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The Napier-Railton is an aero-engined race car built in 1933, designed by Reid Railton to a commission by John Cobb, and built by Thomson & Taylor.

It was driven by Cobb, mainly at the Brooklands race track where it holds the all-time lap record (143.44 mph (230.84 km/h)) which was set in 1935. This stands in perpetuity as the circuit was repurposed for military purposes during the Second World War and was never used as a racing track again.

Between 1933 and 1937 the Napier-Railton broke 47 World speed records at Brooklands, Montlhéry and Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah.

The car is powered by the high compression version (6.1:1) (RAF specification) of the naturally aspirated Napier Lion, a W12 of 23.944 litres (1,461 cu in) capacity, producing 580 brake horse power at 2585 rpm.

The 12 cylinders are in three banks of four (broad-arrow configuration), hence the triple exhaust system, and the engine has standard aerospace features such as dual ignition (magneto type) . The non-syncromesh crash gearbox (aptly named for the horrible noises caused by a mis-shift) has 3 ratios. The fuel tank, located in the boat-tail behind the driver, has a capacity of 65 gallons and fuel consumption was approximately 5 mpg.

Although capable of 168 mph (270 km/h) the car has rear-wheel braking only.
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Could have been subzero, but Needall seems to have
been involved with the Brooklands simulator so:
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Fast deathtraps are cool. Very fast deathtraps with 24 litre engines and no proper brakes that kill you in a spectacular fireball that you could see from the moon after you've flipped off the banking at 143mph = sub zero.

This is cooler than a Citroen SM.
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Sub-zero for sure
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Sub zero.

I mean - a W12! 24 litres! The noise! The spectacle! The utter bonkersness of it!
It is even flying in the middle photo.

You had to be heroic to the point of madness to drive something with almost no brakes at that speed on those roads, with those tyres in those days. Amazing.
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Proper engineering.

As a Brooklands member for last 20-odd years, I still suffer 'jaw scuff' everytime I walk pass it.
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It's definitely super cool
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