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Calming The Crankshaft Of Honda’s Six-Cylinder Racer

  • By cannonball

The legend of Honda’s RC166 is that with Mike Hailwood at the controls the six-cylinder machine won eight straight 250cc Grand Prix races in 1966, a time in which only a rider’s seven best results were scored. Some of you may have heard—live or on a recording—the otherworldly rapid whoop, whoop, whoop of the six being warmed up, a sound so unlike that of any previous internal combustion engine that it was closest to the yelping of hounds.


“This system made crank center into a node, effectively cutting the free vibrating length of the crank in half”