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The size of the drive (powered) wheels is more important in locomotive construction than with automobiles. a massive military tank built by Czarist Russia had 27 foot drive wheels and two hopped-up truck/marine engines. it managed less than ten miles per hour before running amuck in simulated trench mud- needless to say no battle career followed. There is someting towards a long chassis and hood housing a larger engine, and if coupled with lower center of gravity- better balance. Europe literally went to the front with this one (not the war front, here talking about sports cars_ the Mercedes-Benz SSk is a sterling example. the ideal was a long hood and a low silhouette and plenty of power under that long hood. being low to the ground increases useful tractive effort, as may well be imagined. your interest in the technical aspects of the sports cars is admirable. one wishes there were more like you! as you can tell I:m a railroad Buff and some interest in Czarist Russia also. Good luck.

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Q: Does a long car with big wheels go faster than a short car with little wheels?
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