Author Topic: Tracked Land Speed Record Contender  (Read 4088 times)

Offline Claymore

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Tracked Land Speed Record Contender
« on: June 01, 2017, 10:22:59 PM »
Am currently on my jolly hols but might give this a go when I get back home...  ;)
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Re: Tracked Land Speed Record Contender
« Reply #1 on: June 02, 2017, 03:01:26 AM »
Looking forward to seeing what you have in mind.
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Re: Tracked Land Speed Record Contender
« Reply #2 on: June 02, 2017, 07:49:40 AM »
A de-mil'ed S-tank, perhaps?

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Re: Tracked Land Speed Record Contender
« Reply #3 on: June 03, 2017, 03:02:33 AM »
Something like Ripsaw perhaps:

https://youtu.be/Z8uUqdsz78g
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Re: Tracked Land Speed Record Contender
« Reply #4 on: June 03, 2017, 03:25:00 AM »
Abrams engine, drive and suspension on a new, narrowed lightweight carbon-fibre hull.
Some sort of rubberized track system, just enough 'tooth' for traction but smooth enough
for high-speeds.
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Re: Tracked Land Speed Record Contender
« Reply #5 on: June 03, 2017, 08:51:42 AM »
Mrs Kitnut's Dad was in the REME. During that time he was on the 'Recovery Team' and on one call he had to attend a crash. Apparently (and this was straight from the horse's mouth), he had to go recover a Scorpion tank which had shed a track. Only this was on an 'M' road in the UK. It had been doing over 95 mph when the track decided it had enough and the end result was it ran over a few civilian vehicles.  After that a governor was added to the drive train to restrict the top speed considerably.

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Re: Tracked Land Speed Record Contender
« Reply #6 on: June 04, 2017, 12:06:59 AM »
 :) I was thinking of doing a ground version of the post war air racers.
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Offline Claymore

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Re: Tracked Land Speed Record Contender
« Reply #7 on: June 05, 2017, 07:38:26 PM »
Mrs Kitnut's Dad was in the REME. During that time he was on the 'Recovery Team' and on one call he had to attend a crash. Apparently (and this was straight from the horse's mouth), he had to go recover a Scorpion tank which had shed a track. Only this was on an 'M' road in the UK. It had been doing over 95 mph when the track decided it had enough and the end result was it ran over a few civilian vehicles.  After that a governor was added to the drive train to restrict the top speed considerably.

I'm note sure about 95mph but a few years ago we (the RAF Regt) held the tracked land speed record in a Scorpion (or perhaps a Spartan) and I think it was something like 75mph. This was achieved by closing off a section of the A1 dual carriageway close to RAF Catterick and pulling out all the stops. Interesting thing is that the following week the same vehicle had a catastrophic failure of one of its front drive sprockets causing a track to shed. Fortunately it wasn't going that fast but still ended up in some unsuspecting persons front garden. Just as well it didn't happen when doing its speed run.
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Re: Tracked Land Speed Record Contender
« Reply #8 on: June 05, 2017, 07:39:19 PM »
Nice ideas guys and food for thought.  :)
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Re: Tracked Land Speed Record Contender
« Reply #9 on: June 05, 2017, 10:20:40 PM »
Do you have Crismon's book on US Military Tracked Vehicles? In the APC section with the M113, it shows the vehicle that set the record on a gravel track at Aberdeen back in the '60s or '70s, I think.

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Offline Claymore

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Re: Tracked Land Speed Record Contender
« Reply #10 on: June 06, 2017, 10:11:59 AM »
Do you have Crismon's book on US Military Tracked Vehicles? In the APC section with the M113, it shows the vehicle that set the record on a gravel track at Aberdeen back in the '60s or '70s, I think.

Cheers,

Logan

No, but I'll see if I can find a pic. Thanks.  :)
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Re: Tracked Land Speed Record Contender
« Reply #11 on: June 06, 2017, 12:09:27 PM »
Sorry, I don't have the time to do a proper scan, but these should give you the idea.



What's particularly impressive is that it achieved those speeds over a gravel track. Makes you wonder what it could do on pavement.

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Logan

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Re: Tracked Land Speed Record Contender
« Reply #12 on: June 06, 2017, 08:17:03 PM »
Also makes me wonder what it could do to pavement... ;D 

I like the idea - looking forward to seeing what comes next.

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Re: Tracked Land Speed Record Contender
« Reply #13 on: June 07, 2017, 12:36:32 PM »
Speaking of 'hot rodding' and military vehicles (yeah I know no tracks),
Wally Parks with his Philippines ride, a 'Jeep' (which may be a Bantam),
that he hot-rodded with a massaged 136 cu in (2.2 L) Ford V8-60 flathead.



For those not familiar with Wally Parks he was a co-founder of Hot Rod magazine and founder of the
NHRA.
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Offline Claymore

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Re: Tracked Land Speed Record Contender
« Reply #14 on: June 30, 2017, 07:04:24 AM »
I really had no idea where I was going with this and whether or not anything would materialise...

It really is surprising what you can do with a razor saw!  Pics to follow in due course.  ;)
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