Walter Christie’s 1909 100 Horsepower Racing Car: We cover the interesting construction details of the last Christie built with the complete article from the
Automobile magazine. Learn all about the FWD car and its SOHC V-four with a 7.5-inch bore x 7-inch stroke, which yielded a whopping 1237 CI. It featured
30.5-inch long connecting rods! See all the details @ http://theoldmotor.com/?p=114991
By racing standards this is a very heavy car. I have had dirt track 37 Fords that weighed less.
Front wheel drive... That is very interesting. Still, that most have made for a very unique driving experience!
With all that weight on the front it must of made the back end very loose
Here's a Hemmings article on Christie's FWD racers: http://blog.hemmings.com/index.php/2014/01/16/cars-of-futures-past-christie-fron t-wheel-drive-racers/
David,That car looks like the car Barney Oldfield was pictured in for a Firestone tire comercial? A early picture of this car without the sheatmetal was posted by Rob? Bud in Wheeler.
Yes it is the same car except the radiator had been changed when Oldfield ran the car between 1912 and 1916
That thing is cool,but looks complicated!
I bet Barney was deaf.
Walter Christie went on to design the T-34 tank the Russians built during WWII, after the US refused it in favor of the Sherman.
The T-34 was far better than the Panzer, which was in turn far better than the Sherman.
Here's Christie's other unusual invention that has the most survivor's:
I have been next to the black beast Alco when it was started, and my god the noise that thing can make! I could not imagine a 1200 cid four! These races must have been amazing the cars left behind still are 100 year later!
I believe the article I read about the 1935 Monaco-Trossi Radial Engine Racer said that its weight distribution meant it "understeered magnficently" which I suspect would be a good way to describe this 4 cylinder beast: magnficent understeer. 7.5" pistons! I laugh about a 428 having coffee-can-sized pistons, but this thing really does! And it has the jumbo sized ones!
Walter Christie’s 1906 Vanderbilt Cup Racer earlier can be seen here. If you are interested in the details, Christie expert Lee Stohr tells all about this car and more @ http://theoldmotor.com/?p=33330
This machine above really understeered, the 1909 model the Barney ran handled much better but was hard on the tires that were available at the time. Christie even equipped it w/an extra right front wheel and tire for a while for oval track racing. Tires became much more reliable quickly and Oldfield was able to run it on only four tires when he used it between 1912-16
The final drive Christie's machines sure resembles the Sherman tank final drive.
Walt Christie is better known to military historians as the inventor of the "Christie Suspension." This suspension was used on some U.S. military vehicles but was more widely accepted by European tank builders. The most famous tank using his suspension design is probably the Russian T-34.