted it to 'economy.'
And also around that time, Ralph Nader's book "Unsafe at any speed" gained traction in the market.
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