Hi Spittoons! (Oh -- maybe not the most appropriate form of address...
Elliott growls upon lower-level acceleration, even with his whopping 43
hp at the rear wheels (dyno-tested -- it's true!). Of course it's not a
growly growl as in say, a Ferrari, a Shelby Mustang, or even a hopped-up
Camaro, but it is a definite wonderful tuned-exhaust kinda sound. It's
one of my favorite things about Spits in general, along with the
cuteness of the car, the joy I get from driving him, and the road
responsiveness. Ya'll know what I mean.
Susan Hensley :)
1968 Mk3 Elliott
Barry Schwartz wrote:
> >Hi there fellow pilots
> >What do you think is the real joy of spitfire ownership, is it the sun
> >and wind on your face, the looks of envy from the drivers of other tin
> >cans, or the growl from the exhaust as you put the pedal to metal?
> < snip >
> (all the following with tongue fully in cheek, of course)
> Maybe it's been way too long since I've driven a "real" Spitfire with it's
> roarty 1147 or even roarty-er 1296 (of which the 70 will have if I ever
> finish it!), or the stump pulling 1493 (which I never had the thrill of
> experiencing, but the only stump I can envision it pulling is if one were
> to attach a rope to said engine and the other end to said stump and toss
> said engine off a cliff :-}), but I can't honestly remember any growl when
> I stepped on my 72's original engine's accelerator! I seem to remember a
> slight change in the note, more of a moan, as if the whopping stock 47 BHP
> of my original engine was protesting what I wanted it to do, but a growl?.
> . .I can't really remember a growl, but it has been an awfully long time
> since then :-)
> Barry Schwartz (San Diego) firstname.lastname@example.org
> 72 FI, V6 Spitfire (daily driver)
> 70 GT6+ (when I don't drive the Spit)
> 70 Spitfire (long term project)